Revenue stream

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A revenue stream is a source of revenue of a company or organization.

In business, a revenue stream is generally made up of either recurring revenue, transaction-based revenue, project revenue, or service revenue. In government, the term revenue stream often refers to different types of taxes.[1]

Recurring revenue[edit]

Recurring revenue is revenue that is likely to continue to be generated regularly for a significant period of time.[2] It is typically used by companies that sell subscriptions or services.[3] It could be take the form of bills paid monthly by consumers, or commercial contracts lasting several years.[2] An example of this is monthly phone contracts. Unless the contract is broken or the customer does not pay, the phone business is guaranteed monthly revenue for the duration of the contract, often 2 years.[4]

Recurring revenue is often tracked on either a monthly basis (as monthly recurring revenue) or an annual basis (as annual recurring revenue).[5]

Transaction based revenue[edit]

These revenues based on predictable sales of goods.[6] Revenue is earned by a transaction from a customer. A customer in a clothing store, buying a new jacket, generates a transaction based revenue. This type of revenue is often considered less attractive than the recurring model because an action is required to attract customers.

Project revenue[edit]

These are revenues generated through one time projects. Companies that rely entirely or largely need to invest a lot of effort into maintaining customer relationships. In this type of model, revenue is hard to predict, because it is hard to know what lies further down the road.[6]

Service revenue[edit]

This revenue model sells the time of oneself or of a company's employees.[6] The service revenue model is often used in combination with one of the other models. An example of service based model are consulting firms. The offer their advice and commonly charge per hour.

Revenue generation[edit]

The Business Model Canvas lists 7 ways of generating revenue: asset sales, usage fees, subscription fees, lending/leasing/renting, licensing, brokerage fees, and advertising.[citation needed]

Asset sale[edit]

An asset sale is completed, when the buyer acquires the assets dropped by a company.[7] An example of an asset sale is when a shoe store sells a pair of shoes to a customer. By doing this, the shoe shop sells the ownership rights[8] to the buyer, giving him complete freedom over what to do with the pair of shoes. This type of revenue belongs to the transaction based revenue.

Subscription fees[edit]

A company sells the repeated access to a product or a service.[9] Mobile phone companies for example, generally sell their phone service through a monthly subscription plan. This model was pioneered by magazines and newspapers. This model is desirable because often a contract binds the customer to pay for the offered product or service. This means, a company can make a much more precise revenue forecast. This revenue stream belongs to the recurring revenue model.

Lending / leasing / renting[edit]

This sort of revenue is made by giving someone access to an asset, which can be a product or a service.[10] The key difference to a subscription fee is that this asset still belongs to the company. Common examples include car rentals or hardware leasing. This revenue stream also belongs to the recurring revenue model.

The above-mentioned are only some of the most popular revenue streams. With the growth of the internet, companies are beginning to look for new internet based revenue streams.

Examples[edit]

Consumer goods[edit]

Food service[edit]

An example of how businesses are managing to create new revenue streams without substantial capital investment,[11] can be found in gastronomy. Restaurant managers and planners are beginning to offer multiple lines of service as opposed to opening new restaurants. One of these services is catering. Offering a catering service does not require the huge amount of investment, whereas opening a new restaurant does. Also catering attracts an entirely new customer base. This allows restaurants to increase the number of revenue streams without needing large investments.[12]

Film industry[edit]

Software industry[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Revenue Streams". Inc.com. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Recurring Revenue Definition | Investopedia". Investopedia. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  3. ^ Cook, Andrew (2017-06-13). "The Importance of MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue)". Five23. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  4. ^ "The 5 Best Kinds of Recurring Revenue". Inc.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  5. ^ "Metric Analysis: Monthly & Annually Recurring Revenue - Hivemetric". Hivemetric. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Revenue models, product pricing & commercializing new technology". MaRS. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  7. ^ "What is an Asset Sale? - Definition from Divestopedia". Divestopedia.com. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  8. ^ "Revenue Streams in Business Model Canvas". Cleverism. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  9. ^ "Revenue Streams in the Business Model". www.ecommerce-digest.com. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  10. ^ "11 Revenue Streams For SaaS Business". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  11. ^ "Revenue Streams - Industry examples of revenue streams". www.referenceforbusiness.com. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  12. ^ Lavecchia, Gina (2000). Profits on a silver platter: Restaurant Hospitality.