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What expense category does business development come under?

There is no one answer to this question as the correct expense category for business development will vary depending on the business and the specific activities undertaken.

Some Possible Expense Categories for Business Development

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Product Development
  • Research and Development

Factors to Consider When Deciding on an Expense Category for Business Development

There are a few factors that should be considered when deciding which expense category is most appropriate for business development activities:

  • The type of activity being undertaken - is it marketing, sales, product development, or something else?
  • The purpose of the activity - is it to generate new leads, convert leads into customers, or something else?
  • The cost of the activity - is it a one-time expense or will it be ongoing?


Business development activities can fall under multiple expense categories, and the most appropriate category will depend on the specific activities being undertaken and the goals of the business. Careful consideration should be given to ensure that expenses are properly categorized for accurate financial reporting.

The information provided in this article does not constitute legal or financial advice and is for general informational purposes only. Please check with an attorney or financial advisor to obtain advice with respect to the content of this article.
“Accurate classification of expenses is vital for businesses as it forms the backbone of financial reporting, tax compliance, and strategic decision-making. It enables businesses to track and analyze their spending patterns, identify cost-saving opportunities, and assess the profitability of various operations or projects. Having a single source to turn to for accounting classification suggestions, such as the Ramp Expense Classifier tool, is immensely helpful as it provides consistency, reduces ambiguity, and streamlines the expense classification process.”
Audrey Carroll
Senior Manager, Accounting, Ramp

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