Business

A business (also known as enterprise or firm) is an organization engaged in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers. Businesses are predominant in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and administered to earn profit to increase the wealth of their owners. Businesses may also be not-for-profit or state-owned. A business owned by multiple individuals may be referred to as a company, although that term also has a more precise meaning.

The etymology of "business" relates to the state of being busy either as an individual or society as a whole, doing commercially viable and profitable work. The term "business" has at least three usages, depending on the scope — the singular usage to mean a particular organization; the generalized usage to refer to a particular market sector, "the music business" and compound forms such as agribusiness; and the broadest meaning, which encompasses all activity by the community of suppliers of goods and services. However, the exact definition of business, like much else in the philosophy of business, is a matter of debate and complexity of meanings.

Read more about Business:  Basic Forms of Ownership, Classifications, Management, Organization and Government Regulation

Famous quotes containing the word business:

    And what if my descendants lose the flower
    Through natural declension of the soul,
    Through too much business with the passing hour,
    Through too much play, or marriage with a fool?
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    The simple opposition between the people and big business has disappeared because the people themselves have become so deeply involved in big business.
    Walter Lippmann (1889–1974)

    Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
    Augustine Birrell (1850–1933)