A business is an organization or economic system where trade of goods and services takes place to earn profit to raise the wealth of their owners. It is related with the continuous production and distribution of goods and services for money. Every business requires some sort of investment and sufficient clients to whom goods and services can be exchanged on a constant basis to earn money. Business may also be not-for-profit or privately owned. A business owned by a large number of workers may be referred to as a company, although this term has other more precise definitions. There are different types of businesses such as Sole proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation and Cooperative that are further classified into several categories like agriculture and mining businesses, financial businesses, information businesses, real estate businesses, service businesses and transportation businesses. Get detailed information about the term business, its varied divisions and sub-divisions, and other functional areas of business such as marketing, accounting finance, management that are ideal for users learning business through our wide collection of business books.
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The etymology of "business" connects with the state of being busy whether as an individual or community as a whole, doing some profitable work. However, the word is originated from the old English word bisignis that refers to commercial or professional operation that involves exchanging of goods and services in lieu of other things or money.