Business is an activity or endeavor that is typically pursued as a means
of earning a livelihood. Businesses are commercial or industrial
enterprises that produce goods and services. They trade these
products with each other and sell them to customers, using a medium of
exchange called money.
Managing a business today can be a real challenge, especially considering
the variety of skills and services that are necessary to start, maintain,
and expand a business. From clerical and accounting skills to legal
and marketing services, business owners must decide which activities and
tasks to perform in-house and which business services to outsource.
SBA.gov features helpful
information about launching, managing, or growing a business; and this
entrepreneurship guide cites more than 50 helpful resources
that can facilitate the job of starting, growing, or running a business.
Starting a new business requires not only knowledge and skill but also
a well-thought out business plan, financial backing, and the products
and services needed to start the enterprise. Once the planning
is completed and the finances are in place, office or building space
needs to be acquired, along with the needed furniture and fixtures.
Maintaining the business may involve replacing inventory and servicing
of client accounts. As the business grows and finances increase,
the time may come to expand the business by hiring more employees, adding
new product lines, or moving to a larger location.
A business may be established as a sole proprietorship, a partnership,
a cooperative, or a corporation. The type and size of the business,
as well as the breadth of ownership, will generally determine which form
of business ownership is used.
Here you will find a broad selection of business service and office
product resources for busy executives and administrative staff.