There are reputable definitions of business and I wouldn’t attempt to define it here. However, I’m sharing my thoughts on the subject.
It can be confusing when we try to separate Career from Business. Some people say “I’m a Career Professional”, and their counterparts say “I’m a Business Person”.
Both may be right depending on the context in which these terms are used.
However, I believe that Business is how we interact with each other and our environment……it’s an exchange of value for some form of compensation (not necessarily in money terms).
In his book Business Secrets From The Bible, Rabbi Daniel Lapin said “If you have someone willing to pay for the work you do; products you produce; or the services that you provide, then you’re in business!
As an employee, my employer is my customer because he pays for the value I provide…….so, I’m in business.
Someone who cuts hair, or fixes laptops, or sells in the market, in exchange for monetary compensation, are also in business.
Even if the exchange of value is for non-profit purposes, it’s still a business.
Each of the above examples represent a form of value exchange with different customers, they are in all business nonetheless.
As employees, we sometimes get so fixated on “starting your own business” and we forget that we already have one……which is the job you currently do.
You may decide to have a side business. For example, if you bake cakes for fun and you agree to bake some for your friends in exchange for a few dollars for your time……that’s business too.
However, don’t do a shabby job and put up some horrible attitude at work, thinking it’s not your ‘business’-Think again!
So, when I’m at work in the office, I give it my best shot because it’s a business. When I work on my side-business, I also give it my best shot, because it’s a business too.
As I learn and became more valuable, I will enjoy better efficiency and more business opportunities. This is my path to wealth.
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