Business Activities: Definition & Types

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Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Business activities encompass all types of actions meant to help a company earn profits. In this lesson, you'll learn more about business activities, the various types, and how they're interconnected.

Business Activities

If you do a quick scan of 'business activities' on a search engine, you'll come up with more than 382 million explanations of what that means. Luckily, the definition of business activities for this lesson can easily be defined in the following way: business activities are any actions taken by a company for the purpose of making money. Pretty simple, huh?

In the arena of business activities, there are three types or classifications. Let's take a closer look.


Business activities, while ultimately all connected in their pursuit of economic success, have been broken down into three types to explain their place in the business world. They include:

1. Industry

Industries are marked on the basis of the products manufactured or produced. You've probably heard about the automotive industry, the restaurant industry, or the apparel industry - all named in a sort of self-explanatory fashion that should give you some idea what each of those industries produces. The automotive industry is concerned with all things dealing with vehicles; the restaurant industry provides a variety of lunches and dinners to hungry diners; and the apparel industry is focused on the buying and selling of clothing items for men, women, and children.

Inside of an industry are various components such as design, production, manufacturing, and processing, but each industry is focused on their particular products or services. Ultimately, in industry, the goal is to produce products that consumers will accept and purchase, to make that industry money.

2. Commerce

While industry focuses on making and manufacturing products, commerce works to take those products and get them in the hands of consumers. Commerce, as a part of business activities, focuses on the activities that facilitate the selling of goods. That might include:

  • Transportation, or getting products from one place to another through road, rail, air, or sea
  • Banking, or financial assistance to help produce and distribute goods
  • Warehousing, which serve as the middle men and helps in distributing goods
  • Marketing and advertising, or educating consumers and promoting products to increase awareness

Using these various categories, commerce is able to provide the manufactured goods to the right customers at the right time. Commerce encompasses both trade and auxiliary services. When all of those pieces work together, goods are efficiently distributed to the appropriate places.

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