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Business Vocabulary

to balance the books: to not spend more money than you are earning

to be self-employed: to work for yourself/to not work for an employer

to cold call: to make a sales call to someone without asking them for permission first

cut throat competition: when one company lowers its prices, forcing other companies to do the same, sometimes to a point where business becomes unprofitable

to do market research: to do research into what potential customers would or wouldn’t buy

to draw up a business plan: to write a plan for a new business

to drum up business: to try to get customers

to earn a living: to earn money

to go bust: when a business is forced to close because it is unsuccessful

cash flow: the money coming in and going out of a business

to go into business with: to join another person to start or expand a business

to go it alone: to start your own business

to go under: (see ‘to go bust’)

to have a web presence: to have a website or social  media profile that showcases your business

to launch a product: to start selling and promoting a new product

to lay someone off: when a company ends an employee’s contract of employment

lifestyle business: a business that is set up to bring in a sufficient income and no more

to make a profit: to earn more money than it costs to run the business

niche business: a business that serves a small, particular market

to raise a company profile: to make more people aware of a business

to run your own business: to have a business of your own

sales figures: a report of the income a company generates through sales of products or services

to set up a business: to start a business

stiff competition: strong competition from other companies in the same area of work

to take on employees: to employ people

to take out a loan: to borrow money

to win a contract: when a business gets legally-binding work with an individual or company

to work for yourself: (see ‘to be self-employed’)

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