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Difference Between Business and Profession

Following are the main difference between business and profession.

1. Minimum qualification

→ No qualification is required to start a business.

→ A minimum technical or academic qualification is needed to join a profession.

2. Capital 

→ An adequate amount of capital is required to run the business efficiently.

→ Real capital is the competency and specialized knowledge of the profession.

3. Objective 

→ The main objective of the business is to earn profits.

→ Service first, profit second is the main objective of the profession.

4. Risk

→ There is an element of risk in the business.

→ In profession, there is minimum risk.


5. Secrecy

→ The secrecy in the business transactions is not necessary.

→ A professional must maintain the secrecy of dealings with his clients.


6. Code of Conduct

→ There is no specific code of conduct for the business.

→ There is a code of conduct for every profession for regulating their dealings.


7. Specialization

→ A businessman need not to have a specialized knowledge for starting a business

→ A professional must have a specialized knowledge in the profession which he wants to join.

8. Advertisement

→ Generally, the goods are advertised in business to increase sales.

→ Advertisement is prohibited in all the professions according to their code of conduct.


9. Criteria of Efficiency

→ Profits in business is the only criteria of efficiency.

→ Quality of service rendered is the basis of measuring the efficiency.

10. Transferability

→ One can easily transfer his interest in business to other. For example father can transfer his business to his son.

→ Profession involves the specialized knowledge which can not be transferred to any other person.


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