“Business” has somehow been elevated to this mythical level where only people with MBA’s and a stock portfolio can rightly accomplish it. One of the main things you’ll hear about people starting a business is how much “business” they have to do. Banks, financers, investors, and government departments, all seem to care more about your “business” skills than the actual skill you’ll be using to generate revenue. This seems completely backwards to me. The establishment should not be concerned whether or not a house painter knows their debit and credits. They should be more concerned as to whether they can paint a house. This will ultimately dictate their success.
This isn’t to say that there are not skills related to operating a business that need to be learned as you grow. There are many. Heck, ninety nine percent of my job at silverorange is learning and using these skills. It’s key to remember that when you do begin to use business skills they play a supporting role to your company. They are not an end in and of themselves. They facilitate the core skills of what your business actually does.
The best example of understanding this is in this interview with the creators of HomestarRunner.com. They hired a few business types for "anytime there is a deal or whatever, they takes care of that stuff".