I want to paraphrase the title phrase with but, to get something like: Business is anything but counting a money. With an emphasis on 'counting money'. But that looks for me that the meaning is exactly an opposite of what I want to say.

What would be a right phrase?


PS: For clarification, context is business could be any kind, from mining & banking to making a coffee and serving biscuits. They produce different sort of goods/services but have one thing in common which is counting money to stay somehow profitable.


I'm not really sure if counting money is the right definition, but I think the word you're looking for is basically.

All businesses are basically about counting money
All businesses are basically about saving money
All businesses are basically about making money
All businesses are basically about profit

And you're right about the usage of but, it makes your sentence means the opposite of what you actually want to convey.

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    I agree with @Albert that counting money does not sound like the right expression. I would say making money. – fjack Sep 21 '18 at 5:28
  • @fjack nice one. – Albert Sep 21 '18 at 5:37
  • Thanks guys. 'counting money' I mean for example, company would not pay more for supplies when cheaper options (with the same quality) are available. Or would not pay more to employee if another one could do the same job for a lesser payment. Technically reducing operational spending is sort of 'making money', of course. But that more like 'saving' rather than 'making'. Would All businesses are basically (about) saving money be appropriate then? – user3124812 Sep 24 '18 at 0:21
  • @user3124812 I see, then 'saving money' might work. But I guess the closer term for that is profit (?) All businesses are basically about profit. I think we need an answer from native (I'm not a native English speaker) – Albert Sep 24 '18 at 2:42

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