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What are Operating assets?

Operating assets (Definition)

Operating assets are items that a business buys to help it run its day-to-day operations – in other words they help the business make money. This means things that help the business make money. These assets are not held for resale but are needed to run the company's main business. They are very important for any business, and the company can't operate without them. Operating assets do include:

  • Cash
  • Accounts receivable
  • Prepaid expenses
  • Stock
  • Building
  • Machinery and other equipment
  • Patents and copyrights
  • Goodwill

Operating assets do not include assets that are used for long-term investments, like marketable stocks, assets that have been put on sale, and investment assets, such as an investment property.

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