The Self Employed – work for themselves but trade time for money.
The Business Owner – owns a business that does not need the owner present to function.
Owning 50,000 shares of ExxonMobile.
And not worrying about either one.
There’s a big difference between being self-employed and being a business owner. Being self-employed feels like freedom until you realize that if you take time off, your business crumbles. To be a true business owner, make it so that you could leave for a year, and when you came back, your business would be doing better than when you left.
–Derek Sivers, Anything You Want