Some people may interchange the words “employee” and “entrepreneur,” but true entrepreneurs know that there is no comparison. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an employee, some people strive to go beyond that an be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs separate themselves from employees in several ways.
Entrepreneurs improve their skills; employees improve their weaknesses
Entrepreneurs view focusing on weaknesses as futile; instead, they draw on their strengths. They don’t waste time trying to fix their weaknesses. They delegate anything that they know they are not strong at doing. Who do they delegate these tasks to? Their employees!
Entrepreneurs delegate; employees do it themselves
Entrepreneurs are constantly looking to delegate tasks. They understand the monetary value of their time, and they put their focus on things that only they can do. By delegating tasks, they open themselves up to focus more on their expertise. Employees do the opposite. They attempt to do it all themselves, and oftentimes see it as a weakness when they can’t handle it all. When this happens, employees become overwhelmed and sometimes resentful of their employer.
Entrepreneurs may produce lousy work; employees are perfectionists.
Employees, constantly under the watchful eye of their bosses, strive for perfectionism. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, thrive on lousy work. Why? Because in their minds, putting out lousy work means that at least they’re producing, and it’s better to create and fail than to not have created at all. That is a huge difference in the work quality between employees and entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs have flexible schedules; employees do not.
Entrepreneurs typically have a very flexible schedule and can cancel commitments easily to give time to any family or other obligations. An employee, however, has an inflexible schedule and needs to obtain formal allowable leave to give time to family and obligations.
Entrepreneurship is certainly not for everyone. If you value consistency and order, you are more likely to be a great employee. However, if you strive to make it big on your own, you are an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs constantly improve their skills, they delegate work and they have a flexible schedule.