Business Owner versus an Entrepreneur – Two Views. To the entrepreneurial novice, being an entrepreneur or a small business owner is interchangeable. However, they are not the same. Sure, they are both self-employed, and need to make money (regardless of how they spend it). But there are a few differences: Entrepreneurs rarely want things to stay as they are. They are looking to change things, develop things, create more energy. Small business owners are often happy with how things are, content to carry on (if successful). Entrepreneurs invent things, look to do things in different ways and are often technically minded. Small business owners are more likely to do something others are doing, such as opening a shop. Entrepreneurs are often looking for the next big thing, ready to move on once their company is good enough. Small business owners are often more sentimental and see their business as part of the community and part of the family.
Small Business Owner or an Entrepreneur?
The fact is, all business owners are entrepreneurs. Drive through the heart of any downtown around the world and you will pass small business after small business – laundromats, restaurants, gas stations, clothing stores and more. Small businesses is the glue that holds small communities together, but we seldom label those business owners “entrepreneurs.” For example, when a plumber comes to fix your toilet, do you think of him or her as a small business owner or as an entrepreneur? We have been conditioned to believe that the entrepreneur title should only apply to people like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos or on a small business scale, the founder of a cool startup that just sold for millions of dollars.
Small business owners have a great idea – Entrepreneurs have big ideas
The fact is, all business owners are entrepreneurs. The size and nature of the business are irrelevant. All entrepreneurs and business owners have the one really important thing in common: they don’t like working for the man (or woman)! They want to be the man! Their desire to run the show means they each believe they have the vision and ability to take an idea from concept to reality, then nurture it over a sustained period of time. It doesn’t matter if you are selling books online or selling them from a brick-and-mortar store, or both.