If I’m working as a consultant but calling myself an entrepreneur, it reveals that my true goal is my company’s freedom and financial gain, not the success of my client. Entrepreneurs are hyper-focused on their businesses. Consultants are hyper-focused on their clients’ businesses. If you hire an entrepreneur as a consultant, they won’t really care about your business, because an entrepreneur cares most for his own company. A consultant doesn’t have his own business to worry about; his client is his company.
Fascinating distinction. But I am not convinced this “one or the other” perspective is accurate. Further, a consultant who is not self-employed also must focus on the employer’s interests to continue to be employed. I wonder if this whole piece is too focused on absolute labels.