What’s a solopreneur? An entrepreneur that works solo. Alone. In total control of the direction and the operations of his/her own company. With no hires, and no boss.
Except when I worked as a dish washer during the summer holidays in high school. Being the dish washer is the most low-grade job in the tourism industry, something that’s very well established on the Alps, where I live.
And it was my entry point to working in a hotel in the most beautiful Italian mountain village, at 1800m meters on the sea level.
As a solopreneur it’s the opposite. I have all the responsibilities, and I am always at work. There’s no “show up”. The show is always going on. The show must go on.
It’s always different, but it does not feel like work. It feels like life. Sometimes I take a day off, but that might also be the day where I have my best idea while taking a walk with my dogs on a mountain.
This is what separates employees from solopreneurs: you never forget about work. But I wouldn’t trade my 24⁄7 work/life mix with having no true independence and freedom.