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10 Differences between a Businessman and Entrepreneur

Are you a businessman or an entrepreneur? Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between the two? Business people and entrepreneurs have many similarities. They both provide jobs for the unemployed, give solutions to the consumers, and help in developing the economy of a certain nation. However, they are not the same kind of people. The following are 10 differences between a businessman and an entrepreneur:

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1. On the originality of idea

A businessman can make a business out of an unoriginal business or product idea. He enters into existing businesses, such as franchising and retailing. He chooses a hot and profitable business idea regardless of whether it is his original idea or borrowed from someone else.

An entrepreneur is an inventor and the first creator of a product. He invests time, energy and money on his own idea. He doesn’t start a business from an unoriginal idea. That is why he starts on a startup while a businessman starts on a business.

2. On the purpose of doing

Most businessmen are doing business for profit, livelihood, for reaching their financial goals, and for becoming their own boss. Though, there are some business people who are not profit-oriented but people-oriented, that is, they are more concerned on the welfare of their workers and the satisfaction of their customers. Entrepreneurs are more concerned on changing the world. They want to pursue their passion and achieve an ultimate goal. They are not keen on financial returns, rather they are focused on what they can offer to the world. Their purpose for entrepreneurship is simply to make a difference in this world.

3. On the degree of risks taken

Businessmen take calculated and managed risks. They cannot afford to lose money and suffer from bankruptcy. That is why they always do the Math when it comes to business. Entrepreneurs are like sky divers. They take crazy risks. They often don’t care of losing time and money just to pursue their passion. But since they do it with love, joy and passion, they often gain extraordinary rewards. Entrepreneurs, since they do the things they love the most, they do it with the best of themselves, resulting to greater success.

4. On how he treats employees

A business owner is an employer and a manager. He hires employees and workers to help his business grow. An entrepreneur is a friend and a leader. He finds peers and PEOPLE, whom he will never treat as machines. He invites them to help them grow.

5. On how he treats customers

A business owner usually sees customers as his source of sales and revenues. For him, customers are the lifeblood of his business. An entrepreneur sees customers as his source of duty and fulfillment. For him, customers are his own life blood.

6. On how he sees the competition

A business owner tries hard to beat his competitors and win the competition. He also considers cooperation rather than competition to achieve certain goals. An entrepreneur tries hard to beat his worst competitor – himself.

7. On what he thinks of money

Losing money is one of the biggest worries of businessmen. Most business owners rely on a good economy to start, operate and attain success in business, especially in the retail, franchising and financing industry. Entrepreneurs do not worry a lot about money since they can always start from a scratch. Some entrepreneurs don’t really care about money at all.

8. On how he deals with time

A businessman doesn’t waste time. He always check the clock and doesn’t want any work or output to be delayed out of schedule. He is fast and always on the go. An entrepreneur works like an artist or a scientist in a lab. His product is his masterpiece. That is why he can be slow and could spend a longer period of time to finish and perfect his product.

9. On how he sees the world

A businessman sees the world as an opportunity. He sees it as an opportunity to make a living. He also sees it as an opportunity help the people living on it. An entrepreneur sees the world as a duty rather than an opportunity.

10. On how he defines success

A businessman defines success as the success of his business and its stakeholders. Its stakeholders include himself, co-owners, employees, customers, investors, and even his community. An entrepreneur doesn’t define success. He simply do his job and let history defines the success that he accomplished. Remember that this list is only according to my own opinion, and I don’t mean to put one of them on top of the other. Both businessmen and entrepreneurs are supposed to be the kind of people that our world needs. A businessman needs an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur may also need a businessman. There can also be a person who is partly a businessman and partly an entrepreneur.

About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

Leave a Comment:

Qadeem Khan Mohabbat says February 16, 2016

Thank you very much.

Ahmed Mahmoud says February 24, 2016

Really I had to tell you that I enjoyed reading it.

Chris Mbah says March 14, 2016

thanks so much, your article has enlighten me

pushkar says April 2, 2016

Thanx for your insight, now i know why i think differently from my brothers as we all are businessmen but me being an entrepreneur more (upto 70%) ๐Ÿ™‚

Peter Batse says April 12, 2016

This is a nice write up. Thanks.

Rohan D says April 20, 2016

Wow thanks man for clarifying
I was taking both same at first but now it cleard me .

stephan paulo says May 23, 2016

I like this explanation about the differences between an entrepreneur an businessmen cause its absolutely true about them

Jerahmeel says June 21, 2016

Very informative…I really had to tell you that your website is great with factual information about the differences between Businessman and Entrepreneur

Kumkani Tshaka says June 30, 2016

Thank you Brother. Wishing you success in your endeavors.

SEMBETA AMANI says July 2, 2016

thank you very much Mr. Jon

FAITH says July 3, 2016

WOW!!! I really loved this. I never knw there were many differences between the two terms but you enlighthened me. Thank you so much.

christopher says July 11, 2016

thanks sir now i know the difference.but i prefer the businessman hahaha

Ankita says August 1, 2016

Excellent post Jon. Many assume that anybody starting a new business as an enterpreneur. I agree with most of the differences listed. A friend of mine has started a new business, but has induced few innovative services lateron. So i believe he has both qualities. Your opinion?

lun says August 13, 2016

well said

Kent Dominguez says October 10, 2016

Thank you Mr. Jon for explaining the differences between an entrepreneur and businessman that because of the differences, I am able to see that entrepreneur is what I want to become in the future and what I will take in college. Thanks again & God Bless!:))

Tembo abey says October 22, 2016

Oh thats so great

luckson says October 29, 2016

wow,,, that realy inspires and motvates me to reinstall my energy and focus…

Sherry Brookes says March 26, 2017

My husband is an entrepreneur so I share in the wisdom you share, thank you. All the best and you are right on. All the best to you and your family.

SSEKAJJA JACOB says May 8, 2017

Wonderful stuff please keep it up. Bring in more

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Renz says June 6, 2017

define entrepreneur and business man

Ngwu chinaza says June 28, 2017

Its fun doing things that gives u joy .nice write up have the fun

Valerie says June 10, 2019

Thank you for the analysis. It was clear and I have better understanding on it.

Vijay Bhurke says July 4, 2019

Thanks so much for difference between businessman and entrepreneur ๐Ÿ™

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