A quarter of Britons believe entrepreneurs are "lazy" for not wanting a nine to five job - although two-thirds say they have thought about going it alone, according to a new survey.
The poll by vouchercloud.com, also found that more than one in five people see entrepreneurs are inspiring for making the move to make their own money.
Nevertheless, misconceptions about entrepreneurs persist - with 16 per cent of Britons assuming they must have a partner who makes enough to cover them financially when they set up their business.
Two-thirds said they have considered becoming an entrepreneur or self-employment. Of these, half said they had been held back by the need to have a secure, regular income and 30 per cent said they simply didn't have the time.
Another 30 per cent said they had given up being self-employed to get back into regular work.
Chris Johnson, head of operations at vouchercloud.com, said: "It's understandable that many would mistake those who are self-employed or entrepreneurs as lazy for not wanting to work a regular job like the rest of us, but the reality is the complete opposite. Those working for themselves have to put in all the hours god sends to keep work coming in, and are totally accountable to themselves.
"If your employer has a bad month sales-wise, chances are you'll still get to keep your job and receive your monthly salary, but if someone who's self-employed has a slow month, they may not have enough money to cover their bills. They can't clock-out at 5pm every day because they need to be working when they're needed."