If you read Daniel Pink's great work, you know that he champions the role of the 'free agent.' An article by Jeffrey Pfeffer in October 2006, Business 2.0 called, 'Why Free Agents Don't Feel Free' furthers this discussion. It brings up what I believe to be an important point about how free agents, entrepreneurs and small business owners should approach their business.
If you trade hours for dollars, you are still limiting your ability to achieve a balanced lifestyle. Most business owners believe 'time is money' so they work very long hours in exchange for dollars. The missing ingredient is the ability to create passive revenue streams. Put another way, you have to create products that sell while you're not working.
I speak to many small business owners who don't want to create an info product because they believe it will be too much work. If you are an expert in your field, you live and breathe the content for an info product every day. And as for too much work, I think they are forgetting that they will be able to take time off while the product is working.
Think about what you can create. If you have an idea you want to share, don't hesitate to drop me a comment.