If your definition of slave is that loose, than anyone who has to work, at all, is, in some way, a slave. (Could I have used more commas?) But I think millions of people throughout history, who actually were slaves, would find that definition a bit too broad. For most of us though, our jobs are either a means to an end or for the luckier people, their job is something that they would do even if they weren't being paid. This is true regardless of whether you work for a company or yourself. Most people I know who are self employed work much, much harder for their dollar than I do. I think both being self-employed and working for someone else each have advantages and disadvantages, and for different people those can be different. Where as I say "not having to be responsible for invoicing" is a major plus, others may say "not having control of the billing cycle" is a major problem.
I don't like my job, but I don't consider myself anything even close to approaching a slave. I have family who own and run a farm. They don't work for a company, but their schedule is much more rigid than mine will ever be.
Father of Aiden Thomas Dec 10, 2004-Dec 15, 2004 and Dean Paul June 12, 2008