I guess being your own boss affords you the freedoms YOU want, not the ones decided by a union in a collective bargaining agrrement. I don't have to go through all the hoops of seneority to get my vacations or the job I really want or that training course I fell like taking!
Short of having a secretary, Jobber does help in keeping your head clear of all the little stuff. It's hard to only work 40 hours a week and keep up a quality customer service. Some people are only home in the evenings and some people have weekend places, so that makes it hard to get estimates done during regular business hours. I try to make up for it when I can by taking a slower day during the week and going out for breakfast or lunch with my girlfriend. Or taking a nap on a random afternoon, I love naps!
Two things have helped me in not going completly balistic in this business stuff:
1- Having alot of work! Getting large municipal contracts guarantees me work, so I don't feel the stress of having to win all my bids to keep everyone busy. I know that even if shit hits the fan, I can send out 5-6 guys with a one-ton truck and a six-inch chipper and make 7-11 K per week, without hardly any management. That is huge for me! Frees me up and I can pick and choose what we do any given day. I don't schedule much either, so I can change everything up in a moments notice!
2- My girl has a good job. She could pretty much pay for everything with her salary, whatever I bring in is extra for home improvements, vacations, outings.