Having been in business for ourselves for 25 years, we can attest to the truths in your post, Excel. We worked night and day. Fed cattle at night, Milt and daughter to a pasture north of town. Son and I to the farm to feed. Nights were work on tools, get orders for supplies, figure bids, do payroll and do bookkeeping, etc.
We live in a gossipy small town... and a man once said NO way we could make as much money as we had doing brickwork. He had kin who were bricklayers and we MUST be running drugs or something on the side.
Depends on one's perspective and which side of the spectrum you are on..huh?