"You think my boss works? Of course not. He comes in when he pleases maybe 4 or 5 hours a day. Takes whatever day off he pleases. Takes multiple vacations per year for one or two weeks at a time. "
Typical bitching from the cheap seats.
I run a business. I'm THERE maybe 4-5 hours a day...because I can work from my home when I get up at 6 am, eat breakfast while I do emails until a lull at perhaps 9-10 (when Europe stops working) and THEN waste minimal time commuting since the wage-drones have all gotten off the road. Then I'm out at 3pm, to go pick up the kids (since my wife works), home, and doing emails/work until probably 7pm.
Oh yeah, and when I have a pissed off customer or emergency? They call me at 9pm, 11pm, 3 am - not the fucking desk-drones who don't answer before 8 or after 5. When the government raises healthcare requirement or there are tax issues, it's *me* laying awake at night, agonizing over how we can cut corners to keep production running, and not lay anyone off, despite costs suddenly climbing 20% in a year. I'm the one sitting at a 6th grade band concert (if I'm able to go) sweating mentally over balance sheets and payroll, not chugging beers at Bennigans with my poor oppressed comrades.
I "get" to travel all over the world, because that's where my customers are. Which means I've missed all the important 'firsts' of my kids, and make enough to allow my wife to be part-time and be the true parent. I'll remember how awesome I have it next time I'm driving some shitty rental car in the rain at 2am because my flight was late, trying to navigate the Escher-like streets of urban NJ trying to find a hotel so I can get up at 6 to *hopefully* have enough time to cover the emergency emails overnight, to make it to customer meetings at 0730.
Oh, and if wage-drone makes a mistake, it might cost us a few $00 or at worst couple $000 on a transaction. I make a mistake? It could cost the company 00's of 000's and the whole branch closes, costing me and worse, 16 of those poor buggers their jobs.
Look, I'm not going to lie; it's hella better to be doing this making $150k than to be slaving away in some shitty clerk job as a $30k wage-slave. But just because he doesn't break a sweat in front of you doesn't mean your boss isn't working.