Use use a variant of this script. You may need to run it multiple times (three seems to work) -- we automate that as well (using Symantec/Altiris Deployment Solution), but that part can be done in various ways. It makes the need for Service Packs a non-issue for automated deployments, and much less of an issue for everyone.
The main problem is that if you don't use WSUS the script appears to only install Windows Updates, not Microsoft Updates. I haven't figured out how to make that work...but it mostly doesn't affect us, as we DO use WSUS, and the script retrieves all WSUS approved updates.
I was actually on hold in the middle of switching when I saw this poll...
As a small business owner I can say that this is a commonly sited but incorrect assumption. For S Corp. or LLCs, hiring a new person would reduce the net income for the company owner, thus reducing the taxable income. Taxing the profit on an individual (business owner) should have no bearing on hiring -- in fact, it acts as an incentive to invest your profits in expansion of the company through hiring or other deductible expenditures.
Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.