I'd just as soon hire a company that has the resources to leave a warm body at the job site while the CEO takes care of business, golfs, or whatever the heck they want to do, even if it means paying more for the service. I don't care about the personal experience. Especially, when it concerns a paint job. Wall covering, on the other hand, is more specialized, and I would understand if that service was provided by a solo self employed operator.The Auto body repair shop owner I did an estimate for on Friday finally realized how to balance the need to give his work his best, have a family life, and not encounter total burn out.
He take Fridays off.
When we are young, we have the energy and even the drive to put our all into the business, but believe me, when you reach the mid to late 50's it catches up with you, and it ain't pretty.
Balance your work load so you have time to unwind. Constant stress is detrimental. Most of us never consider it as stress, it's just building a business. We find out soon enough what this long term strain does.
Those who are employed have a work day that ends when the whistle blows. Business owners, either solo or boss of others, have plenty of unfinished business after the brush is put down and the whites come off.
If you feel compelled to give the customer eight full hours at the wall, then schedule a day off each week to take care of the other necessary tasks needed to keep the business going.
Remember, we solos spend approx 1/3 of our work related time NOT at the wall, doing paper work, estimating jobs, gathering supplies, maintaining tools, and all the other "invisible" tasks needed to run a business.
Allow for that time. PLEASE.