Owning your own business is great, but there are drawbacks: You can't fire yourself because you own the business. When you are the boss, nobody will fire you (even if they might like to!) If you could fire yourself, you wouldn't be able to collect unemployment (at least not here in Vermont). Your business consumes you, you think about it, talk about it, work on it, 24 hours a day/7days a week. Your customers think they own you, and that's just not right! You no longer have a life, just a business.