Having been a small business owner for 5 years in Residential Renovation and now a small business owner assisting Commercial Businesses, I understand how owner's think. Some might be more risk adverse than others, however, the entrepreneurial mindset is the most exciting arena to work in and with.
Quick Books 2013 was the language we spoke and managing marketing and financial data were the greatest priorities. I produced invoices, 1099 Reports, updated Chart of Accounts, consulted on intranet and software module add-ons for data security. My experience in real estate and networking was invaluable. I could easily source office/warehouse space for the Owner due to my knowledge of Commercial Properties on the island of Maui.
Working in a condo/home office environment gave access to a dog and a kitchen. The "best part" of working in any workplace.
The hardest part was not knowing if the owner was going to come back from Florida due to an immediate family member's illness.