so what i would like to know is this? is a painting company owners time better spent on the wall or in the office. if you are on the wall < assuming that you are a experienced tradesmen> then you are not getting jobs, getting your budget worked out, or keeping your mind open to the vast possibilities that you can use to move the company to the next level. you can still operate the job through management and job foremen. but if you are on the wall you can also handle the job now and hope for the job then. so what do you guys think which way should one go to work the company just right.on the wall or in the office. now i do understand that as in any trade a owner must be capable to perform the actions that he has his/her crew doing and that at times will have to face the wall but rather where is the best place for the main timing of the owner.