Yes, I am in big trouble without a plan B right now ... plan B was blowing off work today and playing for 4 hours at the park.
The other issue, besides the privacy thing when you start calling parents, and depending on someone ... is that when you are a small business, your employees become family. At least, that`s the kind of culture I have for my business. When there`s only a few people, the setting seems a lot more intimate. Especially when one of my employees works right in my house, and is around my child - that person is adopted family to me.
I am not the kind of boss who has really clear cut boundaries between BOSS and EMPLOYEE. I work with my employees like a team, and we all care about each other and make compromises.
So, I definitely think that is a much different dynamic for our little startup than when I used to work at companies with 100+ people.