Freedom and Independence
As a small business owner I get to do everything I WANT, when I WANT.
I can make the sales, talk to customers, keep the books, go out for lunch when I WANT.
Take a morning off to play tennis or leave early to spend quality time with my children and wife.
I can come in as early as I WANT and / or stay as late as I WANT. As the owner, I have the key.
I like your answer "Freedom and Independence".
Some friends asked me about my current life. I told them "Everyday is Friday". I work longer. I work harder. And I am happier.
This is my dream I am making right now is to have that financial independence and feedom.
I love being a Small Business Owner, but not just because of the freedom and independence.
For me, it is more of a feeling of self-accomplishment. I have put together an organization that is succeeding by helping others to succeed. It's looking at the thank you letters from my clients for helping them achieve their dreams of entrepreneurship. It's the first meeting with a new client, and seeing how shaky yet determined they are. I could keep naming specific feelings here, but essentially it comes down to, loving what I do.
Of course setting my own hours is nice too
Great answers so far, keep 'em coming!