It is a pain to have to change into several crafting jobs in order to repair armor and weapons.
Its so annoying, that I rather pay the repair guy then go through the hassle.
Perhaps your threshold for tolerating tedium is lower than mine. But I found that once you get used to managing gear sets, it isn't so bad. At first, I would go to the armory, find the right main weapon, equip it, then go to the character menu to equip the gear set for that class. That was very tedious.
However, after watching the developer's video on Duty Finder, I noticed that equipping the main weapon first was an unnecessary step. You can go right into the gear set menu, right click a gear set, and that will change you to the right class and equip all of your gear in one step. Once I started doing it that way, I didn't find it to be a big deal.
Making sure you keep your gear set updated whenever you get new gear is the only down side that I could find. I got into the habit of always reassigning the gear I was wearing to a gear set before changing to a different class.
Out of all the crafts, mining was cool because: YOU GET SNEAK. Yes, you move slowly, but it got me passed many a mob camp to do certain quests etc. I just changed back to my main to continue on.
FYI, Botany gets the same "Stealth" ability as Mining. I expect Fishing to be quite a bit different from Botany and Mining, but I wouldn't be surprised if it also had Stealth.
Also worth noting is that Stealth may not work on higher level mobs. I could have sworn that the in game text indicated that whether Stealth would be effective depended on the level of the mob relative to your Botany/Mining level. The information I can find right now makes it sounds like Stealth only works on mobs lvl 20 and under, regardless of your level.
Either way, if you get a DoW or DoM class leveled high enough, you may be safer running around as that class rather than relying on Stealth.
One more note about Stealth: you can mine/harvest with Stealth up. You don't have to drop it in order to mine/harvest like you did with Invisible in FFXI.
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FFXI veteran (Lyonheart and Lakiskline of Lakshmi)
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