I’ll preface my comment that I always scan my print negatives for post-processing and printing. That said,
–don’t be afraid of home processing C41-it’s actually easier than B&W
–don’t overanalyze the precision needed for processing C41 negatives-scanners are more than able to compensate for errors in development time, and using a digital workflow for post-processing can correct for major color shifts you may get if the temperature is off a bit.
I use an electric pancake griddle to keep a large water-filled aluminum foil container hot to about 100 deg F. I pour my chemicals (developer, bleach, and fix) into 2qt pitchers and place those in the water bath and let them come to temperature. I dip and dunk the rolls of film (135 and 120) into the chemicals for prescribed time. For 4×5 I just use a small tray in the water bath or use home-made BTZS tubes. As I scan the negatives I can correct for film negative cast (i.e., make it pure black), adjust gamma, and set R-G-B while points for color correction.
Give it a try with a cheap C41 development kit (Tetanal, etc) on a roll of film. You won’t really know how easy it is until you try.