Your Logo represents your brand, your brand identifies your business. Your signage represents both your logo and your brand. Do this representations well and you will achieve more clients and more $$$.
Thanks martin_neil - there were some points in your post that I wouldn't have considered thinking of like the cost efficiency of signage and what it can bring to sales.
I have tried having virtual assistants - it has its own issues but definitely works well for most. Virtual assistants need to be properly screened and they need to be competent. If you can't trust a virtual assistant, working miles away from you, then stay away from this trade.
It will be very hard to isolate the ones that can do the job from others who think they can do the job. You just have to screen them and keep an eye on the specifics. However, if you find the right one, then this will work wonders.
I like number 9 and 10 most - Listening to music and having a good time while staying positive. But, no matter what we do, politics is politics and it happens in upper management the most. We just h ave to keep on moving and keep on fighting it with the 10 tips above.
It will be very hard to sell online with a lot of competition but it is doable - requires time, work and patience. You need to research competition with your local market.
Start this business if this is where you are good at or if you think you can outlast the competition. If you can create better designs and have more quality - you can do it. If not, you will only be wasting your time and money in this business.