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Business Assistance during Covid-19

At Amellior, we know the concern and challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to individuals and to businesses alike. Our focus is primarily on ensuring the health and safety of our immediate and extended team, clients and our community. The negative impact on businesses could be major and we are already seeing some significant disruption. We are all showing up not only to run Amellior, but to broaden our flexibility and assist our clients – existing and new – beyond what we have ever had to do before. We are also checking in with one another and making sure we are as calm, collected and as happy as we can be during these most difficult of times. We love being the team that we are, and we love serving you. 

During this unprecedented time, businesses are having to shift their processes and operations and are having to review costs, including those relating to their workforce. As business owners and managers look for ways to keep their businesses afloat, key unfinished tasks can build up in the background, and planning for a post-COVID-19 scenario may not even be a factor for many companies. None of us knows what the world will look like as we emerge from the current pandemic, but we do know that it will look different. 

If you are struggling with your to-do list or simply need an extra pair of capable hands to help with tasks that need urgent attention, we are here, with special rates and more-flexible-than-ever terms to help see you through this challenging time.

We are a team of hard-working, dedicated and experienced Virtual Assistants (VAs), marketing experts, social media practitioners, management consultants, and more, and there is rarely a business support role that we cannot fulfil, however large or small.

We are also great planners and thinkers. Creativity and common sense form the backbone of our company ethos, and we can help you plan your company’s “exit” from this crisis. 

Please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can arrange a no-obligation call with you to discuss your challenges. Wishing you all the best, Louise and team at Amellior.

 

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The benefits of smart-sourcing for small and growing businesses

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A plethora of tips for growing your business exists out there: lists of tips, the dos and don’ts of every aspect of the business from credit control to marketing. But what holds them all together and where is value truly derived? When you started this business it was easy: or rather, it wasn’t easy, it just became necessary to learn as quickly as possible. It looked straightforward, at least. Areas you couldn’t handle you either ignored (usually marketing!) or assigned to someone very focussed on that one function, e.g. accounts. You tried to focus on why you had set up your business in the first place – your core skill and the function that brings in the money, only to find that you were being distracted by things such as your need for a CRM, your need to set up meetings, book travel, get your proposals looking top notch, researching a prospect’s industry and preparing spreadsheets for your accountant and decide on which software tools night improve your company’s efficiency and store its data effectively and usefully. Not only that, but everyone was telling you that you needed to be “all over” Social Media, and yet you haven’t a clue, plus is this REALLY the best use of your time?

So you may have considered outsourcing. Outsourcing is typically a decision based just on cost-saving, and of course on time-saving, but businesses also need partners who can innovate and increase efficiency across some of their non-core processes.

Smart-sourcing is more strategic and brings more to the table than just cost- and time-saving. It brings (or should bring) a faster, better and more effective way of doing things. It’s about effective partnering to lower risk and to increase quality. As a business, you should be focussed on your core competencies - understanding these is essential if you are to identify where you should focus energy and resources. It is also key to understanding and accepting those that detract from or dilute your resources.

At Amellior we have been providing smart-sourcing to a wide range of clients for more than nine years.  We are a group of people who, between them, have many years of valuable experience in helping start-ups, small businesses, SMEs and bigger businesses not just with core operations, but in understanding areas of their businesses that they may not have had sight of. The services we provide are never “off-the-shelf” and often link seemingly non-connected areas of the business. We typically act as part of our clients’ teams and work seamlessly with them, bringing insight from other industries and ways of working, and always increasing efficiency. We recognise how important trust, value, business insight and pro-activity are to businesses of all sizes and how they help them perform well and grow.

When considering how a business – or outsourced individual – can help you with areas of the business that are either simply not working, or are not working at their optimum, consider just how that value will be delivered, how pro-active they are likely to be, and whether the functions they are set to perform will become just a silo-ed part of a business that should function cohesively and at its best. This is, of course, best avoided. Smart-sourcing is the way forward, and we’re pleased to be playing a role in it.

Will your Small Business New Year's Resolutions list include "Letting Go"?

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It’s the time of year we think most excitedly about forthcoming plans for our lives, and our businesses. This is going to be THE year, we tell ourselves. The year I get my back office ducks in a row, the year I start doing Social Media “properly”, the year I finally get that extra pair of hands to help me chase those invoices, the year I get some HR advice, the year that I do all of the above.

And yet, in the back of your mind you may be quietly convincing yourself that while YOU can still carry out all those tasks, what would be the point of using a Virtual Assistant or consultant to help you – wouldn’t that just be a waste of money? So I suggest you ask yourself, which of the tasks you’re carrying out did you actually set up the business for? Did you have it in mind you would be a credit controller when you set up your management consultancy? Did you fancy yourself as a marketer (despite no experience) when you set up your technology company? Did you really want to be sitting up at night researching your competitor and industry news when you set up your recruitment company? And while you’re carrying out all those extra administrative tasks, what’s happening to the time you could be spent concentrating on your core business? Are you expecting to run your business effectively if you’re exhausted and burnt out? Also, ask yourself how you are being perceived to your prospects (and indeed existing clients) – can you deliver your core services to them if you covering all – or most - bases within your company?

The excitement we feel at the prospect of change and growth at the beginning of each year often fades away as the weeks and months pass, as does our resolve to make those changes we promised ourselves. Sometimes we simply don’t know how to make the changes, or convince ourselves it’s too expensive for the business right now, without realising that the very thing you could be spending on can ultimately be helping you MAKE money. How often have you said to yourself “I’ll get that extra help I need once I’ve hit this or that target”, only for the target never to be hit, or to be shifted again by some outside force?

Let me cut to the chase: why not make THIS year, this MONTH the time you take a step in the direction of getting the help and support you need? It’s simple. Are you worried that someone working with you in a remote way won’t “get” you and your business and that you will have little or no control? Letting go of tasks you don’t enjoy anyway can be liberating beyond belief, and who knows what that extra pair of hands and that extra business brain, can bring to your entire life, as well as your business.

Make time for yourself, and your friends and family. Step out of the office environment from time-to-time to clear your head and refresh yourself and your ideas. Outsourced staff from a solid, reliable Business Support or Virtual Assistants company will get to know your business intimately and work as part of your very own team. They will have your back and they will bring vital fresh thinking and experience to your business too. Take the leap and, trust me, you will not look back!