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Melanie Howell_Virtual Business Manager.

About Me...

Hi, I’m Melanie Howell and I am a Virtual Business Manager.  I work alongside local small businesses who need support in running and maintaining their operations, so they can invest more time working towards their business vision.

Working together, I can support you to streamline your processes and develop a strategy that will give you a new foundation for business growth.  And, as your partner, I will guide you through the implementation of this strategy, becoming your right-hand person as you work through the process.

I am an experienced administrator having worked at a senior level for many years.  Some of the previous organisations I worked for included Local Government, a Property Consultancy and an International Company.  My experience includes strategic development, travel arrangements, organisational tasks and facilities management amongst much more. 

It’s not all work and no play though!  Outside of work I enjoy growing veg in our tiny allotment with my partner, walking our crazy rescue Staffy and watching movies; I am a big Science Fiction fan especially Star Wars!

Are you losing sight of your original purpose - the reason you started your business in the first place?

What is a Virtual Business Manager?

The official definition of a Virtual Business Manager (VBM) is a remotely-based support professional who manages online based businesses, including the day-to-day management of projects, operations, team members and metrics.

The role of a VBM boils down to one simple thing - to free up business owners so they can focus their time and energy on the things that only THEY can do in their business. And most business owners look to hire a VBM when they are overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time to do it.  In order for them to take their business to the next level, they need to pull themselves out of the day-to-day management activities and focus on growth.  Managing everything else becomes the responsibility of the VBM.

While Virtual Assistants are usually task-oriented, a VBM is more project and management focussed. Their role is to manage your business and look at things from an overall perspective, really getting to know you and your business inside out.

Unlike a VA, who generally needs to be guided on what to do next, a VBM will manage the day-to-day activities of a client's business using their skills, knowledge and experience with business tools, systems and strategies.

VAs tend to work, on average, around 15 hours per month for a client. VBMs will typically work for a minimum of 20 hours a month or more, which means they usually work with a smaller number of clients.

A VBM needs time — time to get to know your business, understand how it works and how to best use their skills to manage it.  But the result is a person who knows your business as well as you do, giving you the freedom to do the things you do best.

You need a guide to support you as you steer your business to the next level.

How it works...

Working with a Virtual Business Manager is much more than just having someone you outsource to – it's a partnership that builds a new foundation for business growth.


As your VBM, I will help you streamline your processes and develop a strategy for sustainable development. Drawing on my experience in senior admin and strategic roles, I provide flexible, cost-effective support with a practical, common sense approach.  I'll help get things running smoothly and free up time so you can focus on what you do best.

What Next?
We can have a 30-minute, no obligation, Discovery Call where we can discuss your requirements and whether we would be a good working fit.  This can be via Skype, telephone or in person.  

Helping your business reach more of the people who need you is my way of making the world a better place.

Melanie Howell, Virtual Business Manager 2019

Email:   melanie@melaniehowell.co.uk

Phone:  07895 036624

Dursley, Gloucestershire, UK

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