Sarah Mariann Martland
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About My Online Business Support Services

I believe you know yourself and your business better than anyone. I do not buy into or sell any specific formula for business support as I believe we are each complex humans who will have a unique set of needs. I do not believe you or your business needs fixing and I believe you can trust yourself and your knowing of what works and does not work for you.

AND I believe we all need support at times in life, including in our work.

It is from this place and these beliefs where I enter into my work in Online Business Support.

I have a First Class, BA (Hons) Degree in Events (Business) Management, and a Certificate of Excellence that I was awarded by the university faculty members. Before and during this degree I worked in the corporate world in admin roles and then after leaving university I was very clear that I did not belong in that world anymore (my degree taught me this, perhaps more than anything else), and so I started working in the charity sector, initially in administrative roles. Since then I have been creating my own online businesses, using many of the tools and administrative skills I offer my clients in the running of my own businesses.

But the admin tasks themselves aren’t what I’m most passionate about. And yes, I am promoting my work in Online Business Support. . .

Because do you know something(s) I am deeply passionate about?

I am passionate about working with gorgeous humans whose businesses are in line with my values and my other work in the world. 

I am passionate about supporting them and their already brilliant work to grow or become or be. 

I am passionate about holding their hands (virtually) while they do the scary things, celebrating their wins with them or offering them a landing space for their losses, pain or grief when things aren’t going as they hoped for.

I am passionate about not forcing them to fit into narrow boxes and instead holding them in their complexity and wholeness as human.

I am passionate about coming up with ideas together that might support them in living a more sustainable life, outside of constant survival.

I am passionate about supporting them in their work while they live with chronic illness and grief and oppression and trauma and parenting and in messy relationships (and a complex life), and holding them as whole throughout it all.

I am passionate about taking care of some of their work so they have more time to take care of themselves.

I am passionate about helping them with tasks they would prefer not to do so they have more space for the work that they love.

(Which is some of where the admin tasks come in)

… all that, I am deeply passionate about all that.

This is why when I work primarily, or currently solely, with women and gender non-binary humans who are helping professionals and/or creatives in solo or small business – because I, too, am one of them (including in this work, in my writing, in my Landing Space Companionship Sessions, and in all my work for Trauma & Co.), so our work has significant overlap and intersections, and as such I can meet them in this work with a deeper sense of compassion and companionship.

After a day of doing solely admin tasks, yes, my eyes are sometimes tired, my brain is full of edits and spreadsheets and databases, and some of it was possibly quite repetitive, but I also love it, because all my clients are incredible humans and getting this intimate viewpoint of their businesses, their creative processes and their lives, is such a huge, huge honour.

You can read some lovely things some of my clients have said about me here.

You can also read some words I wrote to one of my clients last year, here (shared with permission) and it is with this level of passion and compassion that I hope to show up with for all of my clients.

 

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Ways We Can Work Together In Business Support

Online Business Management and/or Virtual Assistance

Are you looking for someone to do the administrative tasks that you do not have the time for?

Would you prefer not to be doing admin tasks because you need to spend that time with your loved ones, or on your self-care?

Do you need more time to rest in between the other work you are doing because you live with chronic illness or trauma (or life) and so you do not have the energy or spoons for admin tasks like these?


Business Companionship (inc. Consultancy Support)

Do you have admin tasks covered, but, need someone to check in with each week?

Do you need someone to plan out your weeks with?

Do you need take your to-do list out of your head and allow it to be seen and heard and known by another person and to have it held, while we come up with do-able (for you) and actionable tasks for the week?

Do you need someone to who will check in with you in this work during the week, who will both remind you of what you wanted to get done in a non-shaming way, and who will instead (virtually) hold your hand and encourage you?

Do you need a space to land when life takes over and the work doesn’t quite go to plan, a space where you will not be called a failure for not fitting into societies’ unreasonable expectations of what it is to be successful in your work (who will bemoan such expectations with you if you need, too)?

Or, like me, have you have found that working as a creative or as a helping professional in small or solo business is incredibly isolating or lonely at times and you just want or need someone in your corner?

Do you need a person to land with regularly, to celebrate the small (and huge) wins and to grieve the losses in your work?

Do you need someone to hold you in the complexity of you and your life, who is also living and working in an equally unique and complex life and, as such, can share ideas along the way and be both Business Consultant and Companion?


Online Business Yearly Mapping Intensives

Do you have all of the above covered, but still need a broader look at your year (or six months) ahead, someone who will meet with you for four planning sessions (of up to 90 minutes each) over a month (or longer, depending on schedules and preference of just how intensely you want to enter into the planning), who will work with you during that time helping you to map out what the year ahead might look like for you and support you in creating a framework that you can use from there, all the while deeply listening and taking into account the complexities of your life and your work?


Individual Combination Packages

Or, like me, are your needs more complex than that?

Do you need a unique combination of Virtual Assistance/Online Business Management, Business Companionship and Business Mapping Intensives?

 

Then contact me and we can discuss your needs further.

My rates for each of the above services are included in their own pages. And if you want a combination package and would like a rough idea of costs you can see the full list here.


And/Or…

Have you got this far and realised you actually don’t need someone to consult or plan with right now, or you have the admin tasks covered, but you do still need a one-to-one space to land? That you need a person to hold the complexity of your life, both in your business as a creative or a helping professional and along with the rest of your life outside of work, someone to see you as whole in all your glorious complexity and offer you a landing space through it all?

Than perhaps my Landing Space Companionship Sessions are for you (offered through Trauma & Co. but they do not have to be trauma specific)…


Need community support as well as one-to-one support?

I truly value one-to-one support in many ways in this life

AND

I also love being in community with others (I believe we get to need and want both)…