We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamelia Britton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamelia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Yes, absolutely! For me, it’s always been about sharing my own story in an authentic way in order to help other people. I started my blog Hackerette.com back in 2016, and at that time I was heavily focused on travel hacking. Over the years travel hacking began to organically evolve into all things travel, and then slowly, I started sharing a little more of my personal life. Then in 2019, out of nowhere, I received a shocking cancer diagnosis. My whole life took a turn overnight and I couldn’t travel for a while due to my aggressive treatment schedule. I made the choice to share my cancer journey in order to help others who were going through the same thing. I also started looking for new ways that I could serve my audience. I’d already been doing Instagram Business Coaching for a while, and now that I couldn’t travel, I had tons of extra time since I wasn’t jetting off to a new country once a month anymore. I started to take on more coaching clients, even during chemotherapy, and my business boomed! It gave me something to look forward to and kept my mind off of the negative side of treatment. I get so much fulfillment out of being able to empower others to thrive in the online business world of personal brands. Now that I’ve beaten cancer, and in full remission, I’m seeking out more ways to give back through my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
That my business is really diverse. I’m a business coach, a blogger, an online influencer, a content creator, and a speaker. I believe you need multiple income streams in order to truly recession-proof your business. It was not easy getting to where I am, especially in the beginning. I wanted to quit so many times. There were so many failures along the way, but one little success would keep me going when times got hard. I firmly believe that every challenge is an opportunity for growth. You are never “done” learning and growing. There is always more to experience. As entrepreneurs, we constantly have to pivot and innovate. You have to love what you do and be really passionate. If not, you’ll quickly run out of steam. Don’t ever do something just because you think there’s money in it. You’ll burn out quickly and eventually lose interest. Get out of your head and connect with your heart. You have a true purpose waiting to be revealed. I have a whole process that I go through with my clients. We craft a business around who they already are and establish firm brand values around their true selves. This brings meaning and fulfillment to business, and that clarity creates so much confidence for them to grow and evolve. That’s my definition of success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely head down to the pier in Pacific Beach and then rent bikes for the day to explore. To me, that feels like a true San Diego experience; taking in the ocean air and feeling the freedom of the beach lifestyle. We’d definitely stay near the ocean for a sunset toast at Tower23 or George’s. Downtown is a must at night so you can walk around and take in the energy. Balboa Park is also a favorite.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to say, my fiance, Jacob Sapochnick. He’s the one who’s been supporting me from day 1. We had only been together for 3 months when we had the idea to start my blog. I had already built 2 other businesses before I started Hackerette, and though they were successful, they weren’t my true passion. I wasn’t fulfilled, so I chose to let them go. It was a really hard lesson at the time and I was reluctant to try again. Though I still wanted to have my own business, I was still afraid to get it wrong. He assured me that failure was part of the process and pointed out that I had now successfully figured out what I didn’t like. 🙂 He convinced me to try again, one last time, and of course, the rest is history. I’m now happily running my blog and coaching business and I owe it to him for pushing me to make that one last leap of faith.
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