Izabela Hamilton, CEO & Founder of Rankbell, proves that with hard work and focus, dreams do come true
Commitment to Helping Others Makes This Rags to Riches Story Even Better
San Diego, CA: Standing in long lines in the freezing cold weather to get a ration of food seemed normal as a child growing up in Romania. But, Izabela Hamilton knew she wanted more. From a young age, Izabela Hamilton was told that America is a place where people go to make something of themselves. Izabela believed in this image of America and worked hard to make this ‘land of opportunity’ her reality. When she received her visa to go to America, it was one of the happiest of her life! She knew her life would never be the same, and wanted to make things better for her family as well.
“I made the decision that I will live in America and nothing could stop me,” said Hamilton. “Funny thing is about wishes when you make them, they come true. I was able to get into a program, go to the embassy, and be granted a visa for America. What a win that was! I felt like my life would completely change and it did. Was it easy? Far from it!”
Success was anything but easy. Hamilton worked hard – sometimes in excess of 60 hours per week – to earn enough money to support herself and send some home to support her family. Of this experience, she says, “All I thought of every day was that I wanted them to never have to worry about money again. I didn’t care how much I had to work as long as they were happy.
Oftentimes I fell asleep crying due to exhaustion, and loneliness, but I knew that I couldn’t give up at the first sign of hardship. I was set up to succeed and that’s all I saw.”
Failure was not an option. She dreamed of helping one million people achieve financial freedom by working at a business that they own. So, with a laptop and the dream – she founded Rankbell
– an Amazon ranking company that helps sellers grow their business. Like most entrepreneurs, she didn’t start out making much. But, Rankbell has since helped thousands of sellers – some of whom started with profits as low as $100 per month – grow their businesses into 7, 8, and sometimes even 9 figures. The company is also on track to achieve Hamilton’s original goal of helping one million Amazon sellers grow their businesses by the year 2030. Rankbell was also recently voted as the leading expert in their industry.
Established in 2015, the ranking service provides sellers with a variety of services to help increase Amazon rankings, boost sales, and maximize profits. Though more services are added as the need arises, they currently specialize in assisting with product launches, content marketing, PPC management, listing and optimization, video and image services, and social media.
For more information on Rankbell services and how they intend to reach their ‘one million served’ goal, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Rankbell: Rankbell is an Amazon concierge focused on helping small businesses reach financial freedom – no matter how big the goal! Our services include listing optimization, images, and video, PPC management, social media, content marketing, and press releases, and ranking services. Founded in 2015, we are on a mission to help 1 million customers achieve success by the year 2030. Will you be one of them? www.rankbell.com
SamBoat Makes Waves in the US
The sharing economy’s massive popularity has led to the creation of blockbuster companies like Airbnb, VRBO, eBay, Uber, and Lyft, to name just a few. According to a report by Proficient Market Insights, the size of the sharing economy was $113 billion in 2021 and is predicted to reach $600 billion by 2027.
One of the newest companies to enter this space, SamBoat, now enables the owners of sailboats and motorboats to offer their vessels for rent. Because yachts are expensive to buyand maintain — in many cases, more expensive than purchasing and maintaining a home — yacht owners can offset some of their costs by listing their craft on the platform.
Those who may not be able to afford their own boat can still experience life on the water, however. No knowledge of boating is required, as many charters include the possibility of hiring a skipper.
When young French entrepreneurs Laurent Calando and Nicolas Cargou met, a friendship, as well as a new venture, was born. Cargou was an avid Airbnb user, and Calando had grown up sailing with his family. Throughout the course of their conversation, they realized that the sharing economy covered a lot of bases, but it didn’t include boating, which they were both passionate about.
The pair sensed an opportunity, which quickly led to action. In April 2014, they officially launched SamBoat in the Bordeaux region of France.
“SamBoat’s marketplace exploded in Europe over the next few years,” explains Robert Harrington, SamBoat’s US Country Manager. The company offers yachts throughout the Mediterranean, Aegean, and other popular travel destinations.
As evidence of the popularity of the boat-sharing model, SamBoat grew by over 70 percent in 2022. Since its founding, the company has enabled more than a million people to take to the seas. Now, the platform is rapidly expanding its listings throughout the US.
Where SamBoat operates in the US
SamBoat has already — albeit indirectly — served its American customers for quite some time, as American vacationers have often rented boats in Greece, France, Italy, or Spain through its platform. But now, the company is beginning to serve Americans on the other side of the Atlantic, right here at home.
SamBoat rentals are currently available in many American ports. The marketplace currently offers hundreds of boats just in the state of Florida, where the fleet extends up the Keys to West Palm Beach, and throughout the west coast, including Tampa, Clearwater, Naples, and Ft. Myers. SamBoat also has many boats in Chicago and Seattle, as well as throughout New England.
In the near future, the company will expand its offerings in San Diego and Los Angeles. SamBoat also plans to open in Lake Tahoe, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Havasu, and Lake Champlain by mid-summer 2023. It also aims to have fleets available in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket by the same time.
“Our goal is to offer thousands of boats to rent throughout the United States by the end of the year,” Harrington says.
SamBoat operates anywhere boat owners choose to list their craft for rent. “Just because the marketplace might not already have a whole regatta in a given port doesn’t mean it can’t or doesn’t operate there,” Harrington says. “Listings grow organically, cropping up wherever opportunity calls boat owners to take advantage of existing demand.”
For instance, while SamBoat only officially launched in the United States this past year, the platform was open to US-based boat owners and renters last year. From January 2022 compared to January 2023, the platform experienced a 500% increase in US-based business.
This means that, if you own a boat, you can bring SamBoat to your home port. All you have to do is go to SamBoat’s website, follow a few simple steps, upload photos of your boat along with its relevant details, and respond to rental inquiries.
“Now is the right time for boat owners to get in early and beat the rush,” Harrington says.
The secret to SamBoat’s success
American consumers have responded enthusiastically to SamBoat’s arrival for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the platform offers the very same boats as other companies, yet their prices are on average 10 percent cheaper.
The reason for this is simple: unlike most other yacht and boat rental services, SamBoat doesn’t charge its customers inflated “junk” fees.
In addition, SamBoat makes renting a yacht simple and easy. Generally speaking, other boat-sharing websites outsource customer service to the owners of the listed yachts. They will only answer the phone or attend to you if you are booking something of a high dollar amount, while the average boat rental costs under $1,000. This can lead to a very frustrating process for someone who has questions but can’t seem to get a response from a boat’s owner.
At SamBoat, however, a real human being answers every inquiry. “Sometimes, that person is me,” Harrington says. This makes it much easier for people to rent the perfect boat that will meet their individual needs.
SamBoat fulfills a long-awaited need for sailing and boating enthusiasts worldwide. With the arrival of SamBoat in the US, it’s an even more exciting time for Americans to participate in the sharing economy.
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