I came across The Freedom Shortcut today and decided to take a closer look to see what all the fuss was about.
Turns out it’s just a sales funnel for a program called ‘6 Steps To Freedom’ by Jeff Lerner…
The good news is you can make money with this system. The bad news is there are some major red flags with this business model in general.
Let me explain…
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The Freedom Shortcut sales page (thefreedomshortcut.com) features a guy named Jordan. Who says he was broke and looking for a way to make some extra money when he found Jeff’s program.
Apparently, Jordan learned the “shortcut” to making large sums of money online…
As with most sales videos, there is very little explained about how the actual program itself works. But if you click through to the order screen you will see that the actual program you are buying is 6 Steps to Freedom, for $49.
This certainly seems like an exciting opportunity. I mean who wouldn’t want the shortcut to making big money online?
Read on to see what this program is really about…
What Is The Freedom Shortcut About?
The Freedom Shortcut is a sales funnel for ‘6 Steps to Freedom’. Which is a program that was created by Jeff Lerner that gives you some introductory training on affiliate marketing.
And it’s all about teaching you how to promote the same system you just bought.
In any case, Jordan is really just an affiliate for 6 Steps to Freedom. So if you join, he will receive a commission.
That’s all good and well, but it’s important to understand how this system works in more detail before you join. Because there are some things you are going to want to be aware of.
Such as the insane costs involved and how similar ‘systems’ have recently been shut down by the FTC.
How The System Really Works
The underlying program (6 Steps to Freedom) works like a typical done for you system. Where the idea is to join the system and then begin promoting that same system to others.
So that when people you refer join, you earn a commission.
Now there’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself, assuming what you promote is legit of course.
However, it’s only once you dig a little deeper you see some of the major drawbacks to a system like this.
As I said earlier, one of these drawbacks is that there are MASSIVE upsells in store for everyone who joins. The $49 upfront fee is just the beginning, there are literally $1,000’s in upsells awaiting you.
The reason is because this is a ‘pay to play’ system. Which means you actually MUST buy these upsells if you want to qualify for commissions when you promote them to others.
Which is the entire point of the system.
If you don’t buy the upgrades you will lose out on commissions. Because those you refer will also be encouraged to buy these upsells, just as you are being encouraged to buy more stuff as you progress through the training.
There is actually a lot of pressure to do this from your ‘coach’ too.
Once you get part way into the training you will need to contact your coach to get further. At which point he or she will talk about how upgrading is the best thing you could ever do.
I am not saying there’s no value in upgrading. However you may want to continue reading to see why it’s not necessarily a good thing either.
This Is a Highly Controversial Business Model (at best)
There is absolutely no denying that this is a highly controversial business model. And to be honest this is not something I will ever recommend either.
Why? Because most people think the $49 is all the need to pay, when this is not even close. The true agenda is sucking a heck of a lot more money out of each and every member as they progress through the ‘steps’.
I am talking a LOT more money.
And just because something costs you a lot of money doesn’t mean you will be making lots of money in return.
Not at all. In fact, quite often the majority of people who join these systems make very little money at all.
And when you consider the sheer amount of money you need to fork out to get to the point of earning revenue with a system like this, this is rather concerning if you ask me.
In any case, this is a very controversial business model at best. And a downright scam at worst.
To confirm this, all you need to do is look at a VERY similar program called MOBE, which was recently shut down by the FTC.
This company operated in a very similar manner. You bought in for $49, then after a handful of steps you need to contact your coach to get further, who pressures you to upgrade. From there you discover that you need to spend $10,000’s to qualify for the large commissions promoting the same system.
There may be minor differences, sure, but this is the same high ticket business model. Make no mistake about it.
As such I recommend exercising extreme caution with this.
Verdict – Is The Freedom Shortcut a Scam?
On one hand The Freedom Shortcut is not a scam because you pay $49 and get some training for your money. On the other hand, it’s true purpose is leading you into much higher ticket upsells.
Which you really do need to buy if you want any real chance of making real money with the system.
In any case, this business model is clearly not something the FTC approvers of. Similar companies like MOBE and Digital Altitude have been shut down recently, which serves as a hard lesson to avoid stuff like this completely.
I also want to point out that the sales pitch is misleading in my opinion. Talking about a ‘shortcut’ to making lots of money online is pure hype. And it’s really just a way to convince people to buy.
Real businesses are built by learning real skills, and putting in consistent effort over time. They do not result by buying into some ‘system’ and taking a ‘shortcut’. Not a chance.
So either way I won’t be recommending this to you. There are far more ethical and lower cost ways to get started online and build a thriving business.
What you decide to do is up to you, but that’s my take.
Hope you enjoyed the article! My name is Tim and I’m the creator of Affiliate UNguru. I started this site out of a passion to help others avoid scams and to share how I’ve been able to create a successful business online. You can see how I did it in this free training.