Is it legit or just another scam?
This is the question so many people have when it comes to online courses.
Many of you are sceptical about making financial commitments online — especially when it comes to higher-priced courses that come with huge claims of life-changing proportions.
Can you genuinely change your life with Sam Ovens’ consulting program? Can you really start a profitable consulting business in a matter of weeks without going through any sort of formal training route?
I’ll answer all these questions and more in this review piece.
Here’s what you can expect in the post:
This guide gives you all the information you need to make an informed decision on Sam Ovens’ consulting course.
As someone who’s personally paid for and gone through the program, I’ve got plenty of valuable insights and feedback to share with you.
Who is Sam Ovens?
It can be a little jarring to see claims being made about the success you can achieve by taking a program that can be completed in a matter of weeks.
So let’s start from the ground up and get some background information on how this Consulting course came to be.
We’ve all heard of rags to riches stories. People going from nothing to achieving incredible success beyond their own wildest dreams in a short space of time.
This happens to be one of those stories.
But this isn’t a flashy rags to riches tale that promises wealth and abundance in a matter of weeks — it’s more of a journey about how an average guy stumbled onto an incredible business opportunity.
So who is this Sam Ovens person?
Four years ago, Sam was living out his parents’ basement in a far corner of the earth — Auckland, New Zealand…
He got started in business at the age of 21. As a fresh-faced, impressionable young man, he followed the only path he knew:
Go to school to go to college. Go to college to graduate and get a job.
So at the age of 21, Sam found himself working for Vodafone on an internship.
His whole life he was told that this was THE way to succeed. Get a job at a corporate and work your way up the greasy ladder to live happily ever after.
But he quickly realised that the corporate way of life wasn’t his cup of tea. He observed other people in the company and noticed that they were also pretty darn miserable.
This wasn’t the definition of success Sam was sold throughout his education.
So he started questioning things and quickly discovered that starting a business was a WAY better deal than having a job.
But this was only the beginning.
Over the next year, Sam Ovens started and failed with multiple businesses. He maxed out his credit cards and found himself in over $50,000 worth of debt after just one year.
Redefining a business model
After the first year, Sam found himself in a mountain of debt, but this was about the change.
He had been doing some consulting on the side to fund his main project when he made his first major breakthrough…
Instead of focusing on a failing business venture that wasn’t making any money, why not double-down on the consulting work and turn that into a main source of income?
So that’s exactly what he did.
In his first year focusing fully on consulting, he made $100,000.
The second year $500,000.
Third year $1.2 million.
Sam had unwittingly redefined the model of consulting through his proprietary problem-solving process for businesses.
What is the Consulting Accelerator program?
The Consulting Accelerator program is a culmination of lessons learnt by Sam Ovens, distilled into an actionable, step-by-step process. The same process that Sam himself used to create his own wildly profitable consulting business.
It’s a 6-week intensive online training course that’s designed to teach people how they can leverage their existing (or learn entirely new) skills to create a profitable, location-independent business.
Each week is broken down into various elements of launching your business, from setting your foundations to learning sales, and mastering paid advertising strategies.
The course itself has gone through multiple iterations since it first launched — today’s version is by far the most polished, well-structured and comprehensive.
A new form of Consulting
So what comes to mind when you think about consulting?
Expensive suits? Big board meeting rooms? Corporate strategy advice?
This isn’t anything like the traditional form of consulting we’ve all come to know.
Sam Ovens has quite literally redefined the term. A new type of consulting that’s defined by using expertise to provide a solution to a problem.
That’s it. Really.
So why do people hire consultants? Can’t they just solve these problems internally?
Well, in some cases, yes they can.
But people invest in services for a variety of reasons aside from lack of ability.
Here’s why people hire consultants:
- Speed – Getting to the desired situation as soon as possible.
- Lack of skill/knowledge – People/businesses don’t know how to reach their goal on their own.
- Proven system – People want to follow a tried and true system that’s proven to work.
These reasons are the drivers for businesses to invest in the service you have to offer. The more painful the problem, the more they’ll be willing to pay for you to fix it.
Who is the Consulting Accelerator for?
The course is targeted towards a fairly broad market — people looking to start their own businesses without the traditional overheads and upfront costs.
For this reason, you’ll find people from all walks of life in this community.
And not everyone is starting a business from scratch here — many people implement the things they learn to their existing businesses, sometimes with incredible results.
It’s worth noting that the course isn’t for a specific type of business.
Consulting is an extremely expansive term that covers everything from helping people overcome trauma to leadership coaching and generating leads for accountancy firms.
So don’t assume that it’s limited to a few categories of business because you’ll be picking your own niche and crafting your offer based on your chosen area of expertise.
Examples of successful consulting businesses
Providing examples of people that have started businesses through this course will give you some ideas on the kind of business you can start for yourself.
Like I said earlier, some people that have taken the course already have an existing business in place, while others are starting from scratch.
So if you’re starting out from ground zero, don’t expect to get results as fast as people who’ve already got an established business in place!
With that said, let’s have a look at some examples:
Before joining the consulting accelerator course, Taylor had spent around $30,000 on online courses with barely any results.
But after joining Sam Ovens’ course, he launched Better AMS — a digital agency that specialises in managing ads for Amazon sellers.
Within his first 60 days on the course, he was able to close his first client for a cool $4,000 a month.
Better yet, the company has now generated millions of dollars in sales for multiple 7-8 figure businesses on Amazon.
Digital agencies are very popular for people looking to build a service business from scratch. Typically you’d specialise in a form of advertising (such as Facebook ads, Youtube or Google PPC) and provide this service to clients for a monthly retainer fee.
Matthew is a sales trainer. He works with various businesses by providing coaching services that help sales teams become better at their jobs.
Before the course, Matt was unsure on how to position his services to attract clients. Enrolling in Sam’s training helped him get his first big paying client and he now earns around $20k a month through his sales coaching services.
Coaching is a very popular and powerful way to start a wildly profitable consulting business. And it doesn’t have to be something common like sales or leadership coaching.
Think about something significant that you’ve overcome in your personal life…
That knowledge you now have could be used to provide a service and help solve problems for people.
For example, perhaps you’ve overcome a major life trauma and want to coach other people on how they can do the same. Or maybe you’ve conquered OCD and feel driven to coach people on how they can too.
The possibilities are endless! 😃
Matthew is the owner of a Heine Ventures — a digital agency specialising in website and app design.
Before the consulting course, Heine Ventures was already an established business, but shortly after taking the course, they managed to add six figures to their bottom line.
Not bad for a $2000 investment.
Matt’s biggest takeaways from the course were learning about the value of pricing and packaging services as well as powerful paid advertising strategies.
Digital agencies are very popular because they have high scalability. Once you find a process that works in terms of achieving results for your clients, you can rinse and repeat that formula for exponential growth.
What does the course include?
Now that you’ve seen some examples of consulting businesses, it’s time to take a deep dive into the meat and potatoes of the course.
As someone who has taken the course myself, I can give you a pretty granular overview of what to expect as well as what I thought of the modules and everything else on offer.
I’ll review each section of the course in order and score them based on three things:
- Value – Actionable advice, powerful examples to illustrate points, fluff-free content.
- Structure – The logical step-by-step format of content that makes it easier to follow.
- Presentation – The extent to which the visual aids demonstrate points and add value to the content.
Week One – Setting your foundations
The first week of Sam Ovens’ course covers the fundamentals and foundations of launching your consulting business. We all know the importance of laying proper foundations for business and with consulting, it’s no different.
This is probably the most important module for anyone taking the course.
Because you learn fundamentals concepts of business that’ll stay with you forever. You learn about the exchange of value and why people are willing to pay a lot of money to solve problems.
And you learn how to attract the best clients by positioning yourself as the vehicle to their desired solution.
Sam takes you through the evolution of a consultant, finding your niche and crafting your offer.
This first week is a lot of work, so be prepared to spend a significant amount of time going through the action steps. But this is a given — if you aren’t prepared to do the work, you shouldn’t invest in the course!
Here’s a full overview of the steps in the module:
The entire module can be briefly summarised into three main focal points:
- Defining consulting and how it works.
- Discovering your niche that you want to operate in.
- Crafting your most valued offer.
Once you’re done with this first week of the course, you’ll have your niche figured out, as well as the offer that you’ll take to market.
Week two – Paradigm and worldview
The second week is all mindset.
This will be the most transformational module for some people. Many of us struggle so much in business because we have limiting beliefs, we feel entitled or we make assumptions about things.
From personal experience, mindset has single-handedly been the most toughest thing to master. I’ve struggled with limiting beliefs, battled against negative thinking patterns and suffered through emotional suppression.
So I’m fully qualified to write about the impact this can have on achieving goals and even just day to day life.
Thoughts. Feelings. Emotions.
Things that literally drive what we do on a daily basis.
This second module isn’t common material that you’d usually come across on an online course.
But you know what’s crazy?
It’s probably the number one driver of success.
Anyone can learn the strategies and techniques to start a business — but not many can take the psychological burden of starting a business from scratch.
Because you’ll fall down. You’ll smash into obstacles. You’ll feel get overwhelmed and feel like it’s going all wrong.
This is why the entire second module is dedicated to cultivating the mindset required for success.
Here’s a full overview of the steps in the module:
Yeah — it’s pretty wild haha!
This module is all about creating a paradigm shift — a new of thinking that’ll serve your highest purpose and help you achieve your goals.
Week three – Alchemy of client conversion
The third module in the course is all about sales.
Sam Ovens’ says this module alone is worth the cost of the course.
And while this a common claim for people that love to exaggerate the value of their courses.
I do agree with him on this one.
Because most people totally suck at sales.
And you won’t be taking on clients anytime soon if you can’t communicate your value proposition clearly.
Here’s a full overview of the steps in the module:
Sam really cuts deep into the psychology behind sales in this part fo the training. You explore the things that make people buy stuff — the emotional underpinnings of buying decisions!
Don’t you think it’s pretty wild that you can take someone that’s a total stranger and turn them into a high paying client with one phone call?
That’s what this module will teach you to do. You’ll learn about what makes a truly powerful salesperson.
Also, you get access to Sam’s “Alchemic Conversion Script” — probably one of the most valuable resources for your business.
Going through this module transformed the way I perceived sales. Before taking the course, I always assumed that doing sales involved using a bunch of pushy closing techniques to get someone to invest.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
I discovered that it was all about meeting the person half-way, identifying their emotional drivers and tailoring your solution to meet their needs.
Week four – Alchemy of client attraction
This part of the training covers the marketing side of your business. You’ll learn actionable strategies you can use to get clients through free as well as paid strategies.
When you’re first starting out in business, one of your main points of focus will be landing that first paying client.
And this is exactly what week four is all about.
Sam Ovens does a great job at keeping things simple here by recommending some straightforward strategies for getting your first few clients.
He puts a lot of emphasis on starting with free strategies to acquire your first few clients and establish your proof of concept.
Here’s an overview of the steps in the module:
This is really where the rubber meets the road. And it’s super exciting because you’ll start reaching out to your target market with your offer you’ve created!
Just don’t expect to see huge response rates through organic outreach methods like direct mail. We were seeing 2-3% response rates for our emails when we first started reaching out to businesses.
That said, it all depends on your niche, your offer and how you communicate your message. So there’s no hard and fast rule here in terms of response rates.
Week five – Fractal facebook evolution
This stage of the training is all about Facebook advertising.
This module will expose how the Facebook algorithm works and how you can use it to find customers that nobody else is marketing to.
This training is extremely powerful and unlike anything I had seen previously in terms of paid advertising strategies. In fact, it helped us secure our first two clients in our consulting business at the time.
This week of training alone has more than 24 hours of content inside it.
Take a look for yourself:
I loved how hands-off this strategy is when you’ve got things up and running.
Once you set up your consulting funnel, find your target audience and craft an effective message, you won’t have to do much in the way of ongoing maintenance.
And you’ll be generating strategy sessions for your services on auto-pilot, giving you more time to focus on closing those clients!
Week six – Minimum viable service delivery
Week six of Sam Ovens’ course is all about structuring your service delivery. You’ll learn how to establish processes that will enable you to effectively deliver the work you’ve promised for your clients.
Client retention and problem resolution is a large focal point of this week.
And this is really important. Happy customers are long-term paying customers.
The last thing you want in your business is to lose the clients you worked so hard to get!
Here’s an overview of the steps in the module:
Another major part of the training is how to find the best contractors for the work that requires completion.
A lot of people don’t realise that you can hire people to complete the client work in your business — giving you more time to focus on things like growth.
Yes, you don’t need to be an expert in PPC ads for Dentists to start a PPC agency for Dental practices.
You can just hire expert freelancers that can do this for you instead.
Week seven – The next level
This part of the training is due for release in March 2018 and looks like it’ll be a great addition to the course.
Week 7 is all about scaling your business to 6, 7 and even 8 figures a year.
From the short module description, it looks like Sam will be focusing on taking service delivery to the next level and using powerful concepts such as “integrated product suites” to explode your business.
Here’s an overview of the steps in the module:
This one looks like it could be pretty interesting.
But we’ll have to wait and see!
Consulting Accelerator bonuses
The consulting course comes packaged with a bonus training module.
It’s called “DM Bonus” (Digital Marketing bonus) and goes through some steps you can take if you’re struggling to find your niche.
Sam also covers how he personally got started in consulting, how to sell marketing retainer contracts and how to hire great contractors.
While this isn’t the strongest module in the training, it’s a great bonus given the amount of meaty content packed into the first 6 weeks.
The second awesome bonus, that I totally didn’t expect was a box set version of the entire course — at no extra cost.
Sam Ovens shipped these box sets to his students all over the world as a thank you for investing in his course.
And the box set is FREAKING AWESOME!
Here’s a quick little unboxing video I shot:
The Facebook community
Most online course Facebook communities suck.
But the Consulting Community group is really solid.
Sam Ovens regularly posts updates on what he’s personally working on and makes the effort to respond to questions people ask on many occasions.
At this point, the community has over 8000 members and is one of the most active Facebook groups I’ve personally been a part of.
People can post questions they have about anything relating to their consulting business. There’s also the “ring the bell” tradition for when people sign new clients in their businesses.
Here are a few recent ones:
Sam Ovens does a great job at encouraging people to join the Facebook group, which has resulted in a powerful community of like-minded people that can help you achieve your goals.
Is it all just another scam?
Well, at this point, I think you know the answer to that question.
But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and invest your hard-earned cash into the course.
Because it isn’t for everyone.
Some of you aren’t wired for entrepreneurship and here’s why you should NOT invest in the course:
- If you aren’t willing to pick up the phone and endure being terrible at sales when first starting out.
- If you skip modules and fail to complete the action steps.
- If you’re looking for a business that’s totally hands-off.
- If you’re not willing to fail forward and dedicate at least 8 hours a week to the course.
There’s no such thing as a “done for you” business. Everything takes work and it can be really tough at times.
But those that stick with the process and push through the inevitable obstacles will see success. It’s only a matter of time.
The Sam Ovens Consulting Accelerator is one of the most extensive, effective and detailed courses out here on the internet.
The service-based nature of consulting itself gives you some of the highest profit margins possible in business. And the fact that you can acquire your first client in a matter of weeks after starting the course makes it one of the fastest ways to start a profitable business.
Here’s why you should consider joining the program:
- The course is ultra-polished and very well structured throughout with logical step-by-step action tasks.
- The content is packed with more value than anything else I’ve taken/seen in the past.
- The price of the course is 50% less than anything else that comes even remotely close.
- The strong active community provides the inspiration and support by the bucket load.
- Within the first month of taking the course, we were able to close our first client on a $2000 monthly retainer.
A $2000 investment really isn’t a lot of money for something that can totally transform your life. But ultimately it all comes down to you.
You’re now armed with the information you need to make an informed decision.
So what is going to be?
To consult? Or not to consult?
The choice is yours.