Thanks for stopping by to check out my 30-Day Success Formula Review. If you’d like to make thousands of dollars while kicking your feet up and drinking pina coladas, 30-Day Success Formula might be for you. Maybe…
I don’t know about you but when I hear a claim you can earn stacks of money while the “system” does all of the selling and marketing for you, I’m calling it a scam. I might be wrong, which is the reason for this review. But a program that delivers cash to your mailbox while you do nothing does NOT sound legit to me, and I’m guessing it doesn’t sound legit to you either, right?
So, in this review we’re going to unpack the 30-Day Success Formula, talk about what it is, how it works, and whether it’s the real deal or just a cash gifting scam in disguise.
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for 30-Day Success Formula. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not to apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What Is 30-Day Success Formula?
30-Day Success Formula is an “offline” marketing program created by Simon Petrowski of Milwaukee, WI.
Seeing the need for a solid direct-marketing plan he created the 30-Day Success Formula to sell products in an ethical way.
At least, that’s what their website says…
This is where it gets interesting…
His program includes sending cash to an “upline”, and then waiting for multiples of that cash to arrive in the mail from your “downline”…
… with your ultimate objective being to quit your job and collect money from your mailbox.
As an observation… with a lot people sending cash “upwards” to fewer people you get with something that looks a pyramid where money flows up.
The goal of course is to get more people to buy-in underneath you at the highest (or most expensive) level so you can collect commissions that are greater than the dollar amount you paid into it when you joined.
For example, if you pay $1000 to get in, your goal might be to make $30,000 or $40,000 off the people who got in after you.
And those are the kind of numbers 30-Day Success Formula claims you can make…
Join at level 3 for example and turn your $1000 into $38,400 per month…
If this sounds like some kind of cash-gifting pyramid scam, you’d be right.
You can’t help but wonder when the entire thing will run out of steam and collapse… screwing those at the bottom out of their hard-earned money.
But I’m getting ahead of myself…
Legally, if you add a “product” to the pyramid, the question of whether it’s a scam gets murky.
30-Day Success Formula also has a product—a series of PDF training modules.
But it gets a little tricky here because the products are tied to the various membership levels unlike an MLM business such as Amway where you can buy their products independently; without having to join.
Swag Bucks is another kind of “get-paid-to” site that pays for doing online tasks such as searching the web, watching videos and visiting websites.
You won’t make big bucks doing tasks online, but they can be a good start for those who are just starting out.
For a full-time income, an online business is what you want.
Getting started without having to pay money is usually a better option in my opinion, and learning the basic strategies of how money is made online and how you can get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
Now, I’m going to give you a free step by step beginner’s guide to making money online and you can get it by clicking HERE.
But getting back to 30-Day Success Formula. The way it’s structured, the way the product is being sold and the way you make money, raises an important question…
Is 30-Day Success Formula a Scam?
If you were to ask a 30-Day Success Formula member if it’s a scam, they’d tell you it’s not a scam because they are selling you a legit product… and in some ways they are right.
If you search Google for “Cash Gifting Wikipedia” you get Pyramid Scheme…
… and according to Wikipedia“A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services.”
So, since 30-Day Success Formula gives you a “product” when you join, you could technically say “new recruits are joining because they want the product… not because of the promise of payments for enrolling others into the scheme.”
I’m curious though, how many members have joined just because of the product and have no interest in recruiting others?
For example… how many Level 2 members paid $250 just to get their hands on 2 PDF modules?
Here’s a better question…
Since you’re reading this, you may be considering 30-Day Success Formula.
Is it because of the product you’re getting…
… or is it because of the payments you hope to receive for enrolling others?
I believe that most members are great people with good intentions who want to help others. And legally, 30-Day Success Formula may be legit because they do sell a product(s).
It still feels like a cash gifting scheme to me though, but that’s just my opinion.
I think at some point it will run out of steam and a lot of people at the bottom are going to get screwed. And, if I had to guess I’d say it’ll resurface again with a new name and some tweaks, and the process will repeat itself.
Again, that’s just my feeling (my opinion).
Whether 30-Day Success Formula is a scam or legit is a judgment I’m going to leave up to you… but not before giving you the important information you need to decide.
I will be going over some significant “red flags” and by the end of this review, you should have more than enough evidence to make an informed decision.
How Does 30-Day Success Formula Work?
The first thing you need to know about 30-Day Success Formula if you don’t already, is that it’s a “cash-only” system. In fact, they specifically say that checks will not be accepted.
Because cash is being sent in the mail, 30-Day Success Formula is only available to people with a US address.
They do accept money-orders (as long as they’re not made out to 30-Day Success Formula) but money-orders are paid for up-front with cash, so they may as well be cash.
I won’t speculate as to why they don’t accept personal checks or money-orders in their name but… okay, maybe I’ll speculate a little.
Could it be because cheques and money orders made out to them would be traceable?
In the unlikely (or likely) event that the system fails and those on the bottom of the pyramid come after 30-Day Success Formula for their money back, there will be no paper trail.
But again, I’m only speculating, and I want to be clear… I don’t think their members are out to rip anyone off. In fact, I think many are in it to be helpful.
Who Is 30-Day Success Formula For?
30-Day Success Formula is for people who have the financial resources to take a chance. You will be sending cash in the mail and under any circumstances, that’s risky.
It’s also good for people would prefer to do “offline” marketing than “online” marketing.
If you’d rather play it a little safer though, your best options in my opinion are “free-to-join” programs and courses. The more you can learn before spending money, the better.
Swag Bucks is a get-paid-to site where you get paid to do tasks like testing websites, searching the web and even watching videos.
By no means are these “big money” makers, but for anyone just starting out they can be a good first step.
For a full-time income from home, an online business might be your better option.
If making money from home is what you need because of a health issue for example… young ones to look after or just a job you’re sick and tired of…
… a good starting point where you can learn how to do it BEFORE spending money is what youneed in order to get what you want.
To learn how I do it, I’m going to give you a free step by step beginner’s guide to making money online and you can get it free by clicking HERE
The Price and Payment Structure
If you’re comfortable sending cash in the mail, your next step is to decide which level you’re going to buy in at.
What You Get With Level 1 ($89)
- Module 1 – Having a Successful Mindset
- Welcome to Success Kit
- $30 Commission from direct sales and $20 from indirect sales
What You Get With Level 2 ($250)
- Everything from Level 1
- Module 2 – Lead Generation
- $100 Commission from direct sales and $50 Commission from indirect sales
What You Get With Level 3 ($1,000)
- Everything from Level 2
- Business Toolkit
- Module 3 – 8
- $400 Commission from direct sales and $200 Commission from indirect sales
What You Get With Level 4 ($2,500)
- Everything from Level 3
- $1,000 Commission from direct sales and $400 Commission from indirect sales
What You Get With Level 5 ($5,000)
- Everything from Level 4
- Fast Track Credit Repair
- $2,000 Commission from direct sales and $500 Commission from indirect sales
What You Get With Level 6 ($12,500)
- Everything from Level 5
- 80 Paydex score for your corporation and $350K funding capacity
- $6,000 Commission from direct sales and $1,500 commission from indirect sales
What You Get With Level 7 ($27,500)
- Everything from Level 6
- Option to purchase a Done-For-You Online Store (this is only an “option to buy”… you don’t get the online store)
- $10,000 commission from direct sales and $5,000 Commission from Indirect Sales
Remember when I asked this question…
Are new recruits joining because they want the product or because of the promise of payments for enrolling others into the scheme?
Have a look above at the difference in price between Level 6 and Level 7… and the additional “product” you are getting for that price.
The difference in price is $15,000 (Fifteen THOUSAND Dollars), and the additional product you are getting is an “option to buy a done-for-you online store”.
To be clear, you do NOT get the store. For $15,000 you only get the option to buy one (which you can have built for a few hundred bucks by someone on a freelance site like Upwork).
The biggest difference between the two levels is the commission you receive... which is not a product or service you can sell on it’s own. It’s a payment for enrolling others.
I’ll still leave the scam, cash gifting or pyramid scheme judgements up to you, but in my opinion no one is spending $15,000 for an the option of spending even more money on an online store.
Promoting 30-Day Success Formula
In theory, you can buy in at any level, receive your associated product(s) and go on your merry way. However, I’m going to assume you’re interested in the passive income potential of 30-Day Success Formula. In promoting the system to other people and earning commissions.
To do that you must get their infamous 6-page letter into the hands of other people.
Traditionally, this was only done through mail but 30-Day Success Formula has recently come online. You may have been recruited through email or found links to receive your letter on YouTube or Facebook.
If you have some online marketing experience you can promote the system that way. And of course, if you do have online marketing experience you’ll also have your chosen strategy (blogging, vlogging, paid traffic funnels etc.)
All 30-Day Success Formula payments however, remain “offline”. You can’t join or purchase the products with a credit card or PayPal. You need cash or money order and you must send it in the mail.
If you do NOT have online marketing experience the system is set up to mail your leads for you.
This is an additional cost…
200 letters mailed = $299
400 letters mailed = $599
1000 letters mailed = $1338
Whether these leads are any good is anyone’s guess. The only way you’re going to find out is to pay to have your letters sent out and hope for the best.
One of their biggest selling points is that they front you the money for your first mailing ($299)… but keep in mind it’s not a gift. You do have to pay it pack.
Is There a Money Back Guarantee?
According to their marketing materials, 30-Day Success Formula offers an “Iron-Clad” 90-Day Money Back Guarantee.
As someone who earns a living online, I’m curious how this works because in most cases the money I earn through sales or commissions of products or services is held for a certain period of time.
This holding period is specifically to cover refunds if there are any.
It protects the person who is buying the product, the seller, and of course… it protects me as well (so I don’t have to track refunds and keep a separate account to cover liabilities).
With 30-Day Success Formula members are sending untraceable cash and money orders in the mail with no holding period. So, who covers the cost of refunds?
Who is tracking refunds? Who is able to prove they are eligible for a refund?
If one of YOUR recruits requests a refund, do you have return your commission payment? In cash?
Does 30-Day Success Formula bite the bullet and pay for the entire refund?
I couldn’t find an official policy or terms of service on their website which is a problem. We’re talking about potentially tens of of thousands of dollars here.
For example… if you were a Level 7 member and you sold a Level 7 membership for $27,500, your commission on that is $10,000.
Remember, this is cash.
Now, let’s say 90 days later your recruit hasn’t made any money and they request a refund, who is going to send them that $10,000 in cash you recieved?
Your recruit would have spent $27,500 to buy in (plus hundreds if not thousands of dollars to have letters mailed out to leads) so they could be into this thing for $30,000 or more.
Is 30-Day Success Formula going to cover that cost?
Are they going to come after you for your portion (the 10K)?
What if you have several people requesting refunds that add up to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars???
I know what you may be thinking…
They sent me cash… can they legally come after me for it?
Maybe the reason you joined 30-Day Success Formula in the first place was to pay for giant medical bills, and now the money is gone.
How are you going to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars?
Imagine situations like this happening all over the country. It would be a legal nightmare.
What if it was you trying to get your cash back from the person who sent you the LETTER? Would you even know who they are?
Is 30-Day Success Formula going to refund all of your money even though you have no real way of proving how much you sent them?
If they didn’t, what could you do?
If you were to physically drive to the 30-Day Success Formula offices all you would find is a box number at a UPS Store.
Does The Math Add Up?
One of the problems with systems like this is the math.
I’m certain there are people who have made (and are currently) making money with 30-Day Success Formula, but even though they say there is no risk… at some point this thing hits a wall.
There is a very real possibility you will spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars, and never get your money back, and here’s why…
Let’s say you were one of 10 original members who bought into the system.
Now… for each new member (including yourself) to cover the original purchase cost, you would need to enroll at least 3 people (at the same level or higher than the level you bought in at).
We’ll also say it takes 30 days to get those 3 new people and break even (it is the 30-Day Success Formula after all)
In the 1st month you and the other original members (10 of you) each get at least 3 new members to join, so…
… the 2nd month 30-Day Success Formula begins with 40 members, right?
10 original members x 3 new members = 30 new members (plus the original 10 members) = 40.
Of course… you and the other original 10 members don’t want to just break even. You want passive income, month after month. Possibly for life, right.
You want the big bucks… so you and the other original members (along with the 30 new members) keep going and each of you get 3 more people to join during month 2.
That brings us to month 3.
The 3rd month would begin with 160 members…
40 members x 3 new members = 120 new members (plus the 40 from the previous month) = 160.
I’ll skip all the math and just give you the numbers…
If we continue down this path of each new person just breaking even… the 4th month would begin with 640 people.
The 5th month – 2,560 people
The 6th month – 10,240 people
The 7th month – 40,960 people
The 8th month – 163,840 people
The 9th month – 655, 360 people
The 10th month – 2,621,440 people
The 11th month – 10,485,760 people
The 12th month – 41,943,040 people
The 13th month – 167,772,160 people (yes, that’s 167 MILLION)
The 14th month…
Well… in the 14th month with the newest members trying to bring in 3 more people just to break even… you run out of people.
You would need over 600 Million people and remember, the 30-Day Success Formula is only available in the US.
In just 14 months with each new person just trying to break even, the entire pyramid collapses.
It’s actually worse than that because you need 3 people to buy in AT THE LEVEL YOU BOUGHT IN AT.
So, if you joined at Level 4 for $2500 and most of the people you enroll only buy in at Level 2 which is $250… you’re going to need a lot more than 3 recruits to break even.
The math gets messy because you have 2nd tier commissions getting paid out as well… and some people making a ton of money while others struggle to make any. But, no matter how you run the numbers, for everyone just to break even you’re going to run out of people very fast.
In other words, the only way 30-Day Successful Formula can sustain itself is for a lot of people to lose their money. And I don’t think they’re going to get it back from the UPS Store.
If my math is wrong, please let me know.
Upgrading Your 30-Day Success Formula Membership
One way to squeeze more juice out of the program is not to recruit new members, but to get existing members to upgrade to higher levels… therefore injecting more money into the system.
Eventually though, you run out of higher levels, so the solution is to create new levels…
Here’s 30-Day Success Formula with 6 Levels, and below with 7 Levels.
30-Day Success Formula Letter Showing 6 Levels
30-Day Success Formula With 7 Levels
30-Day Success Formula Marketing and Product Delivery
If we ignore the red flags of sending untraceable cash in the mail or math that’s simply unsustainable (unless I’m missing something)… we get back to the basics of the system.
The objective is for you to earn money while you sleep because 30-Day Success Formula does all the work. They have the call center, the customer support, and the mail house.
You just buy the traffic (pay for them to mail out the leads) and when people call in, they close the sale and send out the product.
You just collect the money, pay for more leads to get mailed out, and then wait for more money to roll in.
In other words, the general idea is that for every dollar you spend, you get back two, three, four or even ten.
It’s like a machine that spits out money, which raises two more red flags…
First… claiming you have a machine that spits out money is it’s own red flag.
Second… if I’m wrong and there really is a machine that spits out money, why are they getting you to put your money into it?
I mean… even if it only spits out $2 for every $1 you put in… wouldn’t it makes sense for them to throw their own money into it?
Who is Simon Petrowski? (Another Red Flag?)
I’m going to be a little sarcastic here.
Let’s consider all the great inventors in history…
Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Galileo, The Wright Brothers…
These are some of the greatest inventors the world has ever known, and yet… I don’t think any of them successfully pulled of a machine that spits out money.
We could look to some of our greatest business visionaries…
Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Andrew Carnagie, John D Rockefeller, and the list goes on…
Again… while some of them have come pretty close to creating “businesses” that spit out money for themselves, they didn’t make a machine that spits out money for you and I.
So… up against the greatest inventors and business visionaries in the world, Simon Petrowski… the creator of the 30-Day Success Formula, is a GIANT.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you any more about him because he has virtually no digital footprint. You can find various other Simon Petrowskis… but not THE SIMON PETROWSKI.
On a more serious note…
I’m not saying he isn’t real. I’m just saying I can’t find him online. And, if anyone reading this has more information to clarify his existence, I will gladly update this review.
I’ll also say that it’s understandable if Simon Petrowski (or the creator of 30-Day Success Formula) wishes to remain anonymous. Privacy concerns have never been more serious or controversial than they are today.
Having said that… if you want to gain the trust of potentially millions of people who are sending millions of dollars in cash through the mail, putting your face to a name is a reasonable expectation I think.
Our next “red flag” is the testimonial that introduces us to 30-Day Success Formula.
According to this person, 30-Day Success Formula is the real deal.
The problem with that is she herself is NOT the real deal. You can also find Barbara Wortzman at deborahmendes.com.br/proteses.html
Is this proof that 30-Day Success Formula is a scam though?
No, I can’t say that. A lot of companies use models and stock photography in their marketing. It obviously makes me question the testimonial itself though, and that’s not good.
If you’re sending cash in the mail, trust is pretty important and fake testimonials don’t help.
Can You Make Money With 30-Day Success Formula?
I have no doubt that some people are making big bucks with 30-Day Success Formula. You may even join and make big bucks too.
And I must be honest, I respect some of the people I’ve seen online recommending this program so a lot of the negative things I’m finding here are a big surprise to me.
But anyway… despite my tongue-in-cheek “expression of opinion” and occasional sarcasm, I want to be clear… it’s probably possible to make some money with 30-Day Success Formula.
For the math to add up though, someone (at some point) must lose their money and this review is for those people.
I am not recommending that you join and I’m not recommending that you NOT join, I’m just giving my perspective of what I think is going on here for whatever it’s worth. And as my wife would happily tell you… I’ve been knows to be wrong. 😀
Where Do You Go From Here?
I wish I could say 30-Day Success Formula will make all your financial dreams come true. They (30-Day Success Formula) will tell you that, and some of their members might tell you that…
It may even be true if you’re one of the early ones to get in.
But I can’t say with confidence that it is. There are too many red flags for me personally to trust it enough that I’d send cash in the mail.
The safer bet if you’re just learning about home-based businesses or trying to earn a few extra bucks online is to start with something that’s free to join in my opinion.
Sites like surveyjunkie.com and swagbucks.com will pay you for doing small tasks. Survey Junkie… like the name suggests, pays you for doing online surveys. Swag Bucks pays you for doing things like watching videos, searching the web and testing websites.
Of course these sites won’t pay you enough to quit your job, but they are free to join and for many people, they’re also a good stepping stone to bigger things.
If you need to work from home because of health issues or children to look after for example… or maybe you just hate your job, an online business is what you want.
Learning where to start and how to put all the pieces together is what you need in order to get what you want.
Now, I’m going to give you a free step by step beginner’s guide to making money online and you can get it by clicking HERE
I hope my 30-Day Success Formula review has been helpful and if you have any comments, questions, or experience with this system… please share in the comments section below.