The Rainmaker Challenge Review – Legit or Just Another Scam?

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You want more freedom and independence in your life. You want to work from home and spend more time with your family. I get it. 

Programs like the Rainmaker Challenge claim they can help, but is it legit? 

In this review, I'll explain what the Rainmaker Challenge is, how it works and whether it's worth it. I'll also discuss what it teaches and if it's a legitimate way to make money online. 

  • The topics I'll cover are:
  • What is The Rainmaker Challenge?
  • Is The Rainmaker Challenge Legit?
  • How Does The Rainmaker Challenge Work?
  • The Challenge's Seven-Day Itinerary
  • How Much The Rainmaker Challenge Costs (including business expenses)
  • The Rainmaker Challenge Reviews and Complaints
  • What I Like and What I Don't Like
  • Where Do You Go From Here?

Please note, I am not an affiliate for The Rainmaker Challenge. 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 The Rainmaker Challenge?

The Rainmaker Challenge seems to be less of a “challenge” than a workshop, but that's okay. We'll just call it a challenging workshop…

Basically, it's an introductory course that teaches you how to start an Amazon FBA business in 7 days. If you're unfamiliar with Amazon FBA, I'll explain in detail what it is further below. 

For now, the quick description is that it's a home-based business that allows you to sell physical products to customers through Amazon.

The Rainmaker Challenge was created by Stephen and Chelsey Diaz, and they refer to it as the perfect nap time biz. 

The Rainmaker Challenge Stephen and Chelsea

Geared towards stay-at-home moms, it's a unique twist on the conventional Amazon FBA courses and the approachable family biz feeling it provides is appealing. 

Although I'm more of a work-from-home dad rather than a stay-at-home mom, I also found their presentation style and format to be welcoming. 

The Rainmaker Family

While the Rainmaker Family consists of the Rainmaker community, its foundation and founding members are Stephen and Chelsey. 

Stephen and Chelsey met while still in school and worked at summer camp together. They also spent four years as wedding photographers before realizing their photography business Trécreative was not sustainable if they wanted to start a family. 

While it was a successful business and they earned a decent income, they were still trading hours for dollars. And starting a family working that many hours would be difficult.

So, they tried what they hoped would be effective passive income endeavors, such as a photo booth business, Airbnb, and short-term investing. 

Along the way, they also tried an eComm business which made some money, so they explored it further. That's what led them to Amazon FBA. 

Chelsea was skeptical that it would work, but in 2021 it allowed them to retire from the wedding industry. 

In the process of building their own Amazon FBA business, they began teaching others, and the Rainmaker Family was born. 

Is The Rainmaker Challenge Legit?

In a world of make-money schemes and scams, it's nearly impossible not to ask the question… is The Rainmaker Challenge legit? 

While I'm also a skeptic, and my default position is usually that it's a scam, I had a positive feeling about The Rainmaker Challenge from the beginning. 

Right away, you can see that Chelsea and Stephen are real people and are willing to put their faces and name on their program. In addition, the Rainmaker Family is a registered LLC in California. 

With a quick search, you'll find The Rainmaker Family Show podcast with nearly 80 episodes at this time (probably more by the time you read this). And there are more than 130 five-star reviews on the Apple podcasts website. 

None of these are the typical signs you'd find in a scam (although there are some exceptions). For example, when it comes to expensive high-ticket programs sold by big-name “gurus,” some of them are scams. But they also have hundreds of millions of dollars to defend themselves when the FTC comes knocking. 

That's not the case here…

The Rainmaker Challenge is affordable, legit, and provides significant value for the cost, in my opinion. 

There's an additional course you can buy (after the challenge), which some might consider a bait and switch, but it's optional. What you get with the seven-day challenge is worth the cost, and its purpose is to help you decide if Amazon FBA is for you. 

Another question is whether Amazon FBA itself is legit because there are scams that have given it a bad name. They promise you riches beyond imagination with almost zero effort. But, unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. 

An Amazon FBA business is a real business. It requires investment in inventory, operational tools, etc., and like all businesses, it comes with failures and successes. You'll have some hits and misses, and that's normal. 

Your chances of success are far greater when you learn from others with experience, like Chelsea and Stephen. But those who sell Amazon FBA as the fast lane to millions while lying on a beach sipping margaritas are probably selling a scam.

How Does The Rainmaker Challenge Work?

The Rainmaker Challenge is a 7-day live training where you'll join others who are also learning about Amazon FBA. Stephen and Chelsea go live daily at 9AM PST (12 PM EST) during those seven days. 

The call is streamed into the Rainmaker Family Facebook Group, and you can find the feed at the top of the page in the featured section. 

They also recommend that you sign up for text message notifications.

Call replays can be found in the Guides section of the Facebook Group. You'll also find relevant tutorials and bonuses accompanying each day's videos in that section and content from previous challenges.  

The Rainmaker Challenge Course Schedule

Each day of the challenge itinerary introduces you to a new aspect of the Amazon FBA business model and builds upon the previous day's content… 

Day 1 – Where to Start?

On day one, you will learn what Amazon FBA is and how it works. Chelsea and Stephen share tips to be successful, the concept of “quick wins,” and exploring your “why.” 

Defining and knowing your “why” is critical to earning passive income. Like any business, there is considerable upfront effort before you make money, so you must know why passive income is important to you? 

Along with testimonials, Chelsea and Stephen will also lead a discussion about the mindset required to build an Amazon FBA business and the fears that hold you back. 

Day 2 – How Much Time Is Required?

The time it takes to build and maintain an online business varies from person to person. One thing that is certain though, as mentioned earlier, is that you will reduce the time it takes by learning from someone else's experience. 

On day two, Stephen and Chelsea show you how they save time running their business and interview challenge members and guests for additional advice. 

Building your business will likely take more time than maintaining it. Learning what to do and how to do it takes time, and building momentum can be challenging. So early mornings and late nights can be expected. 

But for those who stick to it, it's worth it. It's difficult to describe how passive income changes your life, but it's significant, often in ways you might not expect. For example, you may not expect the health benefits from reduced stress and having the time to exercise and eat properly. 

However, building a business requires some heavy lifting in the beginning. It's great to talk about the benefits, like passive income, but you should also go in with realistic expectations. Yes, you can build an online business that makes six or even seven figures, but it takes time to develop the required skills, test products, marketing campaigns, etc. 

Day 3 – How Much Does an Amazon FBA Business Cost?

Day three is all about profitability and starting with a reasonable budget. 

Chelsea and Stephen will introduce you to the Power Profit Tool and explain taking calculated risks. 

They will also show you multiple ways to sell on Amazon and get into the tech and software needed to build an Amazon FBA business.

The amount recommended to start is between $1000 – $10,000. Hitting the nail on the head with your first product will keep your starting costs to a minimum, but there is a learning cure. Your biggest expense is inventory. And unfortunately, there are many reasons a product can fail to deliver profits. 

This is where courses like The Rainmaker Challenge are valuable. Knowing which products to sell, the profit margins to aim for, and where to buy them (topics covered on day five) is crucial. 

Day 4 – Time-Saving Tools and Strategies

The purpose of a passive income business is to be hands-off. While it's better to be a business owner than an employee (in my opinion), the typical business owner still puts in countless hours. 

That's where things differ online. 

The internet allows you to leverage a global audience and automate tasks in a way impossible for traditional “bricks and mortar” type businesses.

On day four, Stephen and Chelsea will introduce you to the online tools they use to do this. They also discuss how to find hidden product opportunities. 

Day 5 – Finding Profitable Products That Sell

Day five introduces one of the more creative and fun aspects of starting an FBA… finding the best products to sell

Until this point of the challenge, the idea of running an eCommerce business may be a little abstract. But once you know which products to sell and you can start calculating real numbers, your business begins to take shape and become something more tangible.  

You will learn about product research processes and how to choose profitable products. What to look for and the “four qualifiers” that Chelsea and Stephen use to determine whether a product is suitable to sell.  

The prevailing view is that it's getting harder to sell online because it is saturated. It's undoubtedly more saturated than it was a few years ago, but not so much that there are no more opportunities.  

Also, online entrepreneurs today have some advantages that early online entrepreneurs didn't have. For example, we have better tools that make it easier to run an online business and access to experts willing to share what they know.

Another misconception is that competition is bad. Sure, it can be, but that's not always the case. 

One area where competition is good is that it scares some people away. 

Of course, there comes a time when something becomes too competitive, but this is not it. 

If you were trying to build the next Amazon, then maybe. But instead, you're leveraging the power of Amazon to reach buyers who would have been impossible to reach several years ago. 

There may come a time when doing that as an independent seller is next to impossible, but now is not that time. Of course, that doesn't mean it's easy, but there is still significant opportunity for those willing to put in the time and effort.  

Day 6 – Sourcing Products and Connecting with Manufacturers

Now that you have an idea of the product(s) you want to sell, the day-six discussion is about where to buy it. 

Many Amazon FBA sellers have a challenge finding quality manufacturers to work with. In most cases, you are buying products from another country, and it's impossible to meet with the manufacturer personally or inspect their facilities. 

Therefore, it's helpful to have trusted recommendations. 

This will save you a lot of time testing different manufacturers and wasting money on low-quality products, slow delivery times, etc.  

An optional step that many FBA sellers take is to work with inspection services such as QIMA, who will meet with a manufacturer and provide an inspection report. 

Of course, this step depends on the size of your investment. Ordering samples of the product(s) you plan on selling is also something to consider. 

Day 7 – Accelerating Your Business

On Day 7, Stephen and Chelsea talk about your rainmaker journey and taking your business to the next level. They also share their top secret to success and how to accelerate your business growth. 

You can also continue in the Rainmaker Family Group/Passive Income Training Community, where people share their tips and strategies with each other. 

How Much Does an Amazon FBA Business Cost?

Starting an Amazon FBA business can be more challenging than it sounds. That doesn't mean it's not a great business model, but like any business, there are often unforeseen challenges and obstacles. 

There are also expenses to be aware of, like the following…

Online Tools for Product Research, Listing Monitoring, Analytics, Etc. 

The tool Stephen uses to demonstrate product research is Helium 10, which ranges in price from $39/month to $249/month and higher for custom plans. As a new Amazon FBA seller, you can get by with the lower-priced plans. 

Another tool many FBA sellers use is JungleScout, which costs $29/month to $84/month, depending on your chosen plan. 

These tools help you with product research, such as assessing a product's sales potential and determining demand based on keyword research. They can also help you monitor your product listings on Amazon.

Products to Sell

Your biggest expense will be product inventory. 

Although your initial purchase can be less than a thousand dollars, it's risky if that's your entire budget. That's because your first product listing is not guaranteed to be a winner. 

In any case, many Amazon sellers recommend that your landed cost (to Amazon) be at least 25% of the revenue you hope to achieve (before FBA fees). 

For example, if your goal is to make $10,000 in total sales, your total product cost, including shipping, should be $2,500 or less. That leaves you enough to cover additional fees while also earning a profit. 

If you don't have the budget to buy products at this time, you can also make money with online survey sites like Survey Junkie and Inbox Dollars.

Of course, a successful FBA business will make far more than an online surveys, but surveys are a simple way to make a few bucks if you don't currently have any money.

For a bigger income that doesn't require inventory, a different kind of online business may be what you want.

You may be at home with children or have health difficulties keeping you from working a regular job.

If that’s the case and a full-time income online is what you want, knowing how and where to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.

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UPC Codes 

Your products will need UPC Codes. This is a relatively minor expense. 

For example, Barcode Mania ( offers ten codes for $15, five codes for $10.00, and a single code for $4.99.

Individual barcodes are determined by the number of different products you sell, not the number of units you sell of a single product. In other words, you need one barcode per product (not per unit).

Brand Logo

You will need to create your own brand when selling private-label products. And your brand will need a logo. 

You can use a tool like Canva to create a free logo or hire a freelancer from a site like Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer to make you one. For logos, freelancers can charge anywhere from $25 to $100 unless you're looking for something unusually complex.

Product Photos 

You'll need photos for your product listings. 

Although some product suppliers provide photos, you should not use the same stock photos as others. If stock photos are your only option though, adding infographics, comparisons, annotations, etc., will make them more attractive. 

It may be necessary to take your own photos if your supplier does not provide them, in which case you will need to order a sample first.

Regardless, you'll need compelling photos to sell products. For example, you may have seen an Amazon product listing with low-quality images and decided not to buy it because it looked unappealing. 

So great photos are an essential aspect of your business. 

You can create a photo package yourself if you are skilled at it or hire a freelancer if you are not. Depending on the situation (such as the competitor's product images), a great photo package can cost upwards of $100 per product.

Amazon Seller's Account 

To qualify for top placements on product pages, you will need a Professional Seller's account, which costs $0.99 per unit or $39.99 per month.

Amazon FBA Fees (25% of total revenue)

Remember above when I mentioned some Amazon FBA sellers recommend that your landed cost be around 25% of your expected revenue?

This is why. 

Amazon takes care of all the logistics and order management for you, and they don't do it for free. 

Amazon storage fees, fulfillment fees, and things like advertising and high-volume listings can add up. Fees vary by product type, size, and other variables. So a rough estimate recommended by some is to account for is roughly 25% of your total revenue.

Product Sample

You may not want to skip this expense, even though it is optional. However, it's a wise idea to get your hands on a sample of what you're selling before spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on inventory. 

Amazon FBA Inspection Service – $150 – $300

As mentioned earlier, this is another optional step. 

For example, an Amazon inspection service like QIMA is a China-based company that inspects your products and manufacturing facilities. Services like these can vary between $150 to $300. 

You can also have your entire inventory shipped to you first for inspection. Then, you can send it to Amazon yourself, but this is an added expense and will take more time. 

That said, if your products are not up to standards or are defective, there may be nothing you can do. Shipping them back to the manufacturer may not be an affordable option. Quality issues can force you to sell at a much lower price than planned. 

In a worst-case scenario, defective or damaged products can be a complete loss. It's an unlikely scenario, but one to plan for nonetheless.   

Remember that negative reviews and returns are guaranteed if you sell low-quality or defective products. Not only will that hurt sales, it will also put you at risk of having your Amazon Seller account suspended.

How Much Does The Rainmaker Challenge Cost?

In addition to the Rainmaker training, which currently costs $47, Stephen and Chelsea recommend you have $1000 – $10,000 to start your Amazon FBA business.

This would cover the product cost and other expenses mentioned earlier, such as Amazon Seller Fees. 

When you compare the cost of starting an Amazon FBA business to a traditional “offline” business, it's very affordable. However, it's still a significant investment for some.

As mentioned earlier, if money is tight and for now a few extra bucks would be helpful, free survey sites like Survey Junkie and Inbox Dollars might be a necessary compromise.

The earning potential is small relative to what The Rainmaker Challenge can lead to, but they're a simple first step you've never made money online before.

For something more significant, a commission-based online business is also an option.

You may be at home with children to look after or struggling with a medical issue making your regular job difficult.

If that’s the case and a more substantial income is what you're looking for, knowing how and where to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.

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What Else Do You Get?

Bonus 1 – The How To Build Your Business During Naptime Book

This is a book about building a passive income-generating business.

Bonus 2 – Heather's Secret Tool

Heather discusses the tool she uses to identify the most profitable products to list on Amazon.

Bonus 3 – How To Get Amazon Products For Free

Learn how to get free products and grow your business.

Bonus 4 – Our Power Profit Tool

The Power Profit Tool helps you save money by avoiding costly mistakes. 

Bonus 5 – Followers2dollars Instagram Course

I couldn't find any information about this Instagram course, but from the name, I take it to be self-explanatory. It sounds like it teaches you how to gain followers on Instagram and make money from your audience. 

Bonus 6 – Intro To Our Product Sourcing Agent

Rather than searching for and negotiating with multiple manufacturers, an agent (or broker) can help you. Stephen and Chelsea introduce you to theirs. 

In addition to their published bonuses, some of the “unofficial” bonuses you will find in the community are personal growth challenge book clubs and access to experts in different money-making fields. 

These include experts in crypto investing, Kindle publishing, and selling on Facebook marketplace. 

There are also incentives like the Rainmaker Benjamin Club for those who sell $100 in a single day. 

Rainmaker Support 

The Rainmaker Challenge and Family are active groups, and unlike some other FBA programs, you are not left to figure it out on your own. In addition to the Facebook Group where you can ask questions, Chelsea and Stephen provide a support desk. 

You can contact Rainmaker Family Support here.

Another support service you get with the Rainmaker Family is one-on-one support from a dedicated “support sister.” Your support sister is another member who has gone through the challenge and offers help and support through daily SMS. 

The Rainmaker Challenge Refund Policy

If you're uncertain about joining The Rainmaker Challenge, they do make your decision a little easier with a 30 day money back guarantee.

The Rainmaker Challenge Refund Policy

Upgrades: Rainmaker Challenge Plus and Lifetime Access Pass

When you purchase the Rainmaker Challenge, you'll be presented with additional offers…

Family Freedom Challenge Box (Free + $19.95 shipping)

  • Workbook and guides that accompany each day of the challenge.

Rainmaker Challenge Plus Experience – $127

  • Product research deep dives with six and seven-figure coaches.
  • Entry to win done-for-you product research
  • Product qualifier cheat sheet
  • Lifetime access to replays

Rainmaker Lifetime Access Pass – $97

  • Lifetime access to replays
  • MP3 Audio downloads
  • Transcribed documents
Rainmaker Challenge Upgrades

Rainmakers MasterMind

The Rainmaker Mastermind is an extended mentoring community where members share tactics and strategies about Amazon FBA and building passive income online. 

It's a private group hosted on Facebook, currently with 1700 members. 

Rainmaker Challenge Reviews and Complaints

The reviews for the Rainmaker Challenge are unusually positive, and there are very few complaints. 

In cases like this, I'd typically be suspicious of fake reviews, but Stephen and Chelsea seem genuine, and their teaching style is sincere. 

There's some “dream building” and “lifestyle selling,” as in most make-money programs, but you are still getting real value here. 

Also, reviews on sites like Trustpilot contain more detail and specific experience with the program than you typically find in fake reviews. 

Having said that, my guess (and it's only a guess) is that reviews are incentivized or at least requested. That doesn't mean they're insincere, just that they may not all be organic. The reason for this “guess” is that many of the review dates are clumped together rather than being spread out. 

Having said that, it's not uncommon to see that for cohort-based challenges, courses, workshops, etc. 

At any rate, I'm only speculating, and the lack of negative reviews and complaints is just as revealing as the abundance of positive reviews. It's an excellent sign.

If people were unhappy with The Rainmaker Challenge, you would likely know about it from the comments and chatter online. But so far, there isn't much other than a few complaints. And in some cases, those are from people who may have this challenge confused with another. 

Also, there are many (more than I can count) positive reviews on various rainmaker-related sites. 

What I Like About The Rainmaker Challenge

  • The Rainmaker Challenge is an affordable introduction to Amazon FBA. It's not as in-depth as some courses, like BJK University, for example, but it also doesn't cost thousands of dollars either.
  • The abundance of positive reviews.
  • Chelsea and Stephen are sincere and active within the group. 
  • Helpful community. 

What I Don't Like

  • While I like the Rainmaker approach, and it's nowhere near as “salesy” as some other FBA courses, I still get the feeling that they overstate the opportunity and understate the difficulty. But that's just me. 
  • The relatively high cost of starting an Amazon FBA Business. This is not a criticism of the Rainmaker Challenge. It's just the reality of starting a business (any business, not only FBA) that requires an upfront inventory of physical products.
  • Profit potential can be misleading. Again, this is not a specific criticism of the Rainmaker Challenge. It's a criticism of FBA and eComm in general. You'll read hundreds, if not thousands, of reviews, comments, blogs, etc., talking about six and seven-figure months, or $10K days. In almost all cases, they are talking about total sales volume, not profits.
  • Dealing with physical products. There are logistic issues such as delayed and/or damaged products, and the margins are generally lower than what you can earn selling services or digital products. 

Where Do You Go From Here?

The big question is whether the Rainmaker Challenge works; the answer depends a lot on you. 

Amazon FBA certainly works. Countless sellers are earning a living from it. But it requires both time and financial investment. 

Learning from others' experiences as you do with the Rainmaker Challenge helps. It will not only shorten the learning curve significantly, but it will also help you make better decisions. As a result, it could potentially save you money.  

The main obstacle here will be your budget. If affordability is an issue, there are ways to get started online that don't require product inventory.

You may be single parent at home, or a student in school. You may have health issues keeping you at home, or maybe you just hate your current job.

If that's the case, an online business is what you want. 

With all the scams and schemes out there though, knowing how and where to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.

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If you're just looking for a simple way to make some extra spending money, online survey and get-paid-to sites may be what you're looking for.  

Sites like Survey Junkie are a great way to get started. Inbox Dollars is another site that offers rewards for doing things like watching videos, visiting websites and searching the web.  

I hope my Rainmaker Challenge review has been helpful. Please share any comments, questions, or experience you may have with The Rainmaker Challenge in the comments section below.

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  1. You don’t speak about the push on day 5 to buy the master mind course for $5800. That’s mostly what they talk about and lead up to on day 5. There’s no real training on that day. It’s almost down right discouraging when you pay $47 to do the 7 day challenge and by day 5 they hit you for a whopping $5800. I’m still in the course and plan to finish and begin steps to start a business but I would have appreciated a little more heads up about such a large investment especially when they continuously promote those who can start with zero dollars.

    • She is right. That is a lot of money for some mothers. That is a lot of money for me, even with the needle moving. I do u derstand some people why don’t need.

    • Kimberly THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this information. The very thing I was worried about, paying $47 and then upsetting to the real deal, which I moat certainly can’t afford. If I had that kind of money in the first place, I wouldn’t have been attracted to the low $47. God bless you for sharing.

    • Hi Kimberly, I seen your comment that they push for the $5800. Is that a requirement to move forward or is it an option? I’m very interested, but not sure about that kind of cost. Thanks for your info and helping me with this decision…