Payton Welch, in a recent YouTube ad, begins by saying: “Look, you’ve got a bunch of douchebags in Lambos telling you it’s easy to start an online business. But actually it’s not. Those guys are actually full of sh*t. It’s not hard to rent a Lambo.” Problem is, Payton is about to get real hypocritical real fast. Scroll down for my Inbound Closer review.
“Now let me ask you this,” Payton continues, “if all these internet gurus are lying to you about their cars, what else do you think they might be hiding from you? I’ll tell you. It doesn’t matter whether it’s dropshipping, affiliate marketing, online courses, starting an agency, consulting, MLM, freelancing, or anything else you’ve heard about online. No matter how you cut it, all that stuff is hard.”
Payton says you’ll have to hustle and grind for at least two years to see even a smidgen of success with those business models. Why? Because the learning curve is so steep. And there are countless new skills you’ll have to acquire. So it’s not your fault if you haven’t had your big breakthrough yet, he explains.
Today’s your lucky day though. Payton’s about to show you how 1,621 of his students have replaced their 9 to 5 income in just 21 days. It involves learning one high-demand skill that puts you dead-center in a booming, thriving, $129 billion dollar industry full of wealthy business owners who are eager to stuff your pockets with commission checks of $980 or more. Even better, all you need is a phone and a six page PDF.
Of course, Payton’s talking about becoming a high ticket closer. Basically, you do sales calls for people like Payton who sell courses, coaching, seminars, services, or masterminds for thousands of dollars. Every time you sign someone up, you get a big fat commission.
Most of what he says about the opportunity is true. It is in high demand. You can make decent chunks of money. It can happen fast. And you do get to sidestep all the stress and struggle that comes with starting your own online business. But like any good marketer, Payton makes it sound easier than it is. The picture he paints is absolute best case scenario.
In Payton’s pitch, he says you’ll close 40% of calls. That’s laughable. Plan on 15%, if you’re lucky. He says you can take calls whenever you want. Um, no. That’ll be up to the guru you’re selling for. He says the typical price point for one of these high dollar programs is $9,800. Pfft. Try like $2,997. He doesn’t factor in no-shows, refunds, chargebacks, pay plan buyers bailing on their rebills, or slow days where there’s just no leads coming in.
He gave you the Instagram image. Perfect lighting. Perfect angle. Perfect filter. Plus a little Photoshopping. In real life, it looks a lot different. You might find yourself taking eight hours of calls a day, then sending email and text message follow ups at night and on weekends, all to take home less than you made at that job you couldn’t stand.
Payton suggesting you can “easily hit $30k per month while working part-time” is appalling. Shame on you, Payton Welch. Maybe one-half of one percent of everyone who goes through your Inbound Closer training can pull that off. Maybe. But to act like that’s an average result? Ugh. I can’t.
Payton and his more behind-the-scenes brother, Taylor Welch, from Traffic and Funnels, hawk their Inbound Closer Accelerator for a one-time fee of $97. They do offer a lifetime, 100% money-back guarantee. But if you think you’re not going to get hit with nonstop upsells once you join, you’re fooling yourself. Soon, you’ll be on the phone with their inbound closer, getting pitched that very $9,800 package Payton referenced throughout his presentation.
For the record, I’m fine with what they’re selling. I’m just not a fan of how they’re going about it. Why stretch the truth so much? Sure, it’s getting them more sales, but at what cost? I’d argue, their reputation. Google “Inbound Closer Reddit.” You’ll find thread after thread of complaints and bitter buyers echoing many of the things I just said. Case in point: