So you’re thinking of joining Jon Mac’s eCommerce course but can’t help but wondering “is Jon Mac a scam”?
Well, you have come to the right post, my friend 😊
Jon Mac is a little different from the many dropshipping “gurus” out there whereby he actually created a platform that you can use instead of Shopify.
Therefore, it’s a bit different when it comes to comparing his and other eCommerce courses out there.
But is his CommerceHQ platform any better than Shopify and is it truly worth it for you to get his course?
This post is going to answer that for you.
But before I start the review, a quick disclaimer on the fact that I’m not an affiliate of Jon Mac. I’m by no means associated with him nor any of his courses.
Therefore I’m not going to profit in any way should you decide to get his course.
At the end of the review, I’m also going to share with you my personal take on dropshipping after doing it for a year and my #1 favorite course at the moment.
Now that I have cleared that up, without further ado, let’s get started!
Is Jon Mac a scam? Here’s the truth…
Here’s an overview what I’ll discuss in this Jon Mac review:
- Who is Jon Mac?
- Jon Mac’s Store Formula Review
- Is CommerceHQ worth it? Is It Better than Shopify?
- Is Jon Mac A Scam? Can You Trust Him?
- Should You Get Store Formula course?
- Is Dropshipping A Good Business Model in 2021?
- Another Way to Make Money For Beginners
Fake Guru Red Flags
Before I start with my review of Jon Mac, I want to share the video below on how you can detect some red flags from online “gurus” out there.
The red flags don’t necessarily mean that they are all scams, but you might want to be careful with the courses that they offer.
Who is Jon Mac?
Jon Mac is an eCommerce entrepreneur who claimed to have helped create as many as 32 millionaires and 256 6-figure earners.
I wish there was some sort of proven documents to verify this, but I couldn’t find any…
Perhaps, it’s the number of users who have had their success with the platform, instead of actually becoming his students. The truth is, I’m not so sure.
But it would be nice if Jon can give us some sort of proof on this, before printing it out on the website.
That said, he (and his team) did build a totally new eCommerce platform that’s in competition with Shopify.
I believe in order for him to do that, he must have known a lot of eCommerce tricks, background and most importantly, what makes up a successful store.
Jon is slowly building his follower base on YouTube with more than 17,000 subscribers and about 78,000 followers on Instagram.
Though to be honest, his Instagram account is a bit sketchy when more than he loses on average more than 1,000 followers while only gaining 30 new followers every month..
He isn’t as active on YouTube like many other dropshipping gurus, but before we get into the question of the day, let’s go through his famous Store Formula course first.
Jon Mac’s Store Formula Review
Store Formula course is a dropshipping course priced at $997. There are some pros and cons that you need to know about it before deciding to join the course.
Essentially, it’s a 4-week training where you will get to learn to create your own eCommerce store, get traffic and scale it.
Here’s an overview of the lessons:
- Week 1: Building Your Store
- This is basically where you will get to learn how to set up your online store using CommerceHQ, which is pretty easy.
- Jon also taught about mindset a lot in this module, on how to get the right eCommerce business mindset – which is helpful.
- Week 2: Selecting Your Products
- Jon teaches you how to find a great product – not necessarily to find a hot new product but something that has actually been proven to work great.
- There’s also a tool where you will get to find winning products on Facebook feed.
- Week 3: Getting Traffic via Facebook Ads
- It is a good module on Facebook Ads to get started as a beginner. But it is by no means the most complete but they are constantly updating this section.
- You will get to see Jon’s exact method on how to create the Facebook Ads strategy.
- Week 4: Outsourcing Your Tasks
- If you’ve gotten success, you will probably appreciate this module the most. But Jon actually advocates for you to start outsourcing the minute you’re getting some sales coming in. Maybe it is a push to hire his Ad Agency.
- Should you decide to go with his advice, make sure you have a spare budget for this before even starting the business.
Now let’s cover some of the pros and cons of this course.
- Big on mindset – which is a must
- Access to CommerceHQ for a year, but $299/month after
- Good customer support
- Not exactly the most comprehensive course for its price tag (only 9 hours long). You’re basically paying for the CommerceHQ platform
- You will be upsold to hire Jon Mac’s Ad Agency
- No refund policy, no money back guarantee whatsoever 😊
Is CommerceHQ worth it? Is It Better than Shopify?
In my opinion, no.
There are valid reasons though. It is okay if you want to try it out but I don’t think CommerceHQ is currently at the same par as Shopify just yet because:
- Can’t beat Shopify’s integration
- Shopify is a big company with a lot of partners. Therefore you will get to integrate with many other online tools out there, without even using Zapier.
- Not as Flexible as Shopify
- Since Shopify has a larger base of customers, there will be more upcoming apps that users can use created by developers. Therefore, with many more apps, there will also be a lot more flexibility of what store owners can do on their storefront.
- Where are the reviews
- There aren’t many non-affiliate reviews on CommerceHQ. If they are in-fact better than Shopify, people would have flocked to CommerceHQ instead.
Is Jon Mac A Scam? Can You Trust Him?
No, Jon Mac isn’t a scam.
He does produce valuable content and there is value to his course, platform as well as the book that he had published.
Jon is a business coach so he is well-versed what it takes to build a successful business and he does give out lessons on mindset inside his course.
Which I think is wonderful because people tend to underestimate the power of mindset. And Jon knows how to develop better, stronger mindset for people.
That said, his course isn’t exactly the best or the one course that you will need to take in order to be successful in eCommerce.
With that, it brings me to the next section.
Should You Get Store Formula Course?
Honestly, if you do want to learn how to dropship, there are other courses out there that are cheaper.
And if you do want to learn more when it comes to a proper business-minded mindset, I would recommend reading Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hills.
It’s well-known, famous and one of the best books I’ve ever read when it comes to mindset.
That said, if you do have the cash and really want to give CommerceHQ a try, you can do so.
But if you’re a beginner, I wouldn’t recommend going with the course, not only due to its price tag but also because of the unreliable sustainability of dropshipping business model.
Is Dropshipping A Good Business Model in 2021?
I personally don’t think it’s a business that you want to gamble in, especially when you’re just starting out for below reasons:
1) Only When You Have Capital
Dropshipping is really NOT for someone who are strapped with money. There are so many other expenses that you will need to pay such as:
– Store hosting
– Domain name
– Transaction Fee
– Facebook Ads
– Instagram Influencer
– Additional paid apps
So, unless you have AT LEAST $3,500 to spare (and don’t mind losing) to start this business model, dropshipping unfortunately is not for you.
You’ll be spending at least $2,000 to get started with Facebook Ads – and that won’t even guarantee any sales coming in.
2) Vicious Cycle
If you argue that you will be able to take home $2,000/mo if you get to make $10,000/mo, I’m sorry to break it down to you but that $2,000 will need to be re-invested to find another winning product and be spent for Facebook Ads testing.
This is one of the biggest reasons I quit dropshipping.
A lot of beginners are not aware of this vicious cycle.
3) Not The Best Business Model
As I’ve mentioned in 2021, dropshipping isn’t exactly the best business model out there. A lot of people already know the trick of “free product + shipping” and asking them to wait for 2-3 weeks for product delivery is a deal-breaker.
Put yourself in the customer shoe, will you go and buy a product from a store that will take 2-3 weeks to ship the products to you or you’d rather go to Amazon.com and get your products delivered the next day?
I’d go with Amazon.com.
4) Endless Tasks
When you’re just starting out your business, you are more likely to be handling a lot of things yourself, to keep your overhead cost down.
Meaning that you not only have to work on your website and content, but you will also need to do below tasks on the daily:
- Create and manage Facebook Ads
- Find another winning product
- Handle customer support (exchange, refund, messages)
- Designing banner for Ads
And that’s just an overview. You will find yourself spending hours at times just to figure out on how to handle chargebacks or customer complaints on your ads.
It isn’t exactly a “side hustle” that you can just spend an hour a day on.
That brings me to the next point.
Another Way to Make Money For Beginners
After I left dropshipping, I found a better way to make money online that is a lot more passive and won’t need me to fork out so much capital (or in fact, any capital) when first starting out.
I really wish I’d found this sooner.
I switched from doing a dropshipping business to affiliate marketing.
- it was free for me to get started
- I don’t need to be running ads all the time
- my traffic is organic, therefore a lot more sustainable
- I don’t need to handle refunds or customer service
- it’s much easier for me to do with a 9-5 job
So how exactly I get started with affiliate marketing as a newbie?
I found a course that is free to start and if I like it, it’s a lot more affordable and easier for me to take my hustle further.
The main point that got me hooked is that I can start for free as a beginner.
I don’t need to put down my credit card details. There’s literally ZERO payment that I have to make as a beginner.
I can stay as a free member as long as I would like in order to learn the basics.
Affiliate marketing might not sound as grand as having my own eCommerce store, but it is a business that is still giving me income today from something I’ve built and haven’t touched in 3 years.
Can you see how sustainable that is?
I too, start as a total newbie with this venture and slowly but surely make my way and now have been earning consistently from my websites.
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