I Tried Ryan Dossey’s Coaching Program Create Cash Flow (CCF)!
It had always been my plan to focus on building out my real estate systems when I got within 12 months of leaving active duty.
The thing I hadn’t figured out yet was whose system to implement. There are gurus all over the place talking about how rich their programs are, but who knows whether to believe them.
I knew I needed systems to scale my business, but had no idea what systems to build out. I’m not the personality that does well with building systems, and I knew that I would find more success plugging into somebody else’s systems rather than trying to recreate the wheel on my own.
Luckily, for me, Ryan Dossey and I linked up in person to film some YouTube videos (embed videos below) before he moved to Pensacola. By the end of the day, I had decided that Ryan had the systems I was looking for, and I decided to give it a shot because—unlike some real estate coaches out there—Ryan is a genuine, down-to-earth dude, who I would do business with any day.
12-Week Business Startup Program
The structure of Ryan’s coaching platform is broken into 12 weeks of easily digestible videos and tasks.
I could not have asked for a better soup-to-nuts breakdown of how to build an off-market deal-finding machine.
Every week you will get 4-5 short videos (usually under 10 minutes) walking you through simple, actionable steps to take that week. The last video of each week is a short wrap-up that reiterates your next steps for that week.
I thought this 12-week curriculum was well done. It flowed at the perfect pace, and I was able to easily accomplish most tasks before the beginning of the next week.
By the end of this 12-week process you will have:
- Named your brand
- Had your logo designed
- Built a Carrot website, Facebook, Google My Business, and other platforms
- Setup your REsimpli CRM to include various phone numbers to identify if your leads come from direct mail, website, business card, and online advertising.
- Hired a call center (Call Porter) to handle your inbound calls
- Ordered your first batch of Ballpoint Marketing direct mailers
- And even gotten reviews across your platforms to build credibility
I felt like this 12-week business startup program did a great job of walking me through everything I needed to do in order to get started.
CCF utilizes Monday.com to easily keep you accountable for accomplishing all of the weekly tasks.
This system helped keep me on task from week to week and ensured that I continued following up with items—such as waiting for the logo and branding to be finalized—without letting anything fall by the wayside.
They also had additional videos filmed using Loom in order to expound on how to accomplish specific tasks during the week. There was a video that walked me through creating my first Facebook advertisement seamlessly, which is a somewhat complicated task.
I had never used Monday.com before, but I think it was the perfect application for this!
The next piece of the Create Cash Flow puzzle is to build a website to generate wholesale leads passively. Ryan recommends Investor Carrot, and I agree with him.
I actually had purchased two domains to build Carrot websites two years ago. I planned to build the websites as I got closer to exiting the military, but I was already sold on Carrot from other real estate investors I had been networking with.
Ultimately, I ended up buying a third domain for this website, because I went with a different company name than originally planned—Freedom Properties.
Investor Carrot is an awesome website that allows you to build credibility within your market and rank high enough on Google that people will find your company when looking to sell their home.
I wrote a comprehensive review of Investor Carrot on my blog a few weeks ago. Be sure to check it out if you would like more information!
Ballpoint Marketing and I are going to be doing business together for a long, long time.
Ballpoint is the best direct mail marketing company I have ever used!
In the last six months, I have purchased and launched 8,000 Ballpoint mailers. From these mailers, I have purchased three homes—which I wholesaled—and taken control of a 40-unit hotel via lease option, with a June 1st closing scheduled for 39 additional units from the same seller.
The reason Ballpoint is so effective is that they look like handwritten letters, and have very eye-catching letters which increase your open rate dramatically.
I could go on and on about how much big a fan I am of Ballpoint marketing, but I already did in this article.
Call Porter has been a game-changer for me!
Call Porter is the Call Center Ryan built for himself, which was so successful he scaled it into a full business. He provides Create Cash Flow members a discounted rate, and—for the amount of time it saves me—it is totally worth it!
When somebody calls the phone number on my direct mail letter, a Call Porter rep answers the phone. They screen the caller, input their information into my CRM, and even schedule a seller appointment using my Calendly link in order to put it on my calendar at a time that works well for me.
This allows me to drop letters in the mail, and then sit back and wait for seller appointments to appear on my calendar. Then I simply jump on the phone, and schedule a time to walk through their property with them in order to write an offer on their property!
REsimpli is the glue that holds my entire lead generation business together. If it wasn’t for REsimpli I would not have a way of keeping tabs on all of these leads.
REsimpli is a customer relationship management (CRM) software that helps you track, follow up, and communicate with your leads.
I even landed a deal five months after initially contacting somebody, simply because the REsimpli automatic follow-up system I set up kept sending text messages to the seller.
It is very easy to use this CRM, and because it is built specifically for real estate investors, it has everything you could want to be built into it.
Take advantage of REsimpli’s free trial and check it out!
The real meat and potatoes of the Create Cash Flow coaching program is the incredible Slack community Ryan has built.
If you’re unfamiliar with Slack, it is a way to communicate with a group of people while incorporating “channels” for different conversation topics. Slack makes it easy to facilitate conversations, and after seeing how Ryan has it set up, I immediately began implementing it in our mastermind group!
Ryan and his team have three calls every week, including business calls, negotiations calls, guest speakers, and many others.
This slack channel has an incredible amount of participation from the members of CCF. Not only are Ryan, his mother, his brother, and his team, extremely active in the Slack group, but the other members are as well.
Anytime I have a question I can simply ask it in the proper Slack channel and will inevitably receive many solid answers.
One time I asked a question that was previously answered and one of the members of the groups linked me to several recordings of previous group calls, which helped answered my question in detail.
This Slack channel alone might be worth the price of admission for CCF, and I look forward to making it on a lot more of the group calls whenever I exit the military.
Is Create Cash Flow (CCF) Right For You?
Create Cash Flow is right for you if you are serious about scaling your real estate business, and the ability to source off-market deals. CCF is not free, however…
The Cost of Create Cash Flow
Depending on how you opt to pay for Create Cash Flow you should expect to pay an entry fee of $10,000 – $12,000 per year.
On top of that, Ryan recommends a marketing budget of at least $3,000 per month.
I know this may seem daunting at first, but it does you no good to pay for access to this community, and then only send 100 mailers per month. You’re going to want to send a large volume of mailers, and really flood your market if you’re serious about buying deals.
Don’t worry, your business will grow to earn you more money than your marketing expenses. That being said, you need to be prepared to fund your business for a few months before you start seeing a profit.
I have personally seen Ryan recommend a couple of my friends hold off on joining CCF because they weren’t quite ready for it—which I think is awesome! Think about it, how many “gurus” would tell a client not to buy into their program (yet)?
As I stated in the beginning, Ryan is very down-to-earth, and he absolutely has your best interest at heart.
I hope this helped answer your questions about the Create Cash Flow coaching program, and I look forward to seeing you in the slack channel if you decide this is the right fit for you!