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Does Rick Dawson’s Hooked On Overages Program Work? A Hooked On Overages Review

Note: This is a fairly long story of my experience with Hooked On Overages and Rick Dawson. If you just want to get right to reading about the program itself, you can read the Insider’s Guide to Overages by clicking here:

In the name of full disclosure, before I write a single word of my review of Hooked On Overages, I want to be upfront about the fact that I am Rick Dawson’s younger sister, Maggie Dawson. I had zero experience dealing with overages before unintentionally learning Rick’s program while helping out with his first training. I’d like to share my unique story becoming involved in the program in the hopes that you’ll decide to make what could be a life-changing decision for yourself, and take the leap into entrepreneurship with Hooked On Overages.

When Rick decided to develop the Hooked On Overages program, he initially contacted me last-minute to do him a favor. He was hosting the first of the live chat sessions that were a part of the first-ever training, and he wanted me to stand by in the chat rooms and monitor the emails coming in to make sure if anyone had any questions, or problems getting connected, that they’d be able to attend that first session and not miss anything. So I welcomed people into the chatroom, encouraging them to talk a little about themselves while waiting for the session to get started. Of the 20 or so people who attended that first session, only a few had any experience in the real estate industry. Most were just your average Joe, intrigued by the program, looking to move in a new, more lucrative direction with their careers.

I continued to monitor the chats for the next two weeks, and in doing so, got a basic grasp of the course material myself. I hadn’t been particularly interested at first, but when one of Rick’s students got a check in before the initial training was even over, I couldn’t help but start to wonder if my significant other and I – who have always had synergy when it comes to entrepreneurial endeavors – should give it a try. He’s a phone man, and I like doing research, so I began to scheme that together, we might be able to make some serious money from this business.

Now, one advantage I had right out of the gate that most reading this don’t have is that I know Rick. I didn’t have any lingering questions like “am I getting scammed?” or “is this just another B.S. get-rich-quick scheme?” My brother has been making money for as long as I can remember. At a holiday gathering recently, an old family friend was joking about how when they were six years old, Rick used to hustle her down the alley picking up bottles and cans so they could return them to a recycling center for a few dollars (a tidy sum for six-year-olds back in those days). Everyone present to hear that little anecdote agreed that Rick has always been one of those people who just sees ways to make money that others don’t. Should he ever read that, I’m sure he’ll throttle me for telling that little story, but it’s a testament to the way Rick’s brain works, and how far back this ability goes. Needless to say, his entire adult life Rick has been coming up with ingenious strategies for cornering small niches in the real estate market. So I knew if he had a new program, there was some serious money to be made.

I also knew ahead of time that I didn’t have to worry about not being able to get ahold of anyone if I had questions, and I knew if and when I did sign up a claimant I’d have Rick to help me every step of the way. If you’re considering getting involved in the program, this is something you, too, will never have to worry about. Someone is always around to answer questions – much of the time, even via email at 4 am. Running the helpdesk, I have heard from too many students to count that our level of service is unmatched by any other training course they’ve taken (one man told me in a recent course he’d taken he had to wait a MONTH for a helpdesk reply) and that it is their favorite part of the program.

Anyway, back to my story. When that first training was winding down, I suggested to my significant other that we give the overages business a shot. He didn’t know much about the program, but being the good sport he is, he readily agreed. So we drove around Indiana (one of the few states where you have to actually travel in person to do overages related research) finding records of overages, and when we got back, researched them, and made calls. Within the first week, we had signed up an $8,900 claim (a scan of the check is on Rick’s blog on the Hooked On Overages site), and a few weeks after that, we signed up another claim for almost $19,000. For us, used to making $300 here and $500 there from our freelance projects, it was mind-blowing to see how quickly we could have lump sums of $5,000-$10,000 coming in.

I am a writer, and my significant other is a music producer by day and currency trader by night. We make a decent living, but we’ve been impacted by the recession a little harder than most. And like most entrepreneurs, our income was inconsistent to begin with. Since we are passionate about what we do, we never planned to make the overages business a full-time career… we just wanted to try it out. What we’ve found is that the overages business is extremely lucrative, even if you only work at it part-time. We are busy during the week, and we only work overages on Friday nights and Saturdays before 1 pm. Working only this schedule we’ve managed to add an extra $3,000 average per month to our income since the end of August. Two weeks ago we moved into a beautiful condo and didn’t have to worry about where we were going to get the money to buy what we needed to furnish it. I went Christmas shopping this season and had the pleasant experience of being able to buy my deserving family members gifts without constantly checking my bank balance for the first time since the recession hit. What a great feeling that was. I can honestly say that it is 100% due to my involvement with collecting overages.

If you want to work at overages full-time, based on our experience of putting in a combined weekly effort of about 10 hours, if you do four times as much to bring yourself up to 40 hours like a normal full-time job, that equals about $12,000 a month. And you truly do not have to know a single thing about the business before taking the training – I know I didn’t. One great thing about the program is (if I do say so myself) that I was instrumental in helping to put together the basic training materials after that first run of training. As a novice, I could tell quickly what would need further explanation, and it’s helped to make the training materials that much easier for new people to the industry to absorb. I also now man the helpdesk, and I understand exactly what new students are going through and am ready to help.

If you’re looking for a new career path, the overages business is something you should take a shot at. You’ve got nothing to lose. The cost of the training isn’t even as much as the College Algebra class requirement my significant other just paid for (he’s finishing his bachelor’s degree in addition to everything else we’re doing). There aren’t any hidden fees – not to mention support from Rick and the rest of the Hooked On Overages staff. You’re dealing with honest people who truly want to see you succeed, and there’s so much unclaimed money out there that you can work as many hours on overages as you like. The sky is the limit with your income from this business. If you’ve never experienced that before, it’s a feeling you’re going to get addicted to.

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, you can download free information from

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I hope this short missive was helpful. Rick didn’t ask me to write this review – it was inspired by the lovely, financially stress-free Christmas I just experienced. I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday, as well – and who knows, maybe in the new year you’ll find yourself prospering more than you anticipated. :)

–Maggie Dawson

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