Jeff Proctor

Jeff graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with a B.S. in Biochemistry, but he’s always been a bit of a money-nerd.

After working one on one with clients for nearly three years in private wealth management, Jeff launched DollarSprout with his business partner and long time friend, Ben Huber.

A few entrepreneurial stumbles and lots of lessons learned along the way, he and Ben have created one of the fastest growing personal finance blogs on the internet.

Jeff has been quoted as a personal finance expert in several online publications, including:

To date, DollarSprout has helped over a million readers get a better handle on their finances. All of the content on DollarSprout is crafted with the intent to help readers worry less about money and make smarter financial choices — an important mission to Ben and Jeff.

Outside of work, Jeff is an avid golfer (read: avid, not good), and he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Paige, and his dog, Annie.

To learn more, connect with Jeff on LinkedIn.

How to Start a Business in 9 Simple Steps

Thinking about starting your own business? You’re not alone. According to data from Babson college, two out of three American adults believe that entrepreneurship is a good career choice. With dissatisfaction in corporate America on the rise, many people are taking matters into their own hands and starting their own businesses. This trend only looks…

Jeff Proctor 24 Mar

20 Online Business Ideas With Little or No Startup Cost

If there is one good thing that our most recent pandemic side hustle study showed, it’s that it accelerated the mass adoption of remote work all over the world (for many industries). As someone whose been running an online business from home since well before the pandemic, I can tell you that the number of…

Jeff Proctor 01 Dec

Shifting Side Hustle Statistics Reveal New Trends About How We Earn

Every year DollarSprout conducts an annual Side Hustle Survey to get a pulse on side hustlers across the country. In 2020, the big story was how the economic halt from COVID-19 forced many workers to find alternative means of income. In 2021, as the economy has more or less reopened and the pandemic has begun…

Jeff Proctor 18 Oct

3 Things I’ve Learned About Risk Taking and Entrepreneurship

My wife, Paige, has been a Physician’s Assistant for two years.  She has a great salary, great benefits, the opportunity to help people — everything you could ever want in a job. But even though it all looked great on paper, behind the scenes, things were starting to unravel. Over the past year, she’s been…

Jeff Proctor 30 Aug

Should You Work for Free? Here Are 5 Common Scenarios Where You’ll Be Tempted

Ah, the age old question that virtually every freelancer has had to grapple with at some point – usually early on – in their career: Should I work for free? Ask this question in any freelancing group on Facebook or Reddit and you’ll have no shortage of people offering strong opinions. For some reason this…

Jeff Proctor 02 Aug

A Behind the Scenes Look at the 90-Day Freelancer Playbook

There’s something about physically writing something down that you just don’t get with digital tools. That’s why we think the Freelancer Playbook is going to help so many freelancers in our community. Heres a behind-the-scenes look at how it came to be.

Jeff Proctor 27 Apr

DollarSprout’s Turning 5 Years Old. Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far.

DollarSprout turns 5 years old next month. Sometimes I can’t believe we’ve made it this far. It hit me this morning that I’ve never shared the story on how DollarSprout got started on this site. Here’s how our business came to be.

Jeff Proctor 15 Jul

8 Best Budgeting Apps For Every Type of Budgeter

Once you find the right budgeting tool, you’ll start to see a substantial improvement in your finances. To help you find your perfect match, we’ve carefully sorted and tested dozens of apps to find the best budgeting apps for every type of budgeter.

Jeff Proctor 16 Jan

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners: A Complete Guide to Your First $1,000

Five years ago, if you’d told me I’d be sitting here today making a living blogging, I would’ve laughed in your face. Actually, I probably would’ve said, “What the heck is a blog? And how can you make money blogging?’” Five years ago, I was working as an investment analyst at a financial planning firm….

Jeff Proctor 20 Dec

5 Financial Mistakes to Avoid This Holiday Season

As another holiday shopping season rolls around, many Americans are making changes to how they approach this year’s shopping. According to a recent survey by, one in five Americans plan on spending at least 40% less on gifts this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Even with so many planning holiday budget cuts this…

Jeff Proctor 18 Nov