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.

Meet the Journalism Dropout Making Six Figures as a Freelance Writer

“I feel the world is driven by stories and there’s so much power in what we have to share. Through stories we can help other people, we can inspire, we can inform, we can teach.” That was Javier Ortega-Araiza’s response when asked what inspired him to become a freelance writer. And, despite being a journalism…

Jeff Proctor 22 May

Fundrise Review 2024: Risks, Returns & How It Works

Investing in real estate can seem daunting, especially for those new to the scene. Platforms like Fundrise are making it easier for everyday investors to enter a market previously only accessible to big players. Recently, Fundrise has taken a step further by introducing venture capital investing to its suite of services. As both a financial…

Jeff Proctor 13 May

How One Googler is Helping Students Land Lucrative Tech Gigs

The online course industry is bustling with new creators coming onto the scene every day.  And despite the crowded market, there are still plenty of opportunities to get paid for teaching what you know. Michael Muinos is proof that, with the right offer marketed towards the right people, there is still room for new course creators. …

Jeff Proctor 06 May

6 Experts Share Advice for Putting Your Tax Refund to Good Use

Ah, the sweet joy of tax season—said no one ever, right? Except perhaps when that tax refund deposit hits. Suddenly, all that number crunching and receipt gathering feels worth it. This year, Americans are seeing an average federal tax refund of $3,028.[1] Now the real fun begins: deciding what to do with this unexpected windfall….

Jeff Proctor 17 Apr

Should I Tell My Boss About My Side Hustle? Here’s How to Decide

Imagine you’re in a typical Monday morning meeting, sipping your third cup of coffee, when your boss casually asks, “So, what did everyone do this weekend?” Before you know it, you blurt out, “I onboarded 2 new clients for my fitness coaching business!” and suddenly, all eyes are on you—especially your boss’s. Oops. In today’s…

Jeff Proctor 15 Apr

DollarSprout Side Hustle Report 2024: Side Hustle Statistics and Industry Overview

In a world where inflation is here to stay, the allure of side hustles seems to be at an all time high. With insights from individuals across the United States, our latest study peels back the curtain on the inner workings of the side hustle economy. It reveals not just the economic motivations driving people…

Jeff Proctor 25 Mar

How One Recent Grad Started a $2,000 a Month Shopify Side Gig

Sheershak Agarwal is not your average entrepreneur. An immigrant with a dream and a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Washington, Sheershak wasn’t satisfied with the status quo of being a software engineer at Qualcomm. He wanted a challenge outside of work. His Shopify side hustle, IVORY & EBONY, offers water-repellent…

Jeff Proctor 12 Mar

IRS Releases New Tax-Filing Guidance for Gig Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The gig economy — think driving for Uber, freelancing as a graphic designer, or fixing sinks as a handyman — has turned many of us into our own bosses. This freedom is great, but it comes with a twist: taxes. Luckily, the IRS recently released new guidance aimed to make tax time…

Jeff Proctor 07 Mar

DoorDash Takes the Big Game Experience to New Heights with a Unique Giveaway

As the Big Game approaches, bringing with it the spectacle of highly anticipated commercials, DoorDash has announced a giveaway that’s capturing attention far beyond its usual customer base. In what’s being billed as the most expansive Big Game giveaway yet, the local commerce giant is offering fans a chance to win items from every commercial…

Jeff Proctor 09 Feb

Get Paid $1,000 to Binge Your Way Through House Hunters

If binge-watching House Hunters has always been your guilty pleasure, here’s your opportunity to transform it into a rewarding venture, with $1,000 on the line for your insights and dedication. DIY Gear Reviews is conducting a study on home affordability, leveraging the HGTV show House Hunters as a data source. The study requires an individual…

Jeff Proctor 07 Feb