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.

7 Perfect Gifts Under $100 for People with Type 1 Diabetes

Gift giving season is upon us. Finding the perfect gift for someone special is always a unique challenge, more so when they live with a condition like Type 1 diabetes. It’s a balancing act of thoughtfulness, practicality, and understanding their everyday needs and lifestyle. My wife, Paige, was diagnosed with Type 1 when she was…

Jeff Proctor 27 Nov

How I Built a Luxury Candle Brand on Shopify as a Total Beginner

Earlier this year I was in a creative rut.  As much as I love being able to work from anywhere and create content for DollarSprout, I felt myself yearning for a new challenge. I’m an ADHDer, which means one of my biggest weaknesses (but sometimes also a strength) is that I easily get sucked down…

Jeff Proctor 09 Nov

Acorns Review 2023: Pros, Cons, Fees & How It Works

I’ve always been skeptical of micro-investing apps. Can they really make a difference in my financial journey? With 15 years of investing experience under my belt, I’ve come to realize that I get the best results when I do the least amount of work. The less that I touch my investments, move money around, or…

Jeff Proctor 18 Oct

We Asked Over 1,000 Everyday People About AI. Here’s What They Said.

If you spend any amount of time on Twitter or keep up with technology news, you probably feel like Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming for us like a giant tsunami wave — for better or for worse. But what do normal, everyday Americans think? It’s easy to get caught up in social media echo chambers…

Jeff Proctor 24 Apr

15 Best Cash Back Apps to Earn Rewards in 2023

Over the last few years, dozens of new cash back apps for shopping have popped up. These apps – all of which are free to use – can save you money on groceries, travel, clothes, and so much more. I’ve endlessly experimented with cash-back apps since 2015, back when DollarSprout was first launched. I don’t…

Jeff Proctor 10 Nov

Consumer Survey Reveals Puzzling Response to Inflation

With the latest inflation numbers coming out, things are not looking great. According to the latest data put out by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of living is 8.2% higher than it was at this time last year and isn’t yet showing signs of decreasing. There is no shortage of opinions among…

Jeff Proctor 15 Sep

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 Low Cost Online Business Ideas With High Profit

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

Side Hustle Statistics 2021: Trends Emerge as Covid-19 Lingers

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 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