Here are a few things I’m passionate about and can help with:
- Blog coaching / launching / branding / promoting / monetizing / engaging
- FinTech advising / connecting / marketing / branding / strategizing
- Social Media & Community building / branding / engaging / growing
- Micro-Philanthropy / engaging / fundraising / strategizing
- Blog buying / selling / flipping / valuing
And here’s a highlight reel of my experience (full story here):
- 10 years in the online personal finance space
- 12 industry awards, including Blog of The Year and Lifetime Achievement
- 25,000,000+ views across all online projects
- $1,000,000+ made through personal finance blogs and projects
- $100,000+ given away through philanthropic projects
- 4x FinTech competition judge and advisor (FinCon, Digit app)
- Helped buy, sell, or manage 100+ blogs, including a dozen of my own
Happy to do one-time sessions, or recurring. My rates are $200/hr, or $150/hr for packages of 3+ hours. For personal friends, it’s a flat fee of $100/hr. My office hours are 4pm-6pm EST, Mon-Fri. Hit me anytime.
“J. lives and breathes personal finance blogging and consumer finance. He is arguably the most influential member of the community. He also just happens to love FinTech and sharing the best new ideas with his highly-engaged audiences, making him the perfect fit for judging our annual competition.”
– Philip Taylor, Founder of FinCon
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“J. helped us explode right out the gate, plugging us right into the financial blogging community and jump starting our word of mouth. His insight has been great over the years, and we’re stoked to have him on as a founding advisor.”
– Ethan Bloch, Founder of Digit.co
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“The great thing about working with J. is not only do you get his awesome advice, which is well-grounded, thoughtful and steeped in experience — he also gives you access to his vast network of contacts and friends. This has helped us re-work elements of our basic marketing strategy, as well as make inroads with some of the biggest influencers in the business. An hour of consulting with J. is like a gift that keeps on giving!”
– Tyson Koska, Founder of OnTrajectory.com
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“When I wanted to add extra curry flavor to Go Curry Cracker!, I sought advice and direction from somebody who was living and breathing blogging, somebody that has walked the walk. I felt, not that I was talking with a paid coach, but that I was talking with a friend who wanted me to succeed almost more than I did.
In 60 minutes I filled 5 pages of notes, covering content, marketing, building community, advertising, social media, press, and blogging best practices, all of it practical and actionable. But the real golden advice was to all of the questions I didn’t ask and didn’t even think to ask, the ideas that J. shared as a result of reading thousands of blog posts and curating a collection of the finest. From the day I put this advice into action, growth has shattered all expectations.
This combination of modesty and expertise is a rare gift. For anybody looking to take their blog to the next level, J. Money can guide you there.”
– Jeremy, Blogger at GoCurryCracker.com
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“J. Money is one of the hottest personal finance bloggers on the scene. I’ve been following his blog for awhile now and I was excited to have him as a mentor. His suggestions and positive outlook had an immediate impact on my traffic. I gained a great deal of insight working with him and learned that there are many ways to get results. I can’t emphasize enough how good this guy really is. He also breaks all of the myths about anonymous bloggers which is proven through his success. He is the future of personal finance blogs that are entertaining and informative.”
– Karen, Blogger at KarenCordaway.com
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“Having a mentor is important in many occupations and blogging is no exception; having J$ on my side is a blogger’s dream. He is competent, helpful, interesting, fun and so incredibly nice. Most of all, his gentle but firm support and experience yield results. When I hired J$, The Money Principle was a small blog with faithful but limited following and reputation, mainly amongst connoisseurs. The Money Principle is now re-vamped, I have gained the confidence to reach out to some of the top personal finance blogs and we have grown substantially. My RSS subscribers have increased fourfold, e-mail subscriptions are going up and daily visits have increased three times. My hat off to you, J$ and thanks!”
– Maria Nedeva, Mistress Supreme of TheMoneyPrinciple.co.uk
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“Here’s what I can tell you if you are planning to hire J. Money as a consultant: First, if he says “Yes” consider yourself fortunate. He is a ton of fun to work with. Second, J. is the very rare blogger who although he is at the very top of his game, never seems to have a big head. He not only understands the potential of his influence, but also “gets it” when working with brands.
J. sits at the center of the “Who’s Who” in personal finance influence. I’ve lost count how many times over the past 5 years that I’ve reached out to ask for his insights and he’s responded quickly. He’s a natural at connecting the right brands and the right bloggers.
J. has also knows the importance of giving back and paying it forward. Before spinning off Rockstar Finance, he grew it into one of the web’s top destinations for aggregated personal finance content, while also elevating the profiles of up and coming PF bloggers. Still, he introduced the Rockstar Directory and The Rockstar Community Fund — The “Pay it Forward” stories were among my favorite to read.
What I love most about working with J., besides his wealth of knowledge, is simple: there is zero BS with him. He won’t hawk a brand just to monetize, which if you’ve worked with lifestyle influencers for any length of time is truly remarkable. He engages only when he feels the brand offers something truly valuable to his audiences. This authenticity comes across loud and clear in both his partnerships and his content, and I believe is one of the many reasons he’s so respected and wildly popular in our community.”
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“J. was such a master at helping me hone in on my core message. He also really helped me find the courage to just be myself, which I think is so important when representing yourself online. He is a ninja when it comes to making money blogging and I found that incredibly valuable. When you are building a blog as a business, it helps A LOT to know your monetization plan up front and I could not have asked for a better teacher on this. You rock J$!”
– Agatha K., Life Coach at HeyAgatha.com
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“I’ll never forget when I did my coaching call with J. I was a high school band director at the time, and I was super miserable at my job. I had started my blog about six months before, and I wanted to see if I could make the transition to blogging full-time eventually. Even though I hadn’t been doing it for a really long time, I knew that J. was basically the godfather of blogging and had to get his opinion on what I was trying to do.
I had been writing content for a little bit, but I definitely wasn’t making any money through my site. I also didn’t really have much of a direction or focus at all. So I jumped on the phone with J., and we dove right in. He evaluated my site and gave me really honest feedback, and then walked me through monetization strategies, social media, traffic growth, and basically everything else I needed to know to have a solid foundation with my blog.
By the time we were done with the hour, I literally had six pages of notes (front and back). All of the information he gave me was incredible, and I finally felt like I had a direction to take with my site.
But honestly, I think the most important thing he did for me was to show me how to thrive in this business the right way. Care about your readers, don’t ever do anything that isn’t in their best interest, and create a real bond with your audience. That’s what makes you successful in blogging, and J. is the epitome of those ideas.
That was three years ago. Now, I run Millennial Money Man full-time and made nearly $200,000 with my online business while bringing in over 1,000,000 readers in 2017. I’ve been on CNBC, Forbes, Business Insider, Reuters, and many other major media outlets (which largely happened because of tips I learned from J.). Most importantly though, I can legitimately say that I have a loyal audience that is going to stick with me for a long time.
All of the success I’ve had so far started with that coaching call, and I really don’t know what I’d be doing right now if I hadn’t done it. Hands-down one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.”
– Bobby Hoyt, Blogger at MillennialMoneyMan.com
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“J. Money was a fantastic mentor who helped me improve my site quickly. He helped me figure out what to prioritize given my goals and the fact that time is always limited. He gave me good, actionable, and specific ideas on ways to improve the site. He also challenged me – in a supportive way – to do things in new and better ways. I haven’t even done everything that I learned about during the process, but I made numerous substantial improvements while we were working together, and I have a clear understanding of what to do going forward. What’s more, J. Money is a good guy and a pleasure to work with.”
– FF, Blogger at FeelingFinancial.com
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“In my first 15 minutes working with J., I received incredible feedback on my blog design from where to position content for maximum impact and how to create “power pages” to anchor my content in search engines and generate clicks. In my first hour with him, he helped me develop a direction for my project and create a personal road map to the goals I have for it. I’ve had several coaching session with J. since then, and my blog subscribers have nearly doubled. I really couldn’t be happier! This man oozes creativity, and the best part about working with J. is how incredibly fun and engaging he is during the entire coaching process. His tips on generating income, improving content, and networking with other bloggers comes from experience, and I highly recommend his services to any serious blogger looking for help reaching his or her goals.”
– Camille, Retired Blogger at ChallengeMantra.com
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“Ok this is the thing, I’m a girl who has dreams of being a mogul… I have many projects and ideas and I plan on seeing them all come to life. However, on that journey I need to manage my finances and I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t pay attention to them like I should. It’s much more fun to work on my art, or read blogs about marketing, developing a morning routine or any other random life improvement foolishness than looking at my personal finances. I’m too old to be this irresponsible.
I honestly don’t even read Budgets Are Sexy all the time. However, one day I was reading and when I saw J. was bringing on money coaching clients I jumped on it. It’s what I needed. I had previously completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and he talks over and over again about accountability, however, as a single person I had no one to be accountable with. You know how that goes, when people say they will be your check-in buddy but they never show up… I thrive on accountability, so I really wanted to hire J. and get additional coaching as well.
First call, was the bomb.com. I got real honest with myself and J. listened. I have action items to work on now and I’m feeling on my way. If I’m going to be the mogul I want to be, my personal finances have to be tackled. I can’t be blessed with more if I’m not taking care of what I already have.”
– Lil’ Kim, Long-Term Money Client