by Matt Jones, CPA

“You should write a book”. I’ve heard it more than once. No, really, I shouldn’t write a book. I should barely write a blog, and I’ve been pushing the idea off for years.

Why would anybody recommend that I write a book? Apparently I have a knack for helping people organize their financial lives, get off to a strong start as a younger professional, or get back on track. People say I have a way of explaining complex subjects simply. There are already so many good books out there, so I’ve put together a list of recommended reads and I fill in the gaps with this blog.

So, who am I? A thirty-something, midwesterner living in the city with my wife. I began my career in public accounting, passed the CPA exam about eight years ago and maintain an active license. I’ve tracked Net Worth since 2014 and it’s been the single biggest contributor to my financial progress.

I’ve dealt with student loans; buying, renting and selling multiple properties; starting several businesses and preparing taxes for myself and others; negotiating an increased salary offer (successfully!); achieving an 800+ credit score; earning enough credit card points to pay for my honeymoon (in Thailand and Bali); joining two non-profit boards; and coming in under budget for my wedding; to name a few.

My goal isn’t to make money off of this website. I genuinely enjoy helping people, sharing my thoughts and tips, and learning new things myself. My income is from my day job and investments, this is just for fun. There are a few ways I could get a referral fee, but only if it doesn’t impact the price you pay, like books from Amazon, refinancing your student loans, or improving your LinkedIn profile. These are products/providers I believe in and they don’t increase the price you pay. These prevent any advertising on the site. I don’t share/sell your information for profit and never charge for any one-on-one advice. (I’m not a financial advisor, full disclosure here.)

Why did I finally decide to create this website? I love to share insights that I’ve managed to glean from working through challenges myself and helping others. Or maybe it was because I broke my shoulder. Feel free to reach out to me directly.

I hope you’ll find this blog helpful. Feel free to submit questions, suggest a post topic or connect on LinkedIn. I’m open to providing advice, presenting to groups, moderating panels and guest posting blogs or podcasts.

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