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J.D. Roth

J.D. Roth

J.D. Roth is the founder and editor of the personal finance blog getrichslowly.org and the author of Your Money: The Missing Manual.

30 Recent Stories

6 Simple Strategies for Better Money Management

6 Simple Strategies for Better Money Management

Consider this list a mental reset button on your financial psyche.
February 17, 2014 in Personal Finance
The Difference Between Good and Bad Debt

The Difference Between Good and Bad Debt

Sometimes debt can give you a financial edge -- but you need to use it wisely.
December 19, 2013 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Why You Should Keep Business and Personal Expenses Separate

Why You Should Keep Business and Personal Expenses Separate

Mixing business expenses with your personal life can get messy fast.
October 29, 2013 in Personal Finance

Why You Should Start Preparing Your Ultimate Exit Strategy Now

You don't want your family to fight after you're gone, and you don't want the IRS to claim more than is necessary during the transition. Here are a few basics rules of thumb for creating a succession
September 30, 2013 in Management & Operations
3 Ways to Determine Your Own Salary

3 Ways to Determine Your Own Salary

You probably didn't launch a business to make less money than you did at your last job. Here's how to answer the tricky question of cutting yourself a paycheck.
September 18, 2013 in Personal Finance

When It Comes to Investing in the Stock Market, Timing Is Everything

A record-high stock market exposes the suckers. Don't be one of them.
August 12, 2013 in Personal Finance
How to Become CFO of Your Life

How to Become CFO of Your Life

Why not apply the money principles you use for business to your personal finances?
June 17, 2013 in Personal Finance

The Real Power of Health Insurance

Health insurance isn't a nice perk, it's a requirement for anyone choosing to go it alone as an entrepreneur.
May 23, 2013 in Compensation and Benefits
4 Advantages to Leasing Office Equipment

4 Advantages to Leasing Office Equipment

Applying the lease-or-buy question to business and pleasure.
April 11, 2013 in Office Tech
6 Fundamental Tax Tips for Entrepreneurs

6 Fundamental Tax Tips for Entrepreneurs

Follow these simple rules to maximize your money--while staying on the IRS's good side.
April 2, 2013 in Tax Center
Why Peer-to-Peer Lending Could Be a Good Investment Choice

Why Peer-to-Peer Lending Could Be a Good Investment Choice

Are you looking for better returns? Think about peer-to-peer lending.
February 25, 2013 in Investment Options
How to Build a Nest Egg

How to Build a Nest Egg

You already know you should set aside some savings. Here are ways to take action.
January 28, 2013 in Personal Finance
4 Things to Consider Before Giving to Charity

4 Things to Consider Before Giving to Charity

When it comes to supporting a charity, it helps to be realistic.
December 24, 2012 in Money
How 'Going Green' Can Save You Money

How 'Going Green' Can Save You Money

It's not just for do-gooders--sustainability saves money, too.
December 10, 2012 in Personal Finance
5 Things to Consider Before Lending Money to Friends and Family

5 Things to Consider Before Lending Money to Friends and Family

Many business owners have learned the hard way that family, friends and finances don't always mix.
October 29, 2012 in Personal Finance
How to Talk With Your Spouse About Money

How to Talk With Your Spouse About Money

The four financial issues every couple should talk about.
October 8, 2012 in Personal Finance
How Dividing Your Savings Can Help You Reach Your Goals

How Dividing Your Savings Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Splitting your money into a multiple, targeted savings accounts can help you see budgeting benchmarks more clearly.
September 17, 2012 in Personal Finance
A Quick Guide to Crafting a Budget Plan

A Quick Guide to Crafting a Budget Plan

A look at web tools and strategies for putting together a spending plan you can stick to for your small business.
August 15, 2012 in Budget and Debt Management
4 Obstacles to Early Retirement and How to Overcome Them

4 Obstacles to Early Retirement and How to Overcome Them

Do you dream of retiring early? You'd better get started now.
July 10, 2012 in Retirement Planning
How to Build a Financial Advisor Team

How to Build a Financial Advisor Team

Being chief cook and bottle washer isn't always the best solution for your bottom line. Here's how to find folks who can help.
June 4, 2012 in Personal Finance
A Reformed Hoarder's Guide to Records Storage

A Reformed Hoarder's Guide to Records Storage

Effective record-keeping is one thing. Holding on to piles of paper is another thing altogether.
April 11, 2012 in Productivity
Five Tips For Avoiding a Tax Audit

Five Tips For Avoiding a Tax Audit

Before you file your taxes, watch out for these common red flags that could draw unwanted attention by the IRS.
March 15, 2012 in Tax Center
Seven Ways to Free Up Cash You Already Have

Seven Ways to Free Up Cash You Already Have

Need money? Complete these nagging personal-finance tasks today.
February 16, 2012 in Personal Finance
Nine Easy Tips to Automate Your Finances and Avoid Late Payments

Nine Easy Tips to Automate Your Finances and Avoid Late Payments

Consider this quick step-by-step guide to put your bill paying and personal financial management on autopilot.
January 19, 2012 in Payments & Collections
Five Ways to Become Clutter-Free

Five Ways to Become Clutter-Free

A look at the high price of owning too much stuff, and what you need to know to shed at least some of it.
January 11, 2012 in Work/Life Balance
How to Regain Control Over Your Personal Finances

How to Regain Control Over Your Personal Finances

Turn off the news of financial doom-and-gloom and focus on keeping your personal microeconomics in order.
November 1, 2011 in Personal Finance
What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Estate Planning

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Estate Planning

When the time comes to deal with personal loss, it pays to be ready. Here's how to prepare yourself and your family.
October 19, 2011 in Personal Finance
The Secret to Saving: Think Before You Spend

The Secret to Saving: Think Before You Spend

There's a difference between spending irresponsibly and spending on things that improve your quality of life. Knowing the difference can set you free.
September 9, 2011 in Cash Flow & Money Management
How to Boost Your Business Credit Score

How to Boost Your Business Credit Score

Knowing what your credit report means is critical to your business and personal life.
July 26, 2011 in Financial Analysis
Money, Happiness and the Secret to a Rich Life

Money, Happiness and the Secret to a Rich Life

You don't want to be rich. You want to be happy. The question is, can money buy happiness? Turns out it can--to an extent.
June 21, 2011 in Magazine