Hey there, my name is R.J. Weiss.
I’m a Certified Financial Planner® sharing the best of what I know about making money, saving money, and investing it wisely.
I’ll never forget the day I decided I wanted to help others become better with money. Unfortunately, I can’t forget that day because I was pretty ticked off.
When I needed help learning how to invest, I went to people who I thought had my best interests at heart. And for a year or so, I thought all was well.
But thanks to a few beginner personal finance books, I started to realize the mistake I made. What I thought was a sound investment strategy was instead a bunch of high-commission mutual funds.
Finding this out was a moment I’ll never forget.
I was angry, of course. But on that day I also made two decisions that I’ll always be grateful for:
- The first was to become a Certified Financial Planner®
- The second was to start writing about personal finance
The second goal was pretty easy. I set up a blog and started writing (on a different site than this one). And while the site did OK, I learned a ton about both personal finance and digital marketing.
In the meantime, I studied hard and in 2010, at the age of 26, I become a Certified Financial Planner®.
Over the years that followed I held a job in financial services specializing in insurance planning for young families. I was proud to be one of the few fiduciaries specializing in insurance, and I enjoyed the work.
In 2016, after taking a hiatus from blogging (I sold my previous site in 2012) I started The Ways to Wealth.
I didn’t expect that in just one year I would be running this site full-time. I simply wanted to write and share the best of what I knew about personal finance.
But thanks to a commitment to writing and a few lucky breaks — here we are.
About The Ways to Wealth
The Ways to Wealth is now a thriving community and website that helps people learn how to make more money, save more money, and invest their money wisely.
If you’re looking to browse around, I’ve sorted each post into some basic categories. Go ahead and click a link below, then find a post or two that interests you.
Want to read some of our most popular posts? Here are a few that have been shared over 50,000 times:
- 9 Side Jobs for Introverts That Pay Surprisingly Well
- How Much House Can I Afford & Other Financial Rules of Thumb
- Recommended Household Budget Percentages
- How to Make Money From Home