No future is too big or too small for us, our goal is to simply help create a positive future for all of our clients.
Welcome to J.R. Financial Coaching, we are a solo financial planning and financial coaching firm. We are here to help all of our clients with their unique needs related to all aspects of their financial goals. We approach all aspects of our planning with the heart of a teacher.
Whether its debt management, budgeting, saving for college, retirement, or strategies to pay off your house early, we are here.
If you are thinking about opening a small business or currently run a small business and have questions we can help answer those questions and get you on the right track.
All of our coaching sessions are virtual. This allows us to help anyone, anywhere, anytime. We are able to utilize the newest technology to conduct sessions via phone, live video conferencing via Zoom, or through Skype. Live in person sessions can scheduled within 30 miles of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Standard Package includes: One hour call and 30 min check in call monthly. Unlimited email and text support. 3 month minimum then renews on a month to month basis. Perfect for a beginning semi-hands on approach with accountability
Basic and Extreme Packages also available- Approach will depend on situation and needs as determined during the consultation.
Special rates available to first responders, military, teachers and current FPU students (up to 6 months after completion)
Budget Creation Package – includes three 1 hour budget creation sessions plus 3 bi-weekly budget checkups. (available with or with FPU)
Financial Peace Package – 6 Sessions Plus FPU membership
Small Business Starter Kit Package – 3 sessions
eBay Planning Package -6 Sessions- Includes both personal and business planning sessions
Welcome! My name is Joey Ruffalo, founder of J.R. Financial Coaching. My story is long but one that needs to be told. In 2007/2008 we were hit hard by the housing market crash. Our small business’s income decreased by 65% yet we were still spending on pre crash levels just trying to maintain a lifestyle we really never could afford in the first place. After many sleepless nights and other nights where I was woken up with worry that our cars were being repossessed, we needed to make a change. Answering the phone was no longer an option as creditors were the only ones calling it seemed. Relationships with friends and especially family were strained.
One day while driving home I heard a radio show. The caller was asking how to deal with creditors. The host, with his southern drawl, told him how to proceed, and that was to hang up on them, not answer them and redirect your focus on your ‘four walls’ and ‘building an emergency fund’. This was my first exposure to Dave Ramsey. I introduced him to my wife, who the the next day got every book from the library and signed us up for Financial Peace University (FPU). Over the next few years we proceeded to pay off over $300k in debt, which consisted of personal and business debt. It was tough but once we had a plan and a direction, the pressure was off. We only wish we had a financial coach in our corner to guide and walk with us throughout the process.
This journey sparked a new sense of purpose and direction for me and my wife. We decided that I would take the necessary steps to help others learn what we learned. To show others that they are not alone in the process and that they have someone to walk with them. I want to be your guide and coach that we were missing.
Along the way I earned my Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA where I also was ‘Awarded with Distinction’. I earned my Masters in Business Administration in Financial Planning (MBA-FP) from California Lutheran University. I am also a Certified Personal Finance Counselor (CPFC®) and a Certified Consumer Debt Specialist (CCDS®). Most recently I completed training and I am now a Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach(RSMFC).
“Completion of Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach Master Training does not create an employment or agency relationship with Ramsey Solutions or its affiliates; it does not constitute a license or credentials to engage in legal, tax, accounting, investment, or other professional services; nor does it constitute an endorsement or recommendation of the Coach by Dave Ramsey.”
Brian Burke, Head of Community Development at eBay, sits down with Joey for a full hour interview. We discuss what makes a great meetup, how to start one and why to join. Plus Brian answers some questions on recent eBay issues and the role the Community team plays in helping sellers.
What can I say about our experience with Joey except he was wonderful, caring and compassionate. He listened to our needs and concerns and meet those with expert advice and the heart of a teacher. Our lives are forever changed and we couldn’t be more grateful. Bless you.
Working with Joey was life changing. He took his time to not only get to know our financial situation but to get to know us personally. That connection resonated with us and left a lasting impression. It motivated us to the point that we paid off 4 credit cards and are working towards paying off our house early. Thank you so much for being a part of our lives.