A Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking With Credit Card Rewards

A couple of years ago, I went to Japan and had the time of my life. The icing on the cake? My flights were almost entirely free. It was my first experience using credit card rewards for travel hacking. And it was a lot easier than I thought. You don't have to learn...

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What You Should Know About Taxes as a Freelancer

Freelancing isn’t easy. It’s not all working outside on your laptop or digital nomading your way around the world. Sure, there’s that, but you’re also constantly working to win over new clients, deal with demands from current ones, budget with an irregular income, and...

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Things to Do in Reykjavík, Iceland

If you ever go to Iceland and you tell people you're going to Iceland, prepare for this reply: "You know it's going to be cold, right?" This is the response I got from almost everyone when I told them I'd be visiting Iceland this year. "It's going to be cold,...

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Why We Get Stuck in Ruts (and How to Break Out of Them)

I’m sitting here, hands hovered over the keyboard, using every ounce of my willpower to squeeze out words. Just a few measly words! Why is this so hard? All I want to do is take a cruise with an unlimited supply of Bloody Marys. Or a nap. A nap is good, too. And...

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Luck Is Not the Opposite of Hard Work

I loved parables as a kid. One of my favorites was the parable of the Chinese farmer. It's an old Taoist story, but philosopher Alan Watts popularized it in his book, Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life. It went something like this: Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer...

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Minimalism Vs. Earning More Money

Over the Christmas break, I watched the documentary The Minimalists. As someone who has embraced minimalism since childhood (I was a weird kid with a very clean room), I found myself nodding like crazy throughout the first quarter of the movie. “YES! It’s so true! We...

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kristinwong

Hey! I'm Kristin. I've written stuff all over the place, including Lifehacker, NBC News, Fox Digital, and more. Here, I share everything I learn about how to freelance, from managing money to digital nomading to figuring out why the Wi-Fi isn't working. Want to learn more? Start here.

What You're Saying

  • GK: I moved to NYC last year in July with no credit history in the US. Only Bank that offered me a credit card was...
  • Done by Forty: First, congratulations on the book deal! Count Mrs. Done by Forty and I in for one copy. (And we...
  • Alex: Where do you recommend I place my money if I’m saving for larger purchases (in excess of $5,000?) Why do...
  • Vivian Tejeda: First off, congratulations on your book deal! This post brings self-awareness to mind. Sometimes, the...
  • Anna Weisend: Congratulations on the book! How exciting for you! It takes a lot of maturity and humility to sift...

How to Become a Freelance Writer With No Experience

When I graduated college, I got a job as a technical writer. I signed an apartment lease, wrote “technical writer” as my occupation, and my friend Nolan looked at it and said:

“Dude, you’re a writer!”

Um, I guess, I told him. Does that really count, though? how to become a freelance writer with no experience

Technically, I suppose I was a writer. However, when I tried to use that line on the Houston Press or any other publication I wanted to freelance with, they didn’t seem interested in my “technical” writing credentials. I might as well have told them I walked dogs for a living. It’s a decent enough profession, but it didn’t exactly prove that I could write articles, essays, or anything else that wasn’t an operating manual.

Over the years, though, I finally did reach my goal to write articles, essays, and other content for publications, some of them pretty big: from Lifehacker to Fox Digital to NBC News. And now, it’s how I earn a living. It sure as hell didn’t happen overnight, though. It takes time, but there are a few things I could’ve done differently to speed up the process. If you’re looking for tips on how to become a freelance writer with no experience, here’s what I would do if I had to start from scratch.

Start a Blog

The best way to write for someone else? Start writing for yourself. If you’re new to writing professionally, you need to prove you can actually write professionally. And writing is hard. Some of the smartest, most eloquent people I know are terrible writers. (I’m not being a jerk, they admit it!)

Before an editor hires you, she needs to make sure you can actually get the job done, and if you’re starting from scratch, the best way to prove this is with a blog. Your blog will serve as your online writing portfolio if you don’t have any clips yet. There are a few ways to go about it:   read more…

Why “Being Present” Is So Difficult

Back in the day, I used to go to loud, crowded, sweaty concerts. It was never really my thing, I mostly hugged the wall and gripped my drink, but a friend in our circle was so into it. One night, jumping around, he turned to me and shouted, "Man, this is my element!"...

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The Single Hardest Thing About Negotiating

Here's what I used to say about negotiating in my early 20s: "If you have a good job, you don't need to negotiate. My boss just gives me raises!" Man, I was naïve. At first glance, it seems like a pretty good deal, right? You never even have to ask, your boss just...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking With Credit Card Rewards

A couple of years ago, I went to Japan and had the time of my life. The icing on the cake? My flights were almost entirely free. It was my first experience using credit card rewards for travel hacking. And it was a lot easier than I thought. You don't have to learn...

read more

What You Should Know About Taxes as a Freelancer

Freelancing isn’t easy. It’s not all working outside on your laptop or digital nomading your way around the world. Sure, there’s that, but you’re also constantly working to win over new clients, deal with demands from current ones, budget with an irregular income, and...

read more
kristinwong

Hey! I'm Kristin. I've written stuff all over the place, including Lifehacker, NBC News, Fox Digital, and more. Here, I share everything I learn about how to freelance, from managing money to digital nomading to figuring out why the Wi-Fi isn't working. Want to learn more? Start here.

What You're Saying

  • GK: I moved to NYC last year in July with no credit history in the US. Only Bank that offered me a credit card was...
  • Done by Forty: First, congratulations on the book deal! Count Mrs. Done by Forty and I in for one copy. (And we...
  • Alex: Where do you recommend I place my money if I’m saving for larger purchases (in excess of $5,000?) Why do...
  • Vivian Tejeda: First off, congratulations on your book deal! This post brings self-awareness to mind. Sometimes, the...
  • Anna Weisend: Congratulations on the book! How exciting for you! It takes a lot of maturity and humility to sift...