I’m Kristin Wong, a full-time freelance writer. I started this blog to help other writers, creatives, and digital nomads navigate the tricky business of freelancing. If you’ve ever thought, “I need to be better with money, but how?” or “I want to see the world, but how?” or “I want to live by my own rules, but how?” you should stay a while. I’ve asked myself the same questions, searched for answers, and here, I share what I find.
Here Are a Few Things I Believe:
Freelancer ≠ starving artist. I’m a freelance writer, and hey, guess what? I don’t eat ramen every night. Actually, I do eat ramen quite a bit, but it’s only because I f*cking love ramen. The point is, stereotypes about freelancing don’t have to be true. And since freelancing has become a lot more common, it’s crucial to learn how to make it work for you. Whether you’re trying to earn side income or launch a career, it’s possible to earn a decent, sustainable income as a freelancer or self-employed person.
But it’s not really about the money. It’s more about not letting money get in your way. How many times have you said, “I can’t” because of money Most of us don’t necessarily the life we want, we live the life we can afford. Money shouldn’t hold you back. It should be a tool to help make your dreams a reality. There is no non-corny way of saying that.
I am not a brand. One of the biggest hurdles I’ve faced as a freelance writer is struggling to “brand” myself. Yes, self-promotion is important. But some things just made me cringe, like blog posts on how to be authentic. Or fussing over social media metrics. Or the hashtag #follow4follows. The more I tried to latch on to various “branding” methods, the less authentic and human I felt. So I gave up. I focused on what made me feel alive: writing. Self-promotion absolutely matters, but you don’t have to lose yourself to become a brand.
I’m a full-time freelance writer and online video producer. I write about money, travel, and productivity for Lifehacker, Mentalfloss, and a handful of other places. Let’s connect. You can follow me on Twitter here.
Let’s Get Personal.
In 2010, I left my full-time technical writing job to move to Los Angeles and pursue a freelance writing career. I wrote for blogs. I wrote for television. I even co-wrote a show for Fox Digital. In a few years, I had my own online column and video series. And then one of my biggest financial fears came true: I got laid off.
I was devastated. People kept telling me “it happened for a reason.”
For months, I hung onto the belief that it happened for a reason. That, somehow, the Universe knew I was destined for bigger, better things. I took on some writing gigs to earn extra cash while I searched for a new, full-time job. I interviewed for a couple of jobs that sounded perfect. A writer for an online web show. A video host for a children’s news program. I didn’t get either of them. Huge bummer, but I kept searching, holding onto the belief that it happened for a reason. Like most people, I found it hard to cope with the fact that, nope, sometimes, shit just happens.
In the meantime, my gigs increased. I started writing for popular websites I loved. I started producing fun videos for new clients. My side gigs started to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. Also? I really, really enjoyed it.
I had an opportunity: I could keep waiting around for bigger, better things or I could try to make those things happen myself. I chose the latter and decided to take control and embrace life as a location independent freelance writer. I realized there are many, many things in life I can’t control, but there are also a surprising number of things I CAN control.
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And I’ve learned a lot, but I’m still learning, and it’s an adventure. My layoff didn’t happen for a reason, but it did happen for the best. Ultimate freedom is taking control of your own destiny and I’ve become committed to that principle. So I decided to create a platform where I could share everything I learn about the following:
• Financial independence: Declaring independence FROM your finances.
• Managing a business: Making money on your terms and living that coveted work-from-anywhere life.
• Saying “yes” more often: To travel, to friends, to weird, scary food.
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