Well, Hello There.
You’ve found my blog, read a post or two, and now you’re wondering, “Who is this lady? What is she about? Will I like the cut of her jib?” Let’s get you some answers.
My name is Kristin Wong. I’m a full-time freelance writer, journalist, and (brand new!) book author. I launched this blog so that I could…
Share everything I learn about how to make money writing. Believe it or not, freelance writer ≠ starving artist. For the past several years, I have earned between $75k and $100k a year as a freelancer. The majority of that income is specifically from freelance writing. I’m not saying what has worked for me will work for everyone, but it can’t hurt to share what does work for me, and that’s why I created this blog.
Stereotypes about freelancing don’t have to be true. 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. Point is, I’m here to give you answers to how I make a decent, sustainable income as a freelance writer.
Help you figure out how to manage your money. And how to make your money work for you, rather than the other way around. So many of us feel controlled by money, and that’s a frustrating feeling. It usually leads to throwing our hands up and saying, “well, there’s nothing I can do about this mess! Might as well give up.”
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 support what matters to you most, whether it’s feeding your family, moving out of your parent’s place, or taking that two-week trip to Costa Rica you’ve always dreamed about. The problem is, all of that sounds like a pipe dream to most people because the financial system is so damn confusing and intimidating. I LOVE demystifying it for people, and that’s also why I created this blog.
Be myself: I’m lucky. I get to write about interesting topics for big media outlets, and it took a while to get to this point in my career, but it’s awesome. However, I also wanted a place to call my own. I wanted a place where I could share a more personal side of my writing and my life, whether it’s through personal essays, travel roundups, or even the occasional rant. I think every writer should have her own personal blog (which is why I wrote this primer on how to start one), and thewildwong.com is mine.
And that’s the kind of stuff you’ll find here: helpful advice on how to make money writing, tips on how to manage your money, and occasionally, essays and articles on topics that pique my interest and that I think will pique yours, too.
Who Am I, Though?
I write about human behavior, personal finance, and productivity for places like the New York Times, New York magazine, Lifehacker, Glamour, and a handful of other places. I graduated college with a degree in English and went on to become a technical writer in my hometown of Houston, Texas (God I miss Shipley’s donuts). Unlike some professionals who switch careers, I actually really liked my job. It paid well, it was challenging, and my coworkers were fun! However, I knew I wanted something different. So to the horror of my family, I left my high paying technical writing job to move to Los Angeles and become a freelance writer.
When I got here, I briefly wrote for television and co-wrote a series for Fox Digital that won a handful of awards at LA Webfest. I then went on to write and produce videos for MSN Living, where my editor and I won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. From there, my career has been a constant pursuit of figuring out how to get paid for writing about topics I enjoy. If you want to make money writing, I’ve found that it comes down to three things: writing for the job you want, negotiating like a boss, and thinking of yourself as a business, not just a standard freelancer. Recently, I wrote a book, Get Money, with Hachette Book Groups. It’ll hit shelves in March of 2018.
Personally, I enjoy taking pictures, taking hikes, and taking naps. I work from a home office in Pasadena, a lovely city that’s just 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. I live with a man and a cat, both of whom are hairy (but loveable). Five random facts about me:
- I love scary movies. The Others is one of my faves.
- In 2011, I won a burping contest. Yes, I’m that good.
- My favorite travel experience is visiting the Amazon rainforest in 2009 (right). It was so majestic that I didn’t even mind the bugs.
- My first language was Cantonese. Unfortunately, I no longer speak it and am trying to relearn it.
- I love animals. Even the ugly ones.
Want more? You can learn more about me at my professional website (for clients and such), www.kristinwong.com.
Here’s Where You Should Start.
If this sounds up your alley, here’s what you can do.
First, bookmark these posts, which I think you’ll find interesting.
How I Turned My Side Gig Into a Profitable Business: When I first started freelancing, my writing was so terrible it literally left someone speechless. Find out how I went from that to launching a successful freelance writing career.
Money Is a Tool, Not the Goal: This is a three-part series on how to reset your relationship with money. Most of us think about it all wrong, which makes it impossible to manage our personal finances.
A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing: Another three-part series on how to make money writing (or with any other freelance endeavor). You’ll learn how to find your first clients, how to set rates, and how to deal with budgeting and taxes.
Second, let’s connect! You can follow me on Twitter here. I’m also on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook under the same handle: @thewildwong.
Finally, subscribe to my newsletter. You’ll also get a free copy of The Freelancer’s Toolkit for Getting $hit Done, a guide I’ve written not just for freelancers, but for professionals in general. My hope is that these tools will help you organize and optimize your business so you can focus on a more important challenge: producing awesome work.