Welcome!

You’ve found my blog, read a post or two, and now you’re wondering, “Who is this lady? What is she about? Let’s get you some answers.

My name is Kristin Wong. I’m a full-time freelance writer, journalist, and author of Get Money (coming March 2017). I launched this blog so that I could:

1) Help people learn how to money. So many of us feel controlled by money, and that’s a frustrating feeling. It makes us throw up our hands and say, “Well, there’s nothing I can do about this mess! Might as well give up!”

**Adds all the things to Amazon cart**

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 bucket list trip to Costa Rica. But all of that sounds like a pipe dream to most people because money is so damn confusing and intimidating. My passion? Demystifying personal finance for people.

Talking money at the NYSE

2) Share what I learn about the freelance writing business. Believe it or not, freelance writer ≠ starving artist. 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 (good) living as a freelance writer. 

3) Have my own (online) home. I’m lucky, I get to write about interesting topics for big media outlets, and believe me, it took a while to get to this point in my career. It’s awesome. However, I also want 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, and this is mine.

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. To the horror of my family, I left my high paying technical writing job in Houston to move to Los Angeles and become a freelance writer. 

When I got here, I briefly wrote for television and co-wrote a web series for Fox Digital. I went on to write and produce videos for MSN, where my editor and I won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. My career has been a constant pursuit of figuring out how to get paid for writing about topics I enjoy. Recently, I wrote a book, Get Money, with Hachette Book Groups. It’ll hit shelves in March of 2018.

Want to learn more? You can learn more about me at my professional website (for clients and such), www.kristinwong.com.

Where to Start

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. (PsstIf you want to learn how to make money writing, I’ve even built an entire course about it. Check out Come Write With Us here.)

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.