Casey Hynes

Journalist, Content Writer & Consultant

About Me

Hi, I’m Casey. I’m a journalist and content marketing writer.

As a journalist, I cover emerging tech communities, fintech, and financial inclusion. I also write about personal finance, including a monthly column about money and psychology.

As a content marketing writer, I do a few different things. One is ghostwriting thought leadership articles about digital marketing, fintech, entrepreneurship, and artifical intelligence. I also write brand features, usually about how new technologies are impacting people’s lives.

If you want to know more about who I am, read on. If you just want to see samples of what I’ve done or want to get in touch with me, scroll down :)

The Full Story

I grew up at the Jersey Shore (yes, where the show was filmed and no, it’s not like what you see on MTV — most of the time), but moved around a lot after high school.

I went to Mt. St. Mary’s University in Maryland for undergrad, earned my master’s from Columbia Journalism School in New York City, and started my journalism career at Roll Call in Washington, D.C. Then I shocked my family and friends by announcing that I was moving to Seoul, South Korea, to teach English in 2010. I had always wanted to move abroad and after one too many late nights spent wondering, “If not now, when?," I finally took the plunge.

Moving overseas was one of the best decisions I ever made. But I quickly discovered that I love writing too much to not do it for a living. So in 2011, I decided to continue my expat adventure by moving to Beijing and becoming a freelance writer. And that’s how I've made a living ever since.

I moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2012 — well, “moved” isn’t quite accurate. I planned to spend two months there, volunteering with elephants and getting as many $5 massages as I could squeeze into the trip. But then I developed this amazing friend group, and discovered new writing opportunities, and met the love of my life. All of a sudden, it was 2014, and Chiang Mai had been home for the last two years.

But after those beautiful, challenging, and growth-filled 24 months, I decided to move back Stateside with my partner. We've been living in small, quirky, and delightful Fairfield, Iowa, ever since.

I’m a member of the local Fairfield CoLab and am hugely passionate about remote work and coworking communities. I also volunteer as the Iowa City regional captain for the Journalism and Women Symposium, an organization I can’t praise highly enough.

When I’m not writing, I’m attempting to learn Japanese, working in my vegetable garden, and lovingly tending my compost pile (which is an oddly fulfilling activity. To each our own, right?). I’m also probably binge-watching 90s TV shows because “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and "Seinfeld" get better every time you watch them through.

Here's what you really need to know about me: I care about doing good work, pursuing fulfilling opportunities, and living with integrity. If you're the same, we should probably work together. Or at least grab coffee sometime.

 News & Features

I’m a regular contributor to Forbes Asia, where I write about startups and development in the Philippines and Myanmar. I've also been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Vogue India, The Magazine, South China Morning Post, and Roll Call. Prior to writing for Forbes, I blogged about tech and human rights for Asian Correspondent. Here are some of the pieces I’m most proud of, though you can see more at my Contently profile.

 Personal Finance

If someone told me 10 years ago that not only would I write about personal finance, but it would also be a passion of mine...let’s just say I would have found that hard to believe. After all, creatives and money don’t mix — or so I thought. Now this is one of my favorite areas to write about (and geek out about, so if you like to bond over budgeting and financial essentialism, drop me a line). I’ve written for companies including EVEN Financial and MyBankTracker, and I write a regular column called Up Close and Personal Finance for Make Change.

 Content Marketing & Brand Content

I work with agencies such as Influence & Co. and Fluxe Digital Marketing to ghostwrite thought leadership materials on behalf of their clients. These pieces include articles, blog posts, ebooks, and promotional write-ups, and cover a range of topics, such as digital marketing strategies and analytics, entrepreneurship, alternative finance and investing, and artificial intelligence.

I also write reported features for companies and organizations. In 2014 and 2015, I contributed to Telenor Group’s Reach Magazine with articles on how mobile technology is improving financial inclusion and access to healthcare in impoverished communities. Below, you can see content I produced for Foreign Policy magazine and the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.

 Consulting

I help creatives kickstart their freelance businesses with practical, actionable advice. If you want to launch a location-independent freelance lifestyle, let's talk! Sessions are tailored to your specific goals and needs, and I provide feedback on portfolio pieces you can use to land gigs and clients. I've spoken about the business of being a location independent freelancer at events in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and at the Fairfield CoLab in Fairfield, Iowa, and have consulted private clients as well. I'll help you avoid financial panic, maintain your sanity during your early freelancing days, and make the most out of this fantastic lifestyle.

  • “I screened about 200 editors before I came across Casey Hynes and let me tell you, I have never been happier. She is professional, easy to work with, and knows what she is doing.”
    Matt DiConti, author
  • “Working with Casey has been pure joy. Her commitment is to put out a quality body of work that reflects her clients’ ideals, standards and integrity.”
    Yene Assegid, Ph.D, author
  • “I would not have been able to complete my book proposal and find a literary agent without Casey’s meticulous help. I felt that Casey was genuinely interested in my project to make it the best it could be, instead of simply ‘doing a job.’”
    Enoch Li, author
  • “I have gone to many foreign correspondent club socials, picked a few brains over drinks, but in social settings people are naturally reluctant to talk about the finer details of their work life. To have someone provide information [about freelance journalism] for me, and to have the [kind of] support where I could send work to Casey to have it corrected between sessions, was definitely worth the money.”
    Cormac Quinn, freelance journalist
  • “My conversation with Casey helped me understand the fun and creativity that comes with the nature of freelance writing. I learned about the realities of being a freelance writer, that you should be direct and bold in order to receive work opportunities. Our conversation inspired my next move to pursue a career. ”
    Valerie McPhail, freelance journalist
  • “Casey helped me focus on a big transition to freelance editing. She was full of the perspective and experience anyone making a shift in their career path would be served well to hear. Casey was an encouraging and solid voice of reason, and she seemed to genuinely share in the excitement about what is up and coming for me.”
    Megan Holcomb, editor
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