My name’s Dan! I’m a freelance writer, on-and-off digital nomad, Buddhist, and green tea addict (loose leaf, of course). I also have a little side hustle, a blog called Urban Turnip.

That’s me in Nepal in front of the Annapurna mountain range.

I started Freelance Happy to help freelancers like you build lucrative and rewarding careers. You’ll learn how to:

  • Command higher rates and charge what you’re worth.
  • Develop your freelance business skills (pitching, personal branding, portfolio-building, market research, etc.).
  • Stay healthy and mentally well while working from home.
  • Travel and work at the same time (live as a digital nomad).
  • Build a lucrative side hustle(s).
  • Cultivate motivation, meaning and happiness as a freelancer.
  • Take advantage of new freelancer marketplaces and opportunities.

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A Little Bit More About Me

So who am I?

I was born in 1991 and grew up in Friezland, a small village on the border of the Peak District National Park (I walked the whole length of the Pennine Way, a 268 mile trail that passes through the park, a few years ago).

A snap from part of the village where I grew up, with the start of the Peak District in the background.

I studied philosophy in London and had a few odd jobs, including a stint at the Gunner’s Pub in Arsenal, before kicking off my freelance career.

I’ve been freelancing for nearly all of my working life. I tend to write about marketing, with an emphasis on eCommerce and SaaS. Past clients include the EU Business School, PandaDoc, Website Builder Expert, Growcode (the world’s first dedicated eCommerce optimization blog), and others.

Before settling down in Manchester, where I live now, I traveled pretty much non-stop for three years.

I had a great time living as a digital nomad. I travelled to Thailand, the Philippines, Bali, Nepal, India, and a handful of other coutnries.

The view from my balcony in Anilao, Philippines (now I’m in rainy Manchester).

Eventually, I started longing to stay put. Balancing work with non-stop travel was becoming emotionally and mentally cumbersome. And I missed home comforts – nice green tea (which is surprisingly hard to get in most of Asia), a big bookshelf, a washing machine…all the usual stuff.

I still travel. I love having the freedom to pick up a backpack and just take off with a ticket booked a few days before. But I love my routine, too.

And that’s me in a nutshell. If you’re ever passing through Manchester, drop me a line. The coffee’s on me.

Get in Touch!

I’d love to hear from you. I know everybody says that but I really love connecting with readers.

Contact me at [email protected]