Three Rules of Mine:
Do what you said you’d do, do it well, and be honest.
Life is easier when you follow those.
Meet Dan Furman
Thanks for stopping by. I always think a good “about” page can help set a website apart. I don’t trust companies that have a lousy about page.
Ok, you came here to find out about me, so what can I tell you?
I’m a Gen X guy who writes for a living from his North Carolina home, helping companies of all sizes make more money. The rest of this site details what I do, so I’ll talk more personal stuff here.
Let’s start at the beginning… (don’t worry, there won’t be too much kid stuff here).
That’s me, my brother, and my sister. Plus some nice, healthy 1970’s secondhand smoke!
I grew up in upstate NY, about 2 hours north of NYC. And I’ve been a “writer” since I can remember. I can’t explain it, but I was always able to write exceptionally well – it makes sense to me.
My first job was in my father’s iron shop. I ran these machines at 11. By Myself. Really.
Then I became an adult, and forgoing college at the time, entered the workforce.
Until my early 30’s, I had many interesting jobs. Blue collar, white collar, no collar, sales, construction, IT/programming, entrepreneurship – you name it, I did it.
This varied background has served me very well. I was always a go-getter and a fast learner, so I was quickly invited into the inner circle and handed responsibility almost everywhere I landed. This allowed me to see up-close how different industries really worked.
My writing and creative marketing ability was also evident, and put to work everywhere: B2B, B2C, retail, professional service, hospitality, etc.
However… I also get bored quickly – the thought of the same job for 20 years never appealed to me. I also don’t like being micromanaged, so that also factored into the nomadic beginning of my career.
In 2001, I left my last “true job” as an e-commerce programmer for a large manufacturer and started working for myself (I also earned an Associate’s Degree during this time.)
I began my self-employment journey by offering my e-commerce programming services on a young World Wide Web. That quickly morphed into offering writing and marketing – I realized I was very good at engaging people with words, making websites convert, and the whole digital marketing thing.
And 20+ years later, I’m still very good at it. Better in fact – as the web has evolved, so have I.
I work the way I do for a simple reason: I like it. It’s varied, and it suits my lifestyle. I have zero desire to become an agency, to manage people, or become one of those podcasting marketing gurus selling “sales funnel master classes” for $4497. I’d rather just do the front-line work.
Ok, enough career stuff. This is the “meet Dan” page, so let’s do more of that.
A Bit About Me Personally
If you’re an old friend or business associate, feel free to reach out and say hello. Heck, if you’re an old enemy (not that I had many of those), I’d like to hear from you as well.
And to the old micromanaging bosses I butted heads with… well, I hold no ill will. I hope you are enjoying your life, and that your career has worked out half as good as mine has!