nDash.com is a content creation platform that provides brands and agencies with access to the world's top freelance writers.
I’m a seasoned copywriter and editor, experienced in finding fresh angles on technology and how it shapes modern life.
My personal history brings flavor and personality to my writing. I’ve traveled a lot, worked in senior management and have years of experience working with disadvantaged communities in third world countries. I’m also a huge geek.
This puts me in a good position to tell compelling stories about technology, the future, and why readers should care.
Most freelancers learn pretty early on that good branding wins gigs. First impressions count, particularly when you’re a lone writer for hire and constantly on the lookout for fresh opportunities. But success as a freelancer isn’t just about the adrenaline rush of winning new work. It’s also about nurturing existing client relationships.
Management Consulting: According to a recent PayScale survey of over 160,000 employees, only about 30% of people who choose not to ask for a raise experience a salary increase. By contrast, of those who do ask for a raise, just over 70% are successful. The bottom line is, to earn more money, you’ll probably have to ask for it!
Ever had a moment in your life when someone offered a wholly unexpected and “out of the box” approach to solving a problem? The latest example for me happened just last week, when through a series of catastrophic yet completely understandable miscalculations, I locked myself out of my garage. After a few too many pitiful minutes pacing up and down my driveway wondering why bad things happened to good people, I decided to seize my own destiny. I set about inventing a brilliant tool for reaching
Marketing & Advertising: My cat is easily the most “together” person I’ve ever met. She’s always well-groomed. She’s rarely late. She’s religious about getting twelve hours of sleep every night, yet manages to maintain a peak level of fitness. Her persuasion skills are the stuff of legend. She’s also an expert in networking, forging lasting friendships while actively pursuing clearly defined life goals (bug-eating, mainly).
Most employees appreciate the importance of balancing their professional obligations against the time they need to enjoy life outside the office. But work-life balance is more than just a buzzword. According to the American Institute of Stress, nearly 80% of US professionals report feeling stressed by their work. Studies on family conflict show that added work pressure exerts a significant negative influence on happiness at home, and poor work-life balance correlates to chronic health condition
Management Consulting: Whether you love them, hate them (or regard them with complete indifference), holiday celebrations are an undeniable reality of many company cultures. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — when the silly season hits, work life can seem like a relentless parade of tinsel, paper plates and sensibly casual slacks.
Marketing & Advertising: Everyone is different. This is hardly a controversial or revolutionary observation. Unless you happen to live on some island somewhere conveniently populated with genetic clones of yourself, sooner or later you’re going to stumble across someone with different opinions. However, somehow the simple fact of difference seems to cause a lot of disturbance in this mixed up world of ours. Different opinions and perspectives are disruptive. They’re destabilizing.
Human Resources & Management Consulting: Job hunting is something almost all of us will do at some stage in our adult lives. In fact, according to recent Gallup research, roughly half the working-age people reading this article right now are actively looking for a new job.
Consumer Electronics: Going out for a night on the town is cool. Well, it can be. Is it just me or can it also be kind of hard work? I mean, it’s all well and dandy to put your fancy shoes on and head out into the big city, but without a plan of attack you could well end up sitting in Taco Bell at 9 pm with nothing more to show for your efforts than a tray of bean burritos and a heart filled with disappointment.
Entertainment: I can’t tell you exactly why, but I’ve always found there’s something compelling and hypnotic about hunting for that hidden gem of an indie film. Unfettered by big studio money and unconstrained by the claustrophobic restrictions of “what sells,” indie films are inherently hit or miss.
Marketing & Advertising: Years ago, I owned a vacuum cleaner. To be clear, I didn’t buy it. Nor do I have any recollection of someone giving it to me. One day I looked in my closet and simply discovered it nonchalantly resting against a wall. It seemed rude to question its right to be there.
Entertainment: Oceans may be great for keeping a vast global buffet of seafood nice and tasty fresh, but when it comes to getting from A to B, they leave a lot to be desired. Oceans are big, drowny, and not all that cooperative when it comes to easily recognized landmarks. Nevertheless, human history is full of stories of how we've opted to spurn the safe crunchiness of our natural habitat in favor of sloshy adventures on the high seas.
Entertainment: It's easy to remember TV shows of the '00s as a relentless rainbow of upbeat, primary-colored tales about people being there for one another, especially when the rain starts to pour. However, that televisual happy-scape of yesteryear (okay, less than 20 years ago) was actually speckled through with its fair share of dark 'n' dreary moments.
Consumer Electronics: Gadgets get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to Valentine’s Day, and we at Nerds HQ think this is kind of a shame! Sure, your obligatory dozen red roses is a classic. And yes, there’s something to be said for the simple romantic gestures — like a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti with a mariachi band — who among us hasn’t enjoyed that?
Developing landing pages, marketing material and longform articles, mainly focusing on the construction industry.
Company: Websmith Media
I worked there from 6/2018 until now
Produce a wide range of content, both customer facing and B2B. Writing mainly for a technologically savvy audience.
Company: Squirrel Digital Media
I worked there from 1/2018 until now
Write and edit longform content for blue chip companies. On-point brand raising copy in niche sectors, ranging from legal and financial to automotive and emergent tech.
I worked there from 1/2017 until 5/2019
Developing SEO copy, mainly focusing on emergent tech and biotechnology startups
Company: Writer / content developer
I worked there from 6/2017 until 12/2018
Developing speculative articles for a neurotechnology startup. The role required that I find imaginative ways to tell stories about the company's product.
Company: Brand Building / Content Strategy
I worked there from 1/2018 until 8/2018
Range of consultancies provided to develop policy materials in developing countries
Company: Self Employed
I worked there from 1/2013 until 12/2016
Working with remote communities to develop public health strategies. The role required cross cultural awareness, and coordinating technical writing across diverse teams.
Company: World Health Organization
I worked there from 1/2011 until 12/2013
Mark is a pleasure to work with and jumps completely in when attacking and assignment. It is refreshing to see his level of enthusiasm in accomplishing the mission beyond expectations.
Tony Shannon, RiseFuel
In the world of B2B freelance writing, it's rare to find someone who takes risks and infuses personality into their work, while still adhering to the client's requirements. Mark is one of these people, and checks off every box in terms of what brands look for in a writer. If you're aiming to build awareness with storytelling (not sales pitches) then I'd strongly recommend working with Mark. I wish we'd found him sooner!
Michael Brown, nDash
Mark has the rare talent of making the writing informative and authoritative but still approachable—and even funny! It's so refreshing to work with someone who can break out of the dry, academic tone to create content that connects with the reader emotionally. Mark is a compelling storyteller, and I'm happy to work with him. He is also extremely thoughtful and easy to work with—assignments are submitted on time and he's very responsive if anything comes up.
Rachel Lake, Ivy Exec
Mark approached me about editing and improving the language on our website. He is super passionate about doing an amazing job and making a difference, and really did exactly what he promised. Really looking forward to working with Mark again.
Mark is a rare breed of writer. He's exceptionally talented and can write in many different styles. He's also 100% reliable. We can always count on him to deliver exactly what we need, when we need it. But what sets Mark apart the most... is his extreme honesty. We've never worked with a writer who is so straight up about how long the work took to complete and how much we owe him. On several occasions he's even told us to pay him LESS because the article took less time. Highly recommended.
Simon Smith, Websmith Inc.
I honestly don't know what I would have done if I had not found Mark. My clients who often want an original piece of copy for their blogs, articles, whitepapers, etc. I need to be able to delegate that writing to an expert who knows how to write quickly, clearly, professionally with a light "voice". Mark has always met and EXCEEDED my expectations and needs. I will always reach out to Mark when I need an excellently researched and written piece of copy. Thank you for making me look good!
Faye Kimmel, Faye Kimmel Consulting