Ah, freelance writing jobs. What do you think when you hear the word freelance? Uncertainty? Success? Freedom? I think it must depend on your own personal definition. As a writer, often most of the work we do is freelance, and when you are starting out it can be incredibly terrifying. There is the uncertainty, fear of the unknown, worrying about how to get more work and how to acquire clients. These are valid concerns, but there are many ways to get over them, and that is usually by getting work.
First to appease any immediate need for funds, there are always the dreaded content mills. They may not be that great, but they are very good in a pinch and if you are the type of person who can churn things out in a short period of time, they can be a lucrative and immediate form of income, as they usually pay weekly or more. And these jobs are also good as practice, as they often force you to write concise copy.
Second if you can wait a bit, you can improve your website by updating your services, or send out more queries in order to get some short term assignments that will boost your income as well.
Lastly, you can always sign up at an agency, as a beginner. This helps because agencies have the contacts you may not have yet acquired and can be an effective method for making connections and establishing business relationships on your own. It is also handy for getting you practice in niches that which you may not be familiar.
Freelance writing jobs may seem hard to come by, but they’re out there. If you are persistent you will be able to bulk up your portfolio, learn how to pitch to clients, and soon enough you’ll be so busy with work, that you’ll have to start turning jobs down.