So let's talk about freelance writing. When you first start out, you want to have a portfolio to show off to clients. So how do you acquire this magnificant spread? There are a few methods:
1) Collect ANYTHING that you've written recently, clean it up a bit, and present it to some people.
2) Offer to write free articles for your school, church, cummunity youth group, whatever.
3) Start a blog and use the articles as your portfolio.