The challenge these days with "freelancing" are the 3rd party set ups that want to milk the freelancer dry by charging them ridiculously high fees to get access to work. There should be a law against this. There are FREE ways to find clients and I am so glad I figured this out back in 2008 when I got laid off for the 3rd time in my 50's. It is about "experimenting" to see what works for you as an individual. These 3rd party set ups also want you to sign up for their "payment system" - giving out too much personal information. Some set ups are just ways to get at your identity - so buyer beware. It is best to find your own clients and have them pay through PayPal if they are too far away to collect payments from. http://rockportinstitute.com/
I am a local barber. Also, I do repairs - replacing/repairing sheetrock and /or drywall walls, painting. And also, some wood work as of cabinet making and/or table making, shelf making, etc., etc. Am jack of a few trades and perform them quite well. No complaints as of yet and I have a few years into this. Feel free to request a service of me and I'll be anxious to be helpful to you.
Freelancing is the amazing opportunity for anyone trying to become independent. With this amount of jobs just on the Elance, everybody can find something that best suits his or her skills. Either you like to write, or draw sketches - freelancing offers you the single, most valuable feature these days - option of organizing your own working schedule. Choose your projects as it best suits your time and then make the best of it. You can start the project in the morning, make a break, and then continue later that day. No more worrying if you're gonna be late to work or do you have time to reach certain place while on the break - break is when you decide to take one!
Working from home sounds wonderful, until it is the only option. Eventually you'll miss office comradery, going out to lunch with coworkers and the like. I hate it.
Become a World Wide Courier. A great job if you love to travel. All expenses paid and you never know where your next job will bring you.