Although I would not recommend freelance for everyone, I do think that it can be a viable choice whether you want to make a career out of it or simply want the extra funds. It isn't the easiest of careers and there are many times when it is either feast or famine. There are no coworkers to bother you, no demanding boss but then again there are no coworkers to chat with, and there are demanding editors looking for copy yesterday.
Not only that but there are clients that don't pay, ones that turn out to be scams and a constant search for a new client. Not just any client by the way but one that will pay well, pay on time and have steady work for you. There are also tons of rejection letters and days when you slack off.
So does it sound interesting? Is it something you have dreamed about for years? A career where you can set your own hours and usually they are longer than the average work day with fewer sick days and even fewer holidays.
Still interested. Well, first thing's first, you need a business plan, set some goals and find some really great communities to help you on your way. A great place to start is Freelance Writing Jobs. It not only lists links to job ads but it also has lots of discussion, heads up when they or their readers find scams and a great group of people.
So head over there now and check it out. I am sure you will be welcomed if you are there to learn and succeed at freelancing. http://www.writersrow.com/deborahng/