Apart from being a good writer who has good grasp of the English grammar rules and stipulations, you know that it is pretty hard for a new writer to easily get jobs from employers especially when the site is a bidding type that has so many old writers with amazing reviews. When I started as a freelance writer, it wasn't easy and what made it worse was my color but aside being black, there were no previous jobs or samples to show potential employers so, I was stranded. Then an idea struck me....create a blog and start writing. Wow, that was it! I created a free blogspot and started writing. The good news is it yielded positive results. There was no employer that checked my blog that won't come back hiring me except those in technical niches. If you are planning on trying out freelance writing jobs, you may consider creating a blog with engaging contents you can easily refer your potential employer to. Good luck!