I left my old life behind to start freelancing and travel the world. I started freelancing on Upwork. Doing mainly content writing and copywriting.
It was really hard to get clients. I didn't have permission to use my past in-house copywriting work on my portfolio. Which wasn't a huge deal, because it's not like an entire marketing campaign was my doing. I was a grunt—not a project manager.
I spent more time submitting proposals than actually working. And started out working for sometimes $6/hr just to build a review base.
It was grueling and unsustainable.