I've seen too many writers land a “dream client,” start working without a freelance contract in place, and then have the whole thing fall apart. Never, ever start your freelance writing work without some kind of agreement in writing. With some clients, this will eventually become a simple email, but only after a long and mutually respectful working relationship is formed! Another role is to simply do it for fun or to build up a broader portfolio of skills. In this article, you'll get the basics on what it takes to ease your way into freelance writing as a career or hobby. Hundreds of thousands of writing opportunities exist. Making the most of them is where the art of the freelancer really comes into play.