Hehehehe...I am inspired to write a hub about this, but since I'm creating a video clip on the very same subject next week for my training program launch, I'll leave it at the short answer for now. When I started, I first searched through all of the major freelance marketplaces until I found one with a fee structure I liked (cheap enough for me, but expensive enough to make people think before bidding). I then wrote all of the free proposals I could (three at the time), and waited. I was awarded one, a $75 project. Then I decided that I would take that $75, get a paid subscription, and work my butt off -- and if I hit the end of the $75 and hadn't made any more money, I would quit. I would continue in my dead-end job stocking dog food at Wal-Mart and not complain. Thankfully, that $75 turned into $1,000 the same month, and I was off. Though I spent 80-hour weeks for the first couple of months, I slowly gained momentum. It's almost seven years later (five of them full-time), I'm still at it and still loving it. Now I keep two of my best recurring clients, I haven't written a proposal on a freelance marketplace in a year and a half, and I'm in the midst of launching my own product. The detailed process on how I got there would take a LOT more time to explain, but it started on the freelance marketplaces.