While freelance writing may be difficult on the pocketbook, it is rather easy to find writing gigs. For instance, I find Craig’s List a good (or great) place to find writing gigs. The site is easy to maneuver around, making it user friendly. Sure, some of the writing gigs do not work out. And, some want something for nothing (a common occurence for writing on the Internet).
However, there are some good gigs out there. Be sure you search under the jobs section for writing. These are supposed to provide compensation. If they do not, simply flag them. They are incorrectly posted. If you cannot find writing gigs in your hometown area, search under other city and country names. There is bound to be something you can respond to.