My first freelance work started in quite an unexpected manner. I didn't even know about writing for content sites a month ago, and now I am a Contributing Writer on Suite101 website.
It was a case of - found it, liked it, went for it, got accepted, and now getting comfortable.
It is an interesting process, writing for a website that I have personally used for years. I don't have fixed niche yet, and probably I never will. I enjoy the freedom to be able to write on whatever topic I want.
Just getting started - only 4 articles so far
Goal for 2009 - 51 articles at least