I feel many might share in this, but the freelance writing work gives me some pretty dismal prospects.

How on earth do you find work? Any site with listings are insanely competitive, with hundreds of people applying for one crummy opportunity. Any site I read has people arguing over what the proper way forward is - what sites to use and avoid, how to get started, what to look out for and hide from, all sorts of things.

I've felt myself pretty qualified (college degree, working at a writing center, previous published work, etc.) but alas - nothing.

Does anyone else share in this frustration, or have any advice? It seems impossible to make any sort of semi-decent income in a system like this.