I've been writing since 2006 but I'm about done with chasing pennies. This is what the majority of job postings look like on all the forums I check on a daily basis: (I know these are just two small examples but the market is literally plagued with crap like this).
Then on content mills, the majority of job postings look like this: (I believe the pay for this one was $4.90 for a 400 word article).
Then you have a lack of client communication with those that you do find. They usually take days to respond to inquiries or e-mails. There's also a lack of people willing to pay any kind of fee upfront because of how easy it is to win those chargebacks.
The next biggest problem I run into is what I like to call the chase. When it comes time for payment or when people want work done, I have to chase them down over a week usually just to get a hold of them or get anything out of them. It's just ridiculous.
I see so many claims around here that people constantly find well paying and consistent jobs from clients on here. Well, bravo to those people but I'm starting to think they're all made up.
Then you have the Copywriting section of the forum. You don't usually find anything useful there, it's just people hyping up other people's MUST HAVE products on how to write better Copy. Not to mention it's just a festival of people bragging about how much they make via writing Copy all day and how it's some "art" that takes years to learn.
The reality of writing for new people: Don't rely on it to live. You will go broke, you will starve, you will be late on rent/bills and you will be constantly frustrated with slow-responding clients who seem to take forever to chase down. Not only that, but finding those decent paying clients is a hassle and nightmare on it's own because everyone thinks they can build some award winning franchise off of $1 writers.
Good luck to everyone else though, I said one month ago I was going to work hard, slam hard and get a multitude of clients and one month later, I'm at $-37 with no rent money. To those who say they get high paying jobs all the time from this very forum, you're obviously a wizard with tricks I didn't know about.
Maybe i'll be back in another field. Maybe i'll be yet another one of those product marketers selling some magical $7 product that solves all your problems in a given field. Who knows, but thanks for all of those who actually did help with real and sincere advice over time.