Should i go sign up on freelance.com, Odesk and sites like that to quickly get clients ? How many sample articles should you write to have for portfolio ? I am so serious about this that "if" i have to write for cheap pay to get clients quickly then so be it (I'm from the U.S. so i would like to get more cash for articles but I'm willing to make sacrifice to meet my goals). I have plenty of time on my hands and have nothing to lose.
Edit - What's a better route to go when building reputation in the freelance writing world instead of writing for super cheap? Are there any sites that's similar to Odesk, freelance.com and such but has higher paying clients?