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If you are interested in marketing yourself around town as a freelance writer, make up business cards with your contact information and distribute them at every event you attend. Post your information up on community bulletin boards and offer to write free stories for your weekly paper or community newsletters. A few published stories, even if you did not get paid, go a long way in beginning a portfolio of your work. These are all good ways to put out feelers and get your feet wet in the freelance industry.