I finally went ahead and joined Freelance Home Writers. It costs 2.95, but then they try to get you to buy several other products which cost much, much more. And, by the way, you will be billed over $49.00 each month, which is in the fine print somewhere.
Most of what they give you is several pages of encouragement ("yes, even you can do this!"), followed by an outline of your 7th grade English class (What is an introduction? What is a conclusion? etc.). After that you get a lesson or two on how to dumb down your writing to include key words, and how to use excessive superlatives to sell products online.
The most useless part was about how to get started becoming a freelance writer. The author shows you his resume as an experienced online author, and gives you examples of how several other experienced writers put together their resumes. They neglect to tell you exactly how to put together a resume if you are just getting started.
Finally, there are the freelance job listings. These seem to be real. One problem with this area is that you then have to join the organizations from whom Freelance has gotten these jobs if you want to find out more about the job or bid on it. Freelance recommends that you pay to become a "full" member of these organizations (as you can see, the cost to you is mounting very quickly). In addition, most of these jobs are no longer accepting bids. And, those that are have already been bid upon by a large number of writers who claim years and years of experience and many published articles, ebooks, and other material. How you, as a neophyte in the business, are supposed to get hired is left to your imagination.
Oh, I shouldn't leave out the testimonials. I admit that I was too bored to read all of them, but the ones that I did read were revealing. None of them had gotten started using this website! They had all gotten started the old-fashioned way, by luck or by knowing someone who hired them. I should also say that at least one of them included so many grammatical errors as to be laughable.
That reminds me! The online tutorial for this entire site is littered with typographical and grammatical errors! Some are so glaring that I burst out laughing at myself for getting suckered into this!
So, if you are in desperate need of a good laugh, go ahead and join FreelanceHomeWriters.com. Otherwise, you may want to think twice.