One of my biggest pains getting started as freelancer was finding those first clients that trusted me when my portfolio was still small. There's this weird experience gap when you're first starting out when no one will hire you because you don't have enough experience, and you can't get experience because no one will hire you.
I'm working with a team of other former/current freelancers to solve this problem for freelancers by creating a website called Vendeve (http://vendeve.com): a female focused, online skills marketplace. On Vendeve women can buy, sell, and also swap their skills to help them get started with their business. We've just launched out beta version and I'd love get some feedback from you ladies!
To keep the community safe, Vendeve is invite-only but I'd be happy to share an invite code / answer any questions if you're interested in joining up :)