Finding freelance work

I know this has been posted before but I need help. I registered at a couple freelance websites and most of them use a bidding feature for designers. Anyways, I always get outbid by a bunch of people and its kinda frustrating. Some go as low as $30 on a website design and I’m sure they produce crappy sites. Can anyone share with me their experiences with working freelance. I really need to get a portfolio set up.

edit: just been outbid 3 times and i cussed at my monitor even though it’s not its fault. :angry::cantlook::diss: