Sorry for the awkward tone this thread will have.
I resigned my retail job about 3-4 months ago and luckily don’t have to keep working at the moment. I still feel the need to work on something to help at home, but din’t wanted to go back to retail and rather start up on something technology related. Upon going to a job interview for an internship I was indirectly rejected. I decided to try finding something online. I’m surfing through a website for freelancers called Elance and I’m not sure if I should keep looking for projects which seem to have some requirements I don’t meet but would be sort of a challenge. I’ve already done a similar threat in which TheWingedPanther gave me some advice of doing freelance work or working in open source projects.
Now I'm a little disoriented on what I should do/ try. I've heard about one or two "horror" stories about people who don't get paid even though they got their jobs done right freelancing. But to me this seems as a way to get a small sum of money and also experience for future jobs. Thing is browsing through projects I see many different skills and I don't know what to focus on to start. If any of you have helped me with my post before you know I was/am learning java, html, and css with other minor stuff on the side. But I have noticed that due to me trying to learn so many different skills I have not reached a level with professional expertise, at least to get an entry position.
Whenever I'm trying to advance I see myself going back and forth between java and web development and I'm confused as to what I should do to move forward. Any advice?
I believe a big percentage of this situation is me not focusing on polishing a certain skill.