The European Commission does not define “freelancers” in any legislative text. However, the European Commission defines a self-employed person as someone: “pursuing a gainful activity for their own account, under the conditions laid down by national law”. In the exercise of such an activity, the personal element is of special importance and such exercise always involves a large measure of independence in the accomplishment of the professional activities. This definition comes from Directive (2010/41/EU) on the application of the principle of equal treatment between men and women engaged in an activity in a self-employed capacity. 
As I try to finish writing this on Tuesday morning, less than an hour after the news of his death broke, “Lance Russell” has made both the . and worldwide trending lists on Twitter, which he’d probably be kind of amused by. As someone who often joked, “When I started in TV, it was called radio” and wasn’t even exaggerating, this was not something he could have conceived of when he read scripted football game recreations as a 20-something breaking into broadcasting. Hell, as VCRs became viable consumer electronics, he was fascinated by tape traders’ unyielding love of his little local television show, to the point of being shocked by how frequently he was recognized in other parts of the country when he took a job with WCW in 1989. (This period, it should be mentioned, featured some of the funniest work of his career as the host of WCW Pro , where he was the straight man to Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin’s Fabulous Freebirds.)
There are many ways to locate jobs for writers and you might want to try more than one of them. Here is a sampling: become a member of freelance writing sites already established online, only work for professional websites in order to maintain a good reputation, contact large websites in your field of interest and offer them your writing services, search on forums and answer ads for employers seeking freelance writers, search for writing jobs in many subjects depending on your interests. For example, medical, science or technical articles.