As an employee of a company, you’ll often turn up for work and then wait to be told what to do.
That’s the nature of being an employee. You have supervisors and managers who draw up lists of what needs to be done, and then you get allocated items from that list.
I have worked with dozens of “newbie freelancers” who find it hard to shake off the habit of waiting.
They put up their website, do some promotion…and then they wait. They wait for someone to call them and offer them work.
Or they wait for a response to a bulk email they have sent out to dozens of prospective clients.
Or they make fifty cold calls, waiting for someone to say yes.
Always waiting…and acting as if they were still in that comfy cubicle.
Can you make a living as a freelancer by putting yourself out there and waiting? Possibly. But I wouldn’t recommend it.