You can no longer work in the book industry: what do you do to earn a living?
This is the stuff that dreams are made on, as Shakespeare wrote, (and was misquoted in The Maltese Falcon as “made of” and so nearly everyone says it that way, but I digress.)
I think only the Fox who asked this is actually paying the bills in the industry, but who wouldn’t like to?
I have not been working steadily for a some time due to health complications and family necessities. Now that my time is freer it’s much more the health concerns, but I did like working regularly. Most of the jobs which I have had gave me a feeling of accomplishment, and I always learned something…and the money was absolutely necessary most of the time.
(No one understands how little I have learned to get by on.)
If you have been reading here at all, you know that I owned a bakery/restaurant. I also worked at it before I took it over, (as we also discussed in ‘opening businesses’). I also did personal cheffing, which is a lot easier and more lucrative. I had also been asked by a local restaurant to go in and make desserts for them, so, all else aside, I could cook and/or bake. I cooked at a store deli where I added to the menu.(They were upset when I left.) I also worked doing general and specialty diets foods at an upscale assisted living center.
Need a part time cook? Need special diets attended to? I could easily go back to personal cheffing, health allowing.
Food, I can do.
I can also sell, if need be. We discussed ‘first jobs’ here, where I was supposed to go in to help the floor manager, (‘jane of all trades’), of a store but ended up arranging, stocking and selling. I knew watches, but those where when you wound them and ‘they took a licking and kept on ticking’ Timexes. I can fix a lamp harp to fit the lampshade you want to the lamp that you love. I can help with the choice of upscale children’s wear, quality and fitting. I the proper serving pieces that you may need and their capacities. I know quality craft items, a bit about sewing, so there is that, as well. I worked with many artist and so learned the subtleties of choosing the right frame size and colors hidden within wood to enhance a painting, so I could work as a framer.
I was a cashier, too, when needed.
For years I did some bookkeeping for a couple of businesses. I would not want to go back to it, but I could keep abreast of accounts in a bookstore/café which I would love to have, which we spoke about recently in the topic: “Would you like to open a business?”
Although looking at some of my house, you may not know it, but I did work as a housekeeper for a while. I did it for someone I knew who needed trusted help and also knew that I needed a job. I helped her clean and organize the large house which she was just finishing renovating. I worked with her carpenters, painters, tiler, handymen and delivery people. After the house was arranged and the renovations finished, I moved on to being her Personal Assistant. I chauffeured her son, I ran errands, did pick-ups and deliveries. I arranged a party for her. I worked with her decorator, who loved the smell of the meals I was preparing as a personal chef for the friend, as well as my work at the house; I could find work through her, if I were up to that.
Would I rather glue myself to my chair and crank out all the stories in my head, though?