Since my only income is freelancing right now, and because I'm concentrating on book length projects, it can get a little tight around the time to pay rent.
I have a landscape designer friend who saw me working on Julie's carriage house courtyard several weeks ago, and she said offhand, "I'm going to hire you!"
I thought she was just being nice, but in the last two weeks she's called me for two jobs. The pay is good but the work is hard, especially when you're digging in Virginia clay.
She called me last Sunday morning to finish something that had gotten abandoned [lots of hardened, wet clay that was like digging in a field of cannonballs].
When she asked me if I could get to it, I said yes — even though it knocked me off one of my project schedules. The rent had to get paid.
I get a lot of satisfaction from the landscape work — and even more satisfaction from knowing I am doing whatever it takes to remain a full-time writer.