To earn enough income to support oneself and, if applicable, one's family.
They are not allowed to prescribe, nor the medical men to dispense, except under special licence, and then only in small villages, where the pharmacist could not make a living.
But life on a farm was not to his liking, and at sixteen he left home and set off to make a living in some other way.
Driven from Strassburg by the authorities, after a short imprisonment in December 1531, he tried to make a living in 1532 as a soapboiler at Esslingen, removing in 1533 for a better market to Ulm, where (October 28, 1 534) he was admitted as a burgess.
After the failure of this attempt he was put to the most pitiful shifts to make a living.
Writing was her first choice, but everyone knew you couldn't make a living writing books.