Over the course of a Cycle, your character works at a job (or not) to earn money. However, you can not simply say they 'work there'. A job and income must be arranged with the Prophet in charge of the city (or through the Narrator Support Forum if there is no Minstrel in your city or Versifier in your Region. Once approved, it is added to your Player Notes thread. At the end of the Cycle, before you update your ledger with your earnings, you must have your wages approved.
To simplify it, this is the process you must go through:
1. Come up with a plausible job
This is usually based on your character's skills or history. Check the Jobs List (link pending) for the wages for each kind of job, and the skills needed. Feel free to PM a Prophet if you're having trouble with this.
2. PM your local Prophet with the information and proposal
Together, you can work out your income, based on the job and your skills, including any skill bonuses if applicable. A Poet cannot approve jobs and Minstrels/Versifiers my only approve those for players in their cities/regions respectively.
3. Write two job threads
Over the course of the Cycle, you need to write two threads where your character works at their job. They can be solos or group threads, but are required to be over 3,000 words long each. The more details you add, the more experience you gain! The two threads for the Cycle work out nicely as one in each Season. They do not have to be timestamped as such: you can write both in the same season if you wish and still earn all the money. If you only write one thread, you are only paid for one season (half wages).
4. Send in your wages request
At the end of the Cycle, the Prophet will usually announce that it's time to send in wages requests. Normally a template will be put up as well, so keep an eye out for that. Fill out the template with your job, wages calculation, and job threads, and reply to that same wages request thread.
5. Add wages and deduct living expenses!
Once your wages have been approved and added to your Player Notes thread, you can add them to your ledger. You will also need to deduct living expenses for the season: you can find more information on that below.