It happens almost every day. Someone asks me if I work. I've always hated the question, but it's a natural one in our society to help others learn more about us, hopefully. The reason I hate the question so much is because whatever I may be doing to make money at any given time isn't going to give the asker much info. on who i really am! Another reason I hate the question is because, all I ever do is work regardless of whether or not I am making any money!
Just assume that I AM WORKING! If I respond, "well, I'm unemployed" I'd strongly prefer that you NOT unleash a barrage of advice! Chances are you haven't thought of anything that I haven't already tried! But thanks anyway!