I know that you are concerned about money and of your social standing, and of what other people think---about you, about your situation. It is difficult, given our backgrounds, not to worry about these things.
We were raised to focus on such things because let's face it, folks in a blue-collar town hardly have the luxury of considering where to spend a summer vacation, or which countries they'll visit in Europe when they take take their annual, month-long holiday (without the kids).
You need an income. Agreed.
Let's figure out what you might be able to do. Any ideas? Or shall I just start tossing out occupations that come to mind?
Bear this in mind:
Margaret Atwood says, "You can have money on your own; you can marry money; you can attract a patron...you can have a day job; or you can sell to the market."