Right livelihood involves making money by working, earning dollars, pounds, euros, pesos. To buy food and pay rent you need money. This is not a cruel imposition on us. It is a natural situation. We need not be embarrassed by dealing with money nor resent having to work. The more energy you put out, the more you get in. Earning money involves you in so many related situations that it permeates your whole life. Avoiding work usually is related to avoiding other aspects of life as well.
Condensed from "The Eightfold Path," in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, page 122 in the Shambhala Library edition.