So you've just joined Cairnia and you are quite poor. How do you go about turning that pocket lint into $pixels? There are quite a few ways.
While not the most thrilling job in the world, dirt mining is a good way to turn a common material into dough. Not only will you get dirt, you will increase your excacation skill.
Similar to dirt farming, reed farming will net you a decent amount of gold in a short period of time.
Turning Materials into $$$
Once you've gathered a nice stash of goods, head to the global market to sell them! One trip will easily net you a fair share of $pixels.