I often wonder what would I do if I lived in 1918 in St Petersburg where my novel, Russian Treasures, is set. The civil war broke out, and if you went to market you find nothing but drums, banners, and other stuff stolen from the military warehouses.
What on earth would a person like me live on?
I believe lipstick making would generate a secure cash flow. Most women can do without anything but a lipstick.
Any other creative ideas?