Scraping by in the city can be tough. You must word hard and sell enough resources to afford a room each night. I can pay you a little now for clearing some brush in or around the city.
It's best to use a Stone Pickaxe for this task as it will allow you to collect Twine and Sulfur Ore faster. Magic Shards can be collected either by hand (no item equipped), or using your Magic Staff with the drain spell equipped on boulders/trees.