• Announcements

    • Xiola Linden

      The New Community Platform   03/21/2017

      We are still working on making adjustments and changes to the new platform. Thanks  to everyone who has been sending in feedback and filing any bugs you've encountered! 
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
BlackShards

Can You Make Money?

29 posts in this topic

I've just recently joined this world in hopes of making real money. One of my friends says he makes a decent living off of this and said I should join. So I was wondering if its actually possible to make money, and if so how often do people actually make money? One more random question I had was are there a lot of people that play second life?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


BlackShards wrote:

I've just recently joined this world in hopes of making real money. One of my friends says he makes a decent living off of this and said I should join. So I was wondering if its actually possible to make money, and if so how often do people actually make money? One more random question I had was are there a lot of people that play second life?

 

 Do you share skill sets?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you used to be able to make very good money in SL. you need to make something, womens clothes and shoes are the biggest money makers, you can have a band and play live music, you can build things and sell them...these however require a high set of 3D graphics skills. female strippers used to make very big money ( one told me she was making $100,000 a year) and all you need to do is have a female avatar with all the best accessories ( including skin and animations)....however, I am not too sure with all the new rules, as I thought LL had tried to stop people taking money out of SL. I may be wrong but you better research it. good luck and follow your dreams, you might not become a millionaire but you could be happy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


BlackShards wrote:

So I was wondering if its actually possible to make money, and if so how often do people actually make money?

Making money is SL is easy. Making a lot of money in SL is just like doing it in RL. Hard work and perseverance. SL isn't a get rich quick scheme.

I would guess that people make money every second of every day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why would you want to?

Awe . . . could make more money in an hour as a burger-flipper than 99.99% of SL avatars make in a year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Awe Thor wrote:

Why would you want to?

A penny saved is a penny earned.

 


Awe Thor wrote:

Awe . . . could make more money in an hour as a burger-flipper than 99.99% of SL avatars make in a year.

 

Shock... Why would you want to? :matte-motes-wink-tongue:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How does your friend make money? That should give you an idea....

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Suspiria Finucane wrote:

A penny saved is a penny earned.


No it isn't.

Awe . . . is appalled at the ignorance of the difference between savings and earnings in a capitalist economy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Suspiria Finucane wrote:


Awe Thor wrote:

Awe . . . could make more money in an hour as a burger-flipper than 99.99% of SL avatars make in a year.

Shock... Why would you want to? :matte-motes-wink-tongue:

I wouldn't and don't need to.

Awe . . . but we aren't talking about me, or have you failed to grasp that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes you can make decent RL money from SL But only very few people manage to make enough to be an actual livelihood, and such a livelihood is a bit precarious because things change and profits can dwindle.

I only know of one field in which decent RL money can be made without the need of acquiring some good skills, and that's land. Everything else requires sufficient skills to compete with people who have been refining their own skills for years.

Buying and selling land used to be quite profitable but the cost of land is so cheap now that I don't that's a particularly good market to be in any more. The way to make decent money from land is renting it out, either as just land,  or as renting homes out on the land. The first of those only requires a bit of quickly acquired knowledge. The second needs more but it's acquired much quicker and easier than gaining the skills to create knockout clothes that can compete in the market, for instance. Even then, it would be necessary to own and rent out a large amount of land to make anything worthwhile out of it. A person could experiment with it to see how far it could go; e.g. buy a small piece of land, rent it out, with the rent, buy another small piece and rent that out too, and so on, to see how big it could become for only the small outlay at the start.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


BlackShards wrote:

I've just recently joined this world in hopes of making real money. One of my friends says he makes a decent living off of this and said I should join. So I was wondering if its actually possible to make money, and if so how often do people actually make money? One more random question I had was are there a lot of people that play second life?

This has been discussed many times...try these for additional information.

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/General-Discussion-Forum/Money-making/m-p/1788239/highlight/true#M88711

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/General-Discussion-Forum/Making-money/m-p/1298909/highlight/true#M43577

 

And yes,  a lot of people play SL. According to an interview with the LL CEO 400,000 people sign up each month. There was a great interview with the CEO and the transcript that you can see here

http://joyardley.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/the-rod-humble-interview/

Good luck.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

400,000 people sign up each month

 

Yes, they do ... and that's all they do: signing up. Then they realize some things they don't particularly like, like having to download and install a viewer, facing a steep learning curve just in order to avoid running into walls, buying a powerful computer to have the whole setup running, needing to have some social skills, learning all the time ... blahblah. So they sign up and are never to be seen again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all of the replies. I hope to make an impact and hopefully some real money :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would tap into the experiences of your friend first.  To really live off of money (yes, you can still 'cash out') you need to create or offer up something that will appeal to a lot of avatars.  If you end up making something, make it the best something you can.  You may need to invest money up front in order to purchase software to learn some skills.

Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DJs in SL make fairly good money depending on the club the work. MOst DJs Dj for many clubs. I have been working in SL for a year and 4 months. I save my money and don't spend on much. So invest wisley and save you can make real money in SL 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


BlackShards wrote:

I've just recently joined this world in hopes of making real money. One of my friends says he makes a decent living off of this and said I should join. So I was wondering if its actually possible to make money, and if so how often do people actually make money? One more random question I had was are there a lot of people that play second life?

Ah, a refreshing "Back to the Future" question - takes me back to the the type of questions regurlarly asked on the forums when I first began SL. 

During the halcyion years of the first wave of land barons, merchants, and others making money in SL coupled with Anshe Chung being touted as the first SL resident to become a millionaire complete with a cover story on Business Week  some new people joining SL would post: "Ok, I'm here, how do I make big money?" or words to that effect.

Fast-forward to 2012ish when LL acquired a new CEO, Rodvik Linden (Rod Humble) who, imo, is steering SL toward more of a "game" angle rather than a virtual world along with the association of SL with Steam and now the question became, "Ok, I can't figure out how to play this game."

If you are sincerely interested in making money in SL, I would highly recommend the resources provided within this thread and at least do some reading in the merchant and land sub-fora, depending on your interests, as this will be where many people post who have experience and knowledge in this area.

Good luck to you. :)

Edit: Typo

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Christin73 wrote:

DJs in SL make fairly good money depending on the club the work. MOst DJs Dj for many clubs. I have been working in SL for a year and 4 months. I save my money and don't spend on much. So invest wisley and save you can make real money in SL 

Are you a DJ?  I have been DJ'ing in SL since 2007.  Some months I worked several clubs.  For the past few years, I have worked for one club.  I doubt that any DJ in SL survives in RL on the L$ they make inworld.  There are some DJs who also DJ in RL.  They would be the first to say that they would never give up their RL gigs to 'survive' on what they make inworld.  Most clubs do not pay DJs.  We are paid in tips, and many times the club takes a cut of those.

I DJ for the lols.  Period.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One Advice: Don't make SL your sole source of income. Always expect things to go pear shaped.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is exactly what I was thinking.  You got a friend already making "real" dollars why not sit down with that person and get some insight into this game in regards to making "real" dollars.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Read this thread that you posted in.  It will answer your questions.  There is no video that I know of.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Julieannasupreme wrote:

How does it work can i make money is there a youtube video i can watch

 

It's no good asking Awe, he's long gone - made a couple of million out of a few screenplays based on SL-inspired ideas, and retired from the game.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Julieannasupreme wrote:

How does it work can i make money is there a youtube video i can watch

 

No, you won't be able to make any money. In fact you will likely bankrupt yourself paying for pretend clothes that do not really exist.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0