Second Life Money
In the Second Life economy, Second Life money is based on the Linden Dollar, the second life currency. Users will quickly discover that having some Linden bucks makes their time in Second Life more pleasurable. This should come as no surprise as Second Life is a virtual world-what you need in real life you need in Second Life.
There are many different ways to acquire S.L. money. Getting a job, buying and selling land, and opening a business are only a few of the many methods Second Lifers have used to create the vibrant and lively Second Life economy. Whether you have special skills or not, you always have possibilities to get some Lindens (L$) and improve your virtual world experience.
A Trade Off
The easiest and most basic way to acquire second Life money is to use real money to purchase Linden dollars. The Second Life web site has an exchange module for registered users that walks you the process of exchanging your cash for Linden dollars or vice versa. Registered users can also buy and sell linden dollars from the internet and many in-world locations.
To make the exchange Second Lifers stop by the Lindex Currency Exchange and trade US$ for L$, (Linden Dollars). The exchange rate fluctuates but $5 will buy you approximately $1250 Linden dollars.
Get a Job!
If you want to earn money in your real life you get a job. The same is true for Second Life money. There are many job opportunities in the Second Life virtual world. Second Life hosts a forum for registered users that lists available jobs. These want ads are the best place to look for a career in Second Life. You can also look for jobs in the classifieds section which is however mainly used to advertise the virtual shops and businesses.
Jobs in Second Life are only limited by a user’s creativity. Shop owners, security guards, models, dancers, DJ’s, event planners and club managers are a few of the more “ordinary” jobs in Second Life.
Fortunately, Second Life never states that you have to be ordinary. Use your creativity to fill a needed niche in the Second Life virtual world and you may soon be making Second Life money. Do you enjoy playing music? You can perform at a nightclub. If you love to design clothes you can sketch clothing designs and open your own design studio. If you are skilled with the Second Life building module and/or the scripting language you can earn big money developing virtual spaces.
The Big Bucks
Experts say that one of the most lucrative ways to make money in the Second Life virtual world is by buying and selling land. To own land you must have a paid Second Life membership.
Once you own land you will have the opportunity to develop the land. Once again, you are only limited by your creativity. Make your land interesting and fun. If you develop businesses that draw people to your land you will make money while they are there. For example, if you have a clothing store, a coffee place, and a nightclub on your land you will have many venues where Second Life money can be made. But take into account that people always look for the real life side in Second Life. If you design a fantasy game environment in-world you can let your imagination fly but if you develop a mall try to make it innovative but also quite real.
Sit On It!
One simple way to make Second Life money is by doing chair sitting, dancing, and other simple activities which are called camping. Companies and businesses in Second Life will pay you money or award you prizes if you sit on a chair for a certain period of time or dance in a dance pad. Sounds crazy, but it works. You will not become rich by chair sitting but you will earn some pocket change.
Remember to be creative in the Second Life virtual world. The more creative your business ideas the more Second Life money you can earn. If you fill a needed niche or tap an unreached market you will find that money can be made in Second Life. If you are intelligent, expert in your field and have good luck you may even find a new product or service that can make you a Second Life millionaire!
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