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Second Life: Work at Home Designing on Second Life

Updated on November 1, 2012

Are you a Graphic Artist?

If you are skilled with a graphics program (or not), you can make money in Second Life, as well as other online virtual realities or games, whichever you prefer to call them. I know more about Second Life than others, so I'll talk about what I know, but of course this can be applied to others. Not only can you make virtual clothes as well as sculpts and mesh objects, but you can then sell these in your own store or other people's stores if you prefer to make affiliate vendors for others to sell your wares....or you can do both. Also, you can sell online in the Second Life Marketplace and the items are delivered in-world.



How Much Money Can I Make in Second Life?

Well, that depends on your level of skill and speed and how much time you devote to it. Some do it part-time for a little extra spending money. Some work it as they would a regular job, spending hours a day, probably way more than eight, to build up their stock or to work on something that will be so exquisite it can be sold at a high price. I have often heard someone say it took a month to build a pre-fab club or to design a unique piece of jewelry or a formal dress that is so detailed and of such high quality that a high price can be asked. And what's awesome is your creations are copiable. One build lasts forever! You sell copies of that one build...over and over and over! Money is earned as Second Life money called Lindens which can be converted to real cash to be deposited into your Paypal account or mailed to you as a check. There may be other ways to receive cash for countries without Paypal.

Just as an example...you need about 30,000 Lindens to convert to 100 USD. So you'd need to sell about 1,000 Lindens worth of creations a day to make 100 USD a month. That helps with your utility bill, food, gas or whatever. So as you can see, you can't get rich and it's hard work but....it's fun, you learn a lot and improve your skills and if you can learn how to compound that amount, you can make a lot more. If you make your own store, you'll have to pay tier (rent) for the land or store so that comes out of your earnings....or you can sell just on the Marketplace. A small percent goes to Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life. I know of one creator who builds yachts and sells them for the equivalent of 16-30 USD. If you're good and your product is highly attractive, you could sell many and make some good supplemental income. Oh, and once your product is put out for sale, that's passive and residual income for you as long as people keep buying it.

Maybe you don't need real money and prefer to use your earnings for your Second Life enjoyment. You can buy land, a home, clothes, shoes, hair, fun avatars to wear, vehicles...the sky's the limit in Second Life. You can make your own store...small or gigantic spread out over a whole sim (full island). Make your own virtual reality second life. It's a nice hobby, pasttime, form of entertainment, escape and fantasy life. There's a lot to learn about Second Life though so read all you can on the website and always, you can google for informative blogs.

What if I'm not a Graphic Artist?

Have no fear! You can still design clothes and items even if you don't make them from scratch, meaning even if you don't make your own templates, sculpt maps and DAE files (for mesh). There are many designers of these base builder items who sell them with full permissions so that you can add your own ideas to them and still be a creator of a great design.

You can also become a designer of these base items. There is a huge market for textures, templates, sculpt maps and mesh dae files or at least full perm mesh but be aware that if you choose this profession, there is always chance of theft. Even finished items are at risk of being "copybotted". It's a risk we all take. You can file a DMCA against anyone violating your creator rights. I'm telling you the bad with the good just so you know. Some have left Second Life over this and some just keep on truckin'. How you deal with it is up to you. It's what comes with an open source program.

So yes, you can still create and sell even if you're not highly skilled as a graphic artist. It's second level creating and you can come up with some really nice clothes, furniture, buildings and much more. There are schools in Second Life too, where you can learn to improve your skills. And there are many tutorials online on the web in blogs and on Youtube. Just add second life or sl to your search terms and off you go! :)

How Can I Afford Supplies to Get Started?

There are many options:

You can buy Linden money with real money from your Paypal account, credit card or debit card.

You can find a job in Second Life to earn Lindens to fund your building business....jobs such as dancing or hosting in a club or modeling or managing.

You can also attend the building classes and find many free supplies there.

You can also look in Search in Second Life and the Groups and search for Midnight Mania groups for creators that have building supplies that you can, with others, win from a game board that awards all those who enter it with the prize, providing enough enter to reach the target number. If you see something you really want, you can help to get the target reached by posting an ad for the prize in the group or groups. There are other games too that give free prizes. And it's fun!

You can look on Second Life Marketplace for free or low cost supplies. Some creators will sell a few at a low price as a promotion and to let you sample their work.

You can download Gimp, Paint.net and Blender free if you can't afford a graphics program. There may be more that are free or have a free trial and can be found by googling for what kind of program you need.

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    • BuffyGirl profile image
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      BuffyGirl 4 years ago

      Hi all, thanks for all your comments. Yes, although the economy has slowed down a lot in SL, you can still make money. I don't make $30k a month anymore, but about half that, so about $50 a month if I exchanged it for cash....but I don't. I use it for tier for my land for my club and malls, which also is where I make some of my money (tips and selling clothes and hair in my mall). I haven't been creating new clothes much anymore because of lack of time.

      The two programs I mentioned in the blog are free....Gimp and Blender. Also there is Paint.net....just search for them on the internet and you can download them for free. I recommend getting to Builder's Brewery in SL for classes or just asking questions in their group. Also, I think there may be some free tutorials but most definitely there are a lot of free tutorials on the web in text form and video form....Youtube has a lot of them.

      When you do a search for anything SL related, add SL or Second Life to your search terms. Try it both ways to get a larger list of links. For instance: How to make clothes Second Life or How to make clothes SL. You can search for: free graphics programs for second life and then free graphics programs for sl ....and you should get some links.

      Builder's Brewery group is a help group where you can ask questions. Just look up that group in the Search and then Groups, once you get in SL....and it will tell you there how you can join.

      Lois I just looked in the Group Search there. There are many Autism groups. You might get some ideas from there of what some of those with Autism enjoy doing in Second Life. I hope you both enjoy SL. :)

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      LoisRyan13903 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      I meant to ask what graphics program would you recommend? some reason I could not edit my comment.

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      LoisRyan13903 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Is there a software program you have to buy or does SL have a package you can download? I have an autistic teen and this might be more her field she is awesome of computers and may give me an idea for a job when she graduates high school-if she decides she in't ready for college.

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      Sleepylog 4 years ago from Australia

      Lois, if you can learn to make quality skins and hair for Second Life then you could make a bit of money but it has to be premium skin and hair.

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      LoisRyan13903 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      You can actually make real $$ and not just Linden Dollars? I just got into SL and eventually will get a premium account so I can get some property. Sigh I am not that creative thou

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      BuffyGirl 4 years ago

      Oh gosh, I'm so sorry it's been so long since I checked back here. Got into some other projects and didn't realize I had a post waiting to be approved. Yes, I do this...but I'm not good enough at it to make a real life income. There are some very talented people who do make hundreds of real life dollars a month though. I think it's probably the live artists who perform there who make the most though. I actually do make about $100 a month but I put it right back into SL for tier.

      If I wasn't paying tier I'd be cashing that out. I make that from the sale of clothes I make and from tips from dancing 2 or 3 hours a night. There are some who make much more than that though.

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      Sleepylog 4 years ago from Australia

      Do you do this yourself on Second Life? I've been on Second Life for four years and let me tell you it's harder to make money than you make it sound. The Second Life economy is very bad right now, no one spends any money on it anymore except for hair and skin. The clothing market is over-saturated and if you expect to make a real-life income from creating Second Life clothes you'll be in for a very big disappointment.