A Second Life For Fun & Profit
So, what kind of opportunities are available on Second Life, you ask? Second Life is kind of a twisted mirror of reality in terms of the opportunities that are available on there to make money. It's hard to make a viable living income, but not impossible. If nothing else, it can give you something to do when you're otherwise spending all your time alone.
Just like in real life, there are two major options: get a job working for someone else, or go into business for yourself.
What Kind Of Jobs Are There?
Job opportunities on Second Life generally don't pay much, but they can help you find your footing in the world. The basic theme is the same as real life: a business owner needs help with a task, and you do it in exchange for money. Almost all of these are acquired through word of mouth rather than posted job listings, so making friends is the best way to find them. These can include but are not limited to:
Owners of large shops frequently hire shop assistants to help answer the questions from prospective customers so that they can focus on designing new products.
Dance clubs are common on Second Life, and are usually staffed by a DJ or the like. If you're into music and love socialising, you may be able to get a job spinning tunes at a club. Some clubs will also hire dancers to make their club look more popular, so that's something else to keep an eye out for!
What Kind Of Businesses Opportunities Are There?
You can do all kinds of things on Second Life, limited only by your skills, time, and willingness to learn. Here are some of the basic ones, but really you can do anything on Second Life.
Start A Shop
If you have some Photoshop skills and a lot of patience, you can become a fashion designer on Second Life with reasonably few start-up costs. Take a look at what's popular and Google some how-to videos. This is one of the hardest careers, but also one of the most lucrative. You could also make furniture, houses, plants, art, makeup, or even body parts for avatars. Anything you see being sold in a shop is something that another player has made, so you could make it.
Become A Land Baron
Much like in real life, land is at a premium in Second Life. If you have a bit of money to start with and a lot of patience, you can become a land baron. There are a few different types. Some land barons buy cheap land in desirable areas and sell it for a profit. Others buy new land, develop it, and rent it out to other players. If you want to become a land baron, I highly recommend looking into a few classes on land management in world, to get you started on the right foot.
Start A Marketplace Shop
The Second Life Marketplace is kind of like eBay for Second Life. You can buy and sell just about anything on there. For example, I buy and sell rare gacha items for a small profit to help fund Cheeky Kea's in-world endeavours. You can take a look at my shop here.
Get Addicted To Breedables
Breedables are something kind of unique to Second Life. They're small scripted animals that breed with one another to produce new animals that may have rare or valuable traits. There is a huge community of breeders on Second Life, breeding everything from cats to horses to fantastical dragons. If you have a look at the Breedables Category on the Marketplace, it will give you an idea of just how many different types of Breedables there are. Breedables generally require access to land and you usually have to buy consumable food to feed them, so it can incur a bit of expense before you'll see anything back. So, consider yourself warned!
Become A Freelancer
If you have any desirable skills, you can be sure that there's someone on Second Life who wants them. For example, if you're a programmer you could learn LSL (Linden Scripting Language). It's very similar to Java and C, so you'll have no trouble picking it up. I used to build some basic scripts and I barely know any scripting at all. Or, say you're a web designer. You could offer your services for people who want websites related to their Second Life businesses. Or, just about anything really. I met one of my long-term publishing clients through Second Life. Whatever you do, someone wants.
I heard there was a lot of... ummm... "sexy stuff" on Second Life. Can I do sex work?
If that is your jams, then yes you can. Remember how I mentioned that there is adult content on Second Life? Well, there's also a very active... I want to call it a red light district, but it's not just one place, it's all over the place. There are many options for sex work on Second Life, ranging from stripping at clubs to voice or camera-based stuff. I won't go into detail on this one. If you want to get into sex work, the easiest way is to locate a sex worker in world and simply ask them for advice. Have fun and be careful! Don't accept files from any avatars you don't know!