Second Life has its own, very active, economy and currency. It is called the Linden Dollar (L$) and is about 0.01USD = 1L$. Time for a few FAQ (or Frequently Asked Questions)
Why do I need Lindens?
To buy goods and services, such as clothes and a place to live.
How do I receive Lindens?
There are two ways:
1) Buy Lindens from the Second Life website using real money. You can do this by signing in to the Second Life website (using your SL username and password), go to your Dashboard, then to buy. It will ask you how much you want to purchase noting that the minimum allowed is at least 500L$ or 3.00USD.
2) You can get a job in world. There are several jobs that you can do in Second life. You can find these jobs through Job Agencies in world.( Search Job agencies). You can also create items to sell for Lindens or open your own business.
What kind of businesses/jobs are there in Second Life?
There are several jobs/businesses you can become involved in. The most common jobs are available through clubs and other music based establishments , working as a DJ, Host/Hostess, and Dancer. There are others jobs that are less common such as Managers, Assistants, Models, Writers etc.
Businesses include Clothes Designer,Builder, Script Writer, Club Owner, Property Owner, Blogger (Fashion, News, Music & Destinations). These are jobs that takes a lot of commitment, so if you do not have the time and don’t want the stress the most frequent jobs would be more ideal for you. Some jobs, particularly the most common ones, have a promotion system (Start at the bottom and work your way to the top) but this depends on the owners.
How do I find work?
Job agencies are a great way to find jobs. There are tons Job centres and agencies for you to find work. Most jobs require you to fill out an application form and send it to the employers.
What are employers looking for?
Many employers are looking for Reliable employees, someone who will show up when they say they will and do their job well. As a result many employers will not hire you until you are 30 days old and in Second Life on a regular basis.
There are some jobs that will need experience and even training. Being a DJ in SL will require you to have training and experience (There are schools and help guides out there that specialize in DJ training). Hosting is another job that requires training, most clubs will offer to train you since Hosts need to use different marketing equipment to pull customers in.
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These are some of the questions that have been the FAQ for the Torch, if you have any more questions ask at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, you have the money, how about we look for a place you can call home? Join us next time on Second Life Walkthrough.