by Alphaville Herald on 30/04/09 at 9:50 pm
by Tenshi Vielle
I recently ran a very informal survey at Shopping Cart Disco in attempt to learn what Second Life's fashion designers cash out of Second Life per month. The results are summarized in the table below — the average earnings for all designers was $850 USD/month.
Inexperienced designers claiming to take home an average of $490/month and experienced designers make $1145 on average.
The figures in red represent claimed income (withdrawn from SL inUnited States Dollars) averages across the comment input board. Eachcolumn is labeled on the bottom for experienced or inexperienceddesigners.
Here are some comments from both experienced (1+ years) and inexperienced (under 1 year) designers:
"I’m a new designer, I have a small store with less than 20 products init and not even a customer group. The past couple months I’ve cashedout $100usd. I made more than that, that is what was left over after Ishopped and played around all month, that also is the amount minus myland expenses, etc, and with me leaving some in SL to use. While ahundred dollars isn’t allot by any stretch, I can see how the largerstores with allot more products, a large customer base, as well asseveral bloggers and magazines that promote them, could be pulling in aliving. I’d like to be there some day, but for now my store covers mycosts, lets me play and buy what I want, and also gives me a littleextra RL cash. "
"I have been around designing for over 2 years (what a shame… LOL), have growns slowly and have been doing it as a game for most of the time. Id est: I have RL stuff to do during the largest portion of my day, am on SL usually after dinner -which means I won’t be tiring my eyes in front of a design to get shadings/seams/prims movement right- or in rare spare days. Plus I like to think that I should better enjoy my RL than be bound to spend my nights working on SL anyways.
I can see, myself, a huge difference between the times I can stay on SL a decent amount of hours and the times when I just log in to chat to my bf. When I was active and still sucked at designing (self teaching does mean it will take TIME to get something decent out) I could make around 400/500 USD a month. That is considering the 300 or more USD I paid monthly for my stores around the grid.
I am now on less and make even less than that as cashiable out. And it’s a pity, cause I know it’s a shock for some of my friends who have seen me around so long (and are probably laughing behind my back cause they’re cashing out 2K a month, and me 200… LOL).
Regarding the anonymousity (is that even how you spell it?) of this comment: I don’t have huge issues talking about my income with some friends. But as I don’t like sharing my age, my RL activity and so on with everybody, I think it’s understandable that I want to keep this information as private as those other things:) This IS a private matter, and there are many who are touched and hurt by the economic situation and all that… not ALL, but many… and it hurts to have to admit that you’re doing bad, I guess.
I am therefore sharing these facts just as journalistic material (lol). Let’s see if Tenshi will come out with some decent picture of what we are doing!"
"I average 30k-40k L$ a day. On release days up to 100k, and if I haven’t released anything for a while it might go down to around 20k."
"I make silks and dresses. It’s taken me a while to get to where I’m at, but I regularly pull in 1000-2000 USD a month after in-world expenses.This is definitely my full time job, and will remain so until SL goes completely down the shitter."
"I’vebeen running a clothing store since the end of 2006. As you can seefrom the numbers below, business ramped up, peaked and for some unknownreason – took a dive.
SL is my only job at the moment, but it won’t be if I cannot figure out what’s gone wrong.
For the sake of real research, detailed numbers:
Apr 2, 2009 PayPal Details USD 462.93
Feb 28, 2009 PayPal Details USD 630.02
Dec 29, 2008 PayPal Details USD 473.15
Dec 16, 2008 PayPal Details USD 493.65
Nov 20, 2008 PayPal Details USD 402.63
Oct 31, 2008 PayPal Details USD 509.37
Oct 6, 2008 PayPal Details USD 709.08
Sep 1, 2008 PayPal Details USD 766.65
Aug 31, 2008 PayPal Details USD 1099.29
Jul 29, 2008 PayPal Details USD 1,073.28
Jul 1, 2008 PayPal Details USD 909.39
Jun 2, 2008 PayPal Details USD 1,385.15
Apr 30, 2008 PayPal Details USD 1,588.63
Mar 31, 2008 PayPal Details USD 1,457.55
Mar 2, 2008 PayPal Details USD 1,623.48
Feb 1, 2008 PayPal Details USD 1,975.66
Dec 31, 2007 PayPal Details USD 1,747.18
Nov 29, 2007 PayPal Details USD 1,600.35
Nov 1, 2007 PayPal Details USD 1,601.04
Sep 30, 2007 PayPal Details USD 1,502.45
Aug 30, 2007 PayPal Details USD 1,465.40
Jul 31, 2007 PayPal Details USD 1,397.55
Jun 30, 2007 PayPal Details USD 1,200.25
Jun 15, 2007 PayPal Details USD 932.64
May 31, 2007 PayPal Details USD 932.64
May 2, 2007 PayPal Details USD 645.82
Mar 31, 2007 PayPal Details USD 577.30
Feb 27, 2007 PayPal Details USD 319.88
Feb 1, 2007 PayPal Details USD 347.38
Jan 2, 2007 PayPal Details USD 26.87
Dec 9, 2006 PayPal Details USD 68.68
Dec 4, 2006 PayPal Details USD 102.76"
Truth? Padded figures? What do you think?