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Susan M. Heathfield

Second Life: Want a Second Chance to Get a Life?

By January 17, 2007

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Although Second Life, a 3D virtual world, has been around since 2003, its fame multiplied in the past few months after the announcement that virtual real-estate developer Anshe Chung made a million dollars buying and selling real estate in the virtual world, Second Life. I’ve been looking around in Second Life since November when Betsy Weber, TechSmith’s Chief Evangelist, introduced me to the world. Second Life is a 3D virtual world where you use an avatar, a virtual you, to explore the world and communicate with other people. You can view an interesting screencast about the world on Betsy’s Visual Lounge Blog.

As you know, I am partial to entrepreneurs, and SecondLife promises great opportunities for small business. So far, I think Second Life has potential for business networking, training and development, company meetings with worldwide participants, and online planning sessions. Additionally, some big players, such as Amazon.com, have started businesses in the virtual world but the list of entrepreneurial opportunities grows every day. Check it out while the opportunities continue to grow. While my whole site can be used by small business, all of my articles specifically for small business are available for your perusal, too.

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January 21, 2007 at 5:49 pm
(1) Aisling Sheridan (SL avatar) says:

My company has gotten very involved with Second Life, having created a virtual Capitol Hill where we streamed video of the swearing in ceremonies of Nancy Pelosi and the 110th Congress in-world. The virtual Capitol Hill is designed to provide a forum for in-world discussions of the initiatives recently announced by the Democratic Party.

Our company also conducts online discussions at Clear Island. Drop in and visit us sometime.

January 25, 2007 at 11:35 pm
(2) humanresources says:

Thanks for the invitation. As I learn more and explore more in Second Life, I’ll stop by. I think the possibilities are amazing.

July 5, 2008 at 3:25 am
(3) andrea stephenson black says:

i was incarcerated on 7-13-06 and sent to arkansas to do some time-i was sent to a rehabillitation center as my punishment for the crime-i was released into yet another rehab as i was in another state other than my home and had nowhere to parole out-so i signed up for a three month program designed to help me learn to live and function in society – not having an id card and bieng from another state made it almost impossible to get paperwork i needed to get valid id inorder to get a job so i was sent to work in an auto detail shop owned by the rehab which payed my way as i was there but after successfully completing both programs learning valuable imfo in order to open my own detail shop as well i am unable to know how to get that start-i really want to make this happen i know the demand and the buisness i know it will help myself as well as others in simular need as myself-i am not a bad person and i cant do it alone i need help from the very society that wanted me to get help for myself- i need investors or some kinda loan to rent a small space w/water in order to begin i have most all supplies ready except for a wet dry vaccum that i can get after my first detail is completed-i want to be located in grapevine southlake trophey club areas in texas as these are thriving communities and close to where i live now-i am staying with family who cant afford another mouth to feed and i take care of things in the area but im not able to even pay my own way -i cant even feed myself -i spent a year locked up and all for traing i dont know how to get started using-i need help-can someone show me how to do this-i dont have and wont have any money until i get started-i have placed an ad for mobile detailing to try and gain some of the money need to begin-i need suggestions please anyone

March 8, 2011 at 10:29 am
(4) Ashley says:

It is always hard to start from scratch. There are a lot of grants out there for people who want a fresh start and to open a new buisness. I suggests going into your local resource center or federal building and ask them to give you a start on what you need to get applications for grants. There is also a lot of schools that are willing to help pay to open a buisness if you take a few classes in the field of work you want to have.

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