Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Bad Business Practices in Second Life
Let me start out by saying this may come off as a bit of a rant...but it's my blog and I will rant if I want to :P
I am a professional business person in Second Life. I own businesses, manage and promote other people's businesses and make my living in Second Life. So for me, SL is serious and not play time. To me SL is not a game or recreation... it's my livelihood.
That being said, I understand that for most SL is recreational and they don't have a need to take it all serious like that. However, there are others who do have businesses in Second Life, for example, clothing designers, musicians, home builders, venue owners, scripters, land barons, etc.
These people pay for services, sell goods, get paid for services, land or goods and make deals. These are business transactions!!! If you and I agree to terms and conditions, I expect you to live up to those terms and conditions. I totally understand that people get sick, work goes into mandatory overtime, and real life happens but I don't understand when I wait for a month for a person to live up to their end of the deal and they are off having fun in SL like that deal means nothing.
If I hire a musician, I expect them to be on time, do PR and marketing for the show, be sober, mention my venue tip jar and put on the best show they possibly can. In return I am expected to pay them, do PR and marketing for the show, mention a few times over the course of the hour to the crowd to tip the musician and make sure things run as smooth as possible. How hard is this concept???? I'm paying for your services and expect things in return... I don't care if you pack my sim or only 10 people show up, it's a business agreement! The same goes for venues...when I book someone at a venue, I expect certain things like, list them in events a couple days before the show, promote the show in SL to groups and/or to social media and during the show make sure it runs smooth and promote my artist.
If you rent land and don't live up to the covenant that the land owner has set forth, you are subject to losing your land. If you don't pay your tiers...you will lose your land.
It's a simple concept really... it is a contract... I do X and you do Z and we both live up to the terms of the contract. WHY DON'T PEOPLE GET THAT?????
I understand that a lot of people are in SL as a hobby or pass-time, however, if you do business of any sort in SL then you NEED to take that business seriously or don't do business!!!
If you have gotten this far I want to thank you for reading my rant. Please feel free to comment if you agree or disagree because we are all entitled to our opinion.