IMVU is a free social network set in a spectacular virtual 3D world. The members can meet new people and hang out with their friends in animated 3D environments. They can also design their own custom avatars and equip them with different clothes and accessories. Most of the coolest items out there are not free – they cost credits to buy. IMVU credits can be acquired either from various free promotions, or by buying them for real cash. Credits are the virtual currency used everywhere in the IMVU world.
Now that we've established that IMVU users spend credits (and in turn, real cash) on various nifty virtual items, you should know that the opposite is also true – members can make money on IMVU by selling various 3D designs on the site marketplace, and earning IMVU credits this way. It's a great opportunity for people with graphics design skills to get some additional income. IMVU uses Cal3D library for designing the 3D items.
Anyone can use the Content Creation program on IMVU. The only requirement is a small initial credits investment to cover the submission fees to the IMVU product catalog. If you create something that becomes really popular, you can earn lots of credits over a short period of time. That includes items people use to enhance the look of their avatar, and 3D environment designs for the chat rooms.
You might wonder how earning IMVU credits translates into making money. The thing is, IMVU allows converting their credits to real cash. There is a number of third party services that both sell and buy credits. If you have a lot of credits available, you can sell them to one of those merchants for real money in your PayPal account. In this regard, IMVU is similar to Second Life which also allows selling and buying of their virtual currency for real world money.