Are you wondering how to make money in The Good Life? In this guide, we'll tell you the best The Good Life moneymaking methods so you can pay your bills -- and pay back your debt.
How to Pay Back Your Debt in The Good Life
It's actually surprisingly easy to pay back your debt in The Good Life. Don't worry -- you're not going to have to earn £30,000,000 by taking photos and selling Parsnips.
As explained at the end of our Beginner's Guide, the game opens up three "Routes" for players to work through in the Campaign: Route A, Route B, and Route C. These Routes are essentially quest chains and you must complete all three to reach the ultimate climax.
Fortunately, beating these Routes will also reward you with a substantial amount of money. Completing all of these (and beating the game) will effectively pay back the debt you owe to the newspaper. On the flip side, these won't do much for your daily expenses. With that said, let's explore some ways to earn money in The Good Life!
Completing Sidequests Can Be a Good Source of Income
Anyone with a green exclamation mark over their head will have a sidequest available. Some of these sidequests will unlock new items, but many of these sidequests will have a cash reward.
The early game sidequests will give you £5-£20 apiece and this is obviously not a sustainable method of earning money -- after all, the sidequests will eventually run out. Still, these can be good for a quick cash injection if you want to make the effort to complete them.
How to Make Money in The Good Life with Hotwords and Photography
One of the most obvious ways of making money in The Good Life is with Hotwords. Hotwords are essentially "hashtags" for photography, and any photos uploaded to Flamingo and matching the current Hotwords will pay out a substantial bonus.
In fact, an argument can be made that it's not even worth it to upload photos that don't have Hotwords because they simply will not perform. There are some exceptions -- a photo of the event featuring Elizabeth Banks at the end of the Prologue can gain 20,000 Emokes (Likes) or more, giving you a few hundred extra pounds to play with. Photography will be a good source of steady income as you play The Good Life, but it's not the only method you can use.
How to Make Money in The Good Life with Selling Items
The next way of making money in The Good Life is simply by selling items. You're going to pick up a lot of junk as you play, so you may as well unload some of the things you don't need.
In all honestly, many of the items you pick up aren't really all that valuable. Sure, you can find crops planted in Gardens for free, but it's not really worth the effort to sell Cucumbers for £0.10 apiece -- it's better to hold onto them for Cooking.
One might consider doing some Crafting and making the most of the various Materials you've acquired. Unfortunately, Crafting doesn't seem to increase the value of most items. You might make a little more money in some cases, but for now, your best bet is probably to sell the raw Materials.
There are nonetheless some valuable items that you can scavenge. Books will sell for £1-£2 each depending on their size. Books allow you to fast forward time and aren't really all that useful in most situations, so you can comfortably sell your excess.
Sheep Are a Good Long-Term Investment
Once you've completed the early portions of Route A, you'll be able to shear Sheep. Aside from serving as useful Mounts, Sheep also make an excellent source of early game income.
A single piece of Wool from a Sheep will net you around £3.50 each. You can have multiple Sheep, so it's definitely worth it to fill up your pasture -- especially because you don't have to worry about feeding them. You can also just outright sell your Sheep for £5.00. You can make more money by leveling up your Sheep, but it honestly isn't much.
Sadly, it takes time for your Sheep to grow new Wool so you won't be able to use this method as often as you'd like. There is, however, one method that can bring in hundreds of pounds if you're willing to spend the time doing it.
The Best Way to Make Money in The Good Life
The best way to make money in The Good Life is not photography or selling Crafting Materials. Well, not most Crafting Materials, anyway -- you can make some serious dough with Mining.
First, you're going to want to go to McAvoy Construction and purchase a Pickaxe for around £25.00. Next, you're going to want to save up an additional £50.00 or so for opening gates. There are three Mining locations that you can go to:
- Weskirk Cave in the west
- Blencarrick Quarry in the north
- John Peel's Pot, also in the north
Mining at the correct spots in these locations (marked by Pickaxes) will let you get valuable materials. These include:
- Stone Material
- Bronze Nuggets
- Iron Nuggets
- Silver Nuggets
- Gold Nuggets
- Small Diamonds
- Large Diamonds
Visit at least one of the locations and Mine all of the Materials you can, then return home and sell it all. You can net hundreds of pounds if you completely clear out any one of these locations if your luck is good enough.
Once you're done, you'll need to call it a night and head back home. Give it a day or so for the Mining nodes to respawn and you can repeat the process, bringing an end to your short-term money troubles and allowing you to focus on your quest.