How to ‘Win’ at Farmville (and your Buisness)

I was addicted to Farmville. There, I said it.

Mid-August or so I rolled over to wish good morning to Nicole as she was lying in bed with her laptop playing a Facebook social networking game called Farmville. I rolled my eyes, laughed, and didn’t think much about it.

A few days later, I observed how much fun she was having harvesting her crops, meticulously planting them in little rows and aligning the trees just right. This is how my wife is and I love her for it.

Then, I got to thinking: 1) Farmville could be a fun little husband & wife bonding activity…. give each other chickens, apple trees, and that sort of thing. 2) I could take this as a challenge and try and beat her at her own game. Nothing like a little friendly competition, right?

Nicole patiently taught me how to plow, plant, and harvest my crops. She told me about the importance of XP (experience points), which money simply can not buy.

Turns out, there are a bunch of friendly faces playing Farmville, including past & present wedding clients, some big names in the wedding photography industry like John Michael Cooper and Dalisa. Over 60 million people check their farms, making Farmville the most popular Facebook game.

But there are plenty business lessons one can take from Farmville, like investing in proper equipment (tractors and harvesters), having a (business) plan for your farm, being creative, having fun and enjoying the fruits of your labor

To share with you some of the lessons and parallels to business life I’ve learned, I’ve compiled a list of 8 tips to pass along.

How to ‘Win’ at Farmville (and your Business):

1. Be creative and have fun. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and in the end, remember it is just a game.

2. Help others in their farm. By scaring away the crows, you gain coins and valuable XP. Offering value is more important than receiving. The same applies in leveraging the power of online social networking.

3. There may be ‘short cuts,’ they come at a cost. While the soybean-delete method and hay bale buy & sell method work to boost XP, they may cause joint pain from excess clicking.

4. Invest in the right tools to get the job done. The tractor, harvester, and seeder can save you tons of time.

5. Money doesn’t buy experience. but can build XP points by buying & selling buildings. For example, Grain Silos (20,000 coins) yield 200 XP which aids in leveling up. The most profitable crops, like grapes and peas, can only be purchased at the higher levels.

6. Work smart, not hard. Larger farms help to scale your efforts and make you more money quicker. Consider making your farm larger before buying trinkets. At my ‘prime,’ I was earning 75,000 coins each day harvesting hundreds of peas.

7. Have a plan. Like a business, failing to plan is planning to fail. One Farmville neighbor use an Excel spreadsheet to estimate income vs time to maximize her efforts. Others sketch their ideas out with graph paper and a pencil.

8. Steady persistence pays off. Make a goal, invest a little time each day, and stick to it. Then move on. Just like in business, an exit strategy is your only way out.

My goal? To work hard, a little each day, amassing enough coinage to purchase the $1,000,000 villa.

Last night, that is precisely what I did.

Tips and Tricks for Winning at Farmville by R. J. Kern-Photo, a Denver Wedding Photographer

Feel free to share your Farmville tips and tricks and experiences by leaving a comment below.

13 Responses to “How to ‘Win’ at Farmville (and your Buisness)”

  1. Dennis Bullock — October 28, 2009 @ 5:59 pm (#)

    I have seen it but never played….but I will now!

  2. dalisa — October 29, 2009 @ 5:28 am (#)

    no farmville tricks or experience from me – you are the master. Nice job. Thanks for reaching for what we all want and for actually capturing it… then, as so many should but rarely do.. sharing.

  3. Ellen — October 30, 2009 @ 7:37 pm (#)

    I like how you got Nicole’s avatar to visit before taking the screenshot; very cute!

  4. alec vanderboom — October 31, 2009 @ 6:47 am (#)

    what is that sheep doing in the balloon. probably some kind of publicity stunt for his dad.

    NEW ORLEANS. ALMOST HERE>

  5. Jason — November 19, 2009 @ 2:37 am (#)

    How do you get two people in one place? i never seem to find my friend’s avatars

  6. keenia — December 8, 2009 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    how do u make your stuff look elevated

  7. sylvester — March 27, 2010 @ 12:10 am (#)

    how do you do that? it is so hard…….to make a stage like….. it so hard promise….can you teach me?

  8. Blue — April 2, 2010 @ 6:14 am (#)

    Cool! I really really like that large pond but it’s so expensive! Err!

  9. Alan — May 3, 2010 @ 9:32 pm (#)

    RJ congrats on getting that $1M villa! I’m not on FB so I’ll live vicariously through others. I take it you moved off the farm now that you prospered from your hard work :) Love the nice connection with real world business truths. Cheers and see you soon.

  10. She1 — June 2, 2010 @ 9:55 am (#)

    Sylv;
    The “stage” your referring to is just an illusion. Simply place a hedge, hay bale, fence or other object anywhere on your farm, then another one, not directly next to it, but rather skip one space and pull it down a little, then place it. This will give it a stacked effect and is actully called “stacking”. This is only because of the way farmville is set up. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy…..not hard at all. If you want to see a video on stacking there is a good one on you tube ;) Hope this helps, Happy Farming

  11. neryjane — September 10, 2011 @ 5:31 am (#)

    jaja

  12. DIPANNITA DAS — October 23, 2011 @ 1:42 am (#)

    how 2 make the stage?

  13. master of swag — December 6, 2013 @ 8:10 am (#)

    sick, I won Farmville, but now I have found out: I am now unemployed, living on the streets, starving and adopted.

    Many thanks,
    MASTER OF $WAG

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