Many of these suggestions are scattered around my other posts and guides. Here they are all in one place, plus a few more! Soon you’ll be making plenty of Gold Dust, the currency of Infinite Wilds.
First of all, what is money good for?
A little Gold Dust is needed when you build things, but really not a lot. You also need it to buy things other players are selling, to identify the breed of the wild horses you have caught, to train your own horses so they can be better, and do other things like pay club dues. You also need it to buy ranch land, though it’s cheap to do that for your first hectare. Needless to say, money is good to have.
Ways of making money
Pick things up as you travel. Logs, berries, stones, flowers, what have you. You can then make things out of them, sell them to other players, or sell them to the Exporter. Check the Sales board to see who is buying.
You can make big money if you keep an eye out for Pots of Gold, Meteorites, Pirate Treasures, and Mother Horse Stones. They can give you anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand gold.
When you catch wild horses, read Global chat to see what kinds of horses are in demand at what club traders. For example, the basic price to sell a plain horse is 200 gold, but if you have the right size, age, breed or level of moodiness, sometimes you can make a couple thousand on the sale. So ask around.
Join a club and get a store. Then you can craft things, or sell raw materials that are in demand. You can also put your horses up for stud and sell them. You can make a lot that way. Again, use the Sales Board to make sure your prices are competitive.
Pan for gold. If you save up enough Essence, you can get a gold pan and use it to get varying amounts of gold dust out of rivers and streams.
Join server contests. There are Star Hunts, where you ride around trying to be the first to find a big glowing star. There are card trading games where you try to get one each of four types of card There are also water balloon fights, which are a lot of fun. And they give you money if you win. They are announced in chat and you can usually travel to them for free.
Achievements are a fun way to get gold too, and also Essence. For example, if you sell ten horses to the Trader, when you sell the tenth one you’ll get a little reward. Same for traveling, building things, making dyes, and various other feats. There are multiple levels for each award.
Riddle Posts will test your wits and sometimes your patience. There are several different kinds of questions, anything from riddles to math, with varying difficulty levels. They are scattered all over the landscape, and they all pay!
Minigames are fun and diverting. You can find Word Scrambles in Fall Forest, a stone sliding game in Swampland, rock stacking in Badlands, color sorting in Snow, music games in Stone Forest, snake charming in the Desert, a matching game in the Rainforest, and several other varieties of minigame. They pay you when you win them.
There are other ways than this to make money. I’ve found that selling dyes and bolts of cloth is pretty popular, as well as rare flowers and berries. See if you can find something I haven’t mentioned!
Ways of saving money
Keep a record of training prices at different Club Villages. Those costs can vary widely.
Try to gather your own materials to make things, when possible.
If you need to buy something, always use the Sales Board so you can see who has what, and for how much. It’ll save you a lot!
Groom and feed your horses yourself. It’s more convenient to have someone else do it but it’s free if you pick your own food, and it increases your bond with the horse as well.
If you have a ranch, get the hay shed, hay fields, and water tower. Then it’ll be nearly free, and also very easy, to feed and water your horses at once.
Be careful of where you put your buildings so you don’t have to tear them down and redo them.