Thanks for the great tip. I did what you suggested in your comment and I only built 3 residential zones first. My sims are happy at 95% or better, my simoleon income is above 20,000 and I am only at level 3.
Please let me know how you faired when you got to hospital and education levels since they take 60,000 simoleons each.
1. Always do those pop-up deals when you can, remember you've unlimited time and resources so those deals are free money.
2. Pre-build the items for shipment so when they arrive you can fulfill it quickly and essentially cut down wait time on next shipment.
3. 100% happiness is your goal, 99% means something is wrong/ missing...i.e. a road might need to be upgraded.
4. Luxurious (Orange) homes is important, increase your populations vertically by building parks, specialization (which goes back to #2)
When you reach higher lvl...start thinking about all clean tech, recycling center, deluxe sewage plant, solar plant..etc with zero polution they
can free up alot of the valuable land..
Once your city is stable at 99 or 100% then trade seeds and chairs. They always sell instantly. You're looking at 1800 simoleons an hour. Taxes are a waste of time.
Pop-Up deals can be great. But don't be afraid to cancel off large orders. You may get a 3,000 or 4,000 simoleon order (8,000 - 17,000 at higher levels), but it would take so long to complete you could complete 5 or 6 smaller deals for far more in the long run.
I'm at 337k simoleons at the moment.
January 2015 - last edited January 2015
most simoleons come from trades. One way to do it is selling high value items to Daniel. Donuts seems working well where I am as they really need only basic resources and two fast produce lines. And they sell for 9500 per stack. Fill all trading post with full packs of them and wait 48h for they get automaticaly sold.
It's good because it leaves other factories free to produce shipments/upgrades/disaster items.
This can be done with anything. But most valued items are better as trading post has limited space. Check big coins deals. Take them only if they provide more value then trading max.