As an introvert, it can be extremely helpful to discover side hustles for introverts.
I feel like introverts are often misunderstood—well, at least by most extroverts.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean that you "don’t like people," it simply means you get your energy from being in calm, minimally stimulating environments.
This often translates to preferring home or hanging out with a small group of friends rather than heading out to party on Friday nights.
Consequently, if an introvert does compromise and head to the party, you may not see them for a few days as they recharge.
This current side hustle economy that we are experiencing is an introvert's dream world.
As having a side hustle becomes more and more common, there are particular jobs that align perfectly with the needs of an introvert, where they can truly thrive.
Jobs that can be completed from home (or other preferred space), that requires being an independent worker and little day to day interaction with a lot of people are all ideal for an introvert.
7 Side Hustles for Introverts and Quiet People
If you are an introvert looking for extra income, here are some jobs for introverts in which you would most likely excel.
1. Become a Freelancer
Freelancing is one of the best side hustles for introverts. The word blfreelancer is pretty broad-ranging.
Being a freelancer could include writing, developing websites, being a graphic designer, or even a virtual assistant.
In each of these cases what makes them great for introverts is the ability to work from home (or anywhere) while being able to choose your own clientele.
There are plenty of ways to start your own freelancing gig
Some prefer to start their own official business and focus on making connections or applying directly to job posts they find online or on social media platforms like Facebook groups.
Others go straight for freelancer exchanges like Upwork and Fivver to be put in direct contact with people and companies actively seeking out these roles.
While there’s no right or wrong way to build your freelance career (or even doing a combination of both), there are definitely pros and cons to finding work through networking or on an exchange site.
Recommended Reading: The FITnancials website has a great article on 12 Jobs for Introverts Where You Work Online.
2. Teach Online
A relatively new "side gig" has emerged and that is teaching English as a second language (ESL) online.
If you have a Bachelor’s degree, are based in the US or Canada, and have reliable high-speed internet then you already meet the requirements.
Companies like VIPKID give a full-on American education experience to Chinese elementary-aged students while learning the English language.
One benefit of working with a company like VIPKID is that the curriculum is done for you.
They pay isn’t bad either! Starting out between $14 - $18 hourly with the opportunity for bonuses and pay raises make becoming an ESL teacher a pretty lucrative side job.
Of course, blogging is a great job for introverts! Blogging is very different from freelance writing in that you are writing as yourself about your interests for your audience, where freelance writers often write for other brands audiences.
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Becoming a blogger is a great fit for introverts because you know the material is already a subject matter that you enjoy.
However, blogging is probably the most difficult (but definitely not impossible) to make money from.
Having a true monetization strategy for your blog will be handy, especially while you are building your audience in preparation to partner with brands for sponsored posts.
4. Having an E-Commerce Drop Ship Company
You’ve probably heard of dropshipping companies like Printful.
This type of fulfillment platform makes it incredibly easy for an everyday person that’s good with graphic design to own their own online apparel or home decor store.
Dropshipping companies take the hard part out of owning an online boutique.
Want to sell t-shirts with your own designs, but don’t want to do the actual printing and shipping to the customer? That’s where dropshipping comes in.
By taking care of the "hard part," you can focus on the parts of your business you enjoy and literally make money while you sleep.
Of course, in exchange for fulfilling your customer's orders, your profit margin is much lower than if you were to do these things in-house.
5. Etsy Store
If you are crafty, then you might consider opening an Etsy store. Etsy is a craft goods marketplace.
People enjoy shopping from Etsy because there is a higher level of buyer trust as the sellers are reviewed by other customers.
Sellers are held to certain standards on Etsy. Not only that, you’ll have built-in traffic, as the site has millions of visitors daily looking for products similar to what you sell.
Unlike drop shipping, you are solely responsible for fulfilling your customer's orders. By hosting your business on their website, Etsy does require a small percentage of your products.
It’s a natural trade-off and still quite profitable for sellers on the site.
Additional Ways to Make Money
6. Get Cash Back When You Shop
If you love to shop online cash back programs can be beneficial if you’re using them to purchase items you would have purchased anyway.
My favorite cash back program is Rakuten.
Rakuten offers cash back at over 2,000 stores whenever you begin your shopping through the Rakuten website.
Whenever I shop online, I always check to see if there are cash back opportunities if I shop through Rakuten.
When you join Rakuten, you will receive a $10 welcome bonus in the form of either a Walmart gift card or a Rakuten cash bonus (your choice).
7. Instacart Shopper
Instacart is a great way to make a side income.
If you choose the "shop and deliver" position, your job will be to pick up groceries for customers and deliver them to their home.
If you choose the "shop only" position, you will prepare orders as an Instacart employee.
As an Instacart freelance worker, you can set your own hours and work for yourself.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make money online as an introvert!