While most of us (I’m an ISFJ in the Myers-Briggs personality type) have no problem interacting with other people, nothing beats doing things on our own, even while making money. Am I right?
Nevertheless, introverts have different reasons, preferences, and goals when searching for a side hustle. On this list, we only included ideas that can actually reward your time, skills, and efforts with a justifiable income. We didn’t include low-paying gigs like paid surveys and mystery shopping.
Furthermore, some side hustles below have the potential to help you earn a full-time passive income from home that you might be able to quit your current full-time job!
I hope this list of side hustles will be useful to us introverts! Do let me know at the comments section below if it did help. 😊
1. Sell in-game items
Do you often spend your time alone playing online games? Have you collected rare items and skins from games like Dota 2 or CSGO?
Then you can sell those in-game items and earn up to a few thousands dollars!
Popular in-game items that you can sell are from Dota 2, CSGO (Counter Strike Global Offensive), Fortnite, Rocket League, Roblox, Fallout 76, and more.
2. Review books online
If you read a lot of books every week, then why not spend just a little time reviewing what you’ve read.
These sites will pay you anywhere between $5-100 when your book review is published. Most of the sites above also give you a free book for your first review. Some of them like Booklist will even pay you a little amount even if your book review is rejected.
The fact that you enjoy reading books anyways, this is a win-win side hustle for bookworms out there!
3. Freelance online writing
If reading or playing games is not something you particularly enjoy doing, then how about writing? Perhaps instead of talking and interacting with other people, you want to share your thoughts and opinions via written words?
Being a freelance writer might be a good side hustle for you. Freelance writers usually get paid between $5-100 per hour depending on several factors like your current skills, length of the article, topic, employer, etc.
The good thing about article writing is you can write just about anything (e.g. introversion) as long as its something you have knowledge about.
Of course, it may also depend on the topics that your employer wants you to write about but you can pretty much choose which clients you want to work with.
The best part about blogging is that you can turn any of your hobbies, for example, camping, kayaking, or playing a musical instrument, into a blog that makes money.
You are basically taking one more extra step to share your joy, experience, and knowledge, with others who have the same interest as you. And, you will be making money at the same time.
Starting your blog may sound daunting but it couldn’t be easier these days. In fact, thousands of bloggers have already made a lot of money from this side hustle; many of them were complete beginners. You could be the next viral blogger!
There are a couple of ways to make money with blogging.
First, you can join advertisement networks and get paid every time people visit your blog or click your ads. Second, you can promote affiliate products using affiliate marketing. And finally, you can sell your own products on your blog.
For example, if you like games as we discussed in #1, you can create a gaming blog and sell your rare items.
Or you can take a look at our list of 240 underserved blogging niches and see if there are topics you’re interested in.
5. Start an affiliate marketing business
Affiliate marketing is one of the best side hustles for introverts because you don’t need to talk to anybody, you don’t need any prior or experience, and you have the potential to make a lot of money sharing products that people are already looking for.
I’ll explain in this video below why affiliate marketing is such a good side hustle for you.
In affiliate marketing, you earn money (commissions) whenever people buy the products or services that you are promoting on your blog or website. Now, take note that the word I used is “promote” and not “sell” because you won’t be selling anything with affiliate marketing.
Your job as an affiliate marketer is to provide suggestions to people about a possible solution to their current problems.
For example, your blog is about video games, then people who visit your site are probably looking for games to play. Then you can suggest what are the good games that you have played. You may also suggest a good gaming computer or a gaming mouse and headset.
Or if your blog is about books, then you can recommend the best books that you have read. If your blog is about guitars, then you can recommend a good brand of guitars. You get the point.
When people buy those products that you recommended through your referral link, you will get paid.
If you want to get started with affiliate marketing, how about learning from this program that has produced lots of successful students.
6. Create online courses
Sharing your knowledge and experience on a topic you are passionate about is a lucrative and fulfilling side hustle.
Skills like drawing, graphic designing, cooking, photography, archery, and woodworking are just some examples where there is a high demand for online education.
And, the best part is, you can create an online course entirely from the comfort of your home. You don’t need to worry about talking in front of a classroom.
You can teach via screen sharing, PowerPoint slides or in front of a camera. It’s totally up to your comfort zone.
Note: You can also sell your online courses on your blog if they are of the same niche.
7. Start a YouTube channel
Well, you may not like to chit chat unnecessarily, but you can lock yourself in a room and talk in front of a camera. You can share your thoughts and opinion on a certain topic or teach something you have a good knowledge about.
For example, I share my knowledge about online income opportunities on my channel.
Perhaps you can pick a similar topic that you have good knowledge and background.
Or since we are on the topic of side hustles for introverts, how would you like to build a channel about introverts? There are 4 types of introverts and perhaps you can educate other people about it. You can also share what it’s like to be one and how you deal with some situations in your life, etc.
There are plenty of things you can do with a YouTube channel, and as long as you can provide valuable information to your audience, subscribers will come eventually.
And in case you’re wondering how you make money with YouTube, it’s though ads by Google AdSense and affiliate marketing. The more people watching your videos, the more you’ll earn.
8. Start freelance online jobs
Other than freelance writing, there are many freelance jobs that introverts can do, like…
- virtual assistant
- SEO specialist
- data entry
- website developer
- article writer
- audio and video editor
- audio transcription
- video captions and subtitles
- graphic designer
9. Sell creative designs
Do you have decent graphic editing skills and an eye for good designs?
Then you might want to consider selling designs for POD (print on demand) online businesses. This is where you will create and sell your own custom designs on various different types of products like mugs, phone cases, tote bags, beanies, snapback caps, and T-shirts.
When products with your design is sold, you get a share of the profits.
10. Sell your crafts
Do you knit, cook, or do woodworks during your free time? Are you confident about the quality of your crafts? Then you can sell those and make money from home!
And other than your crafts, you can also make money from old books, collectibles, toys, comics and custom jewelry.
11. Sell stock photos
If you have a large collection of portrait and landscape photos sitting in your hard drive, and you are continually adding to it…
These sites usually pay anywhere between $0.20 to $0.40 every time your contributed image was downloaded from their platform.
Let’s say you submitted 10 photos and all of them got downloaded 10 times in a week. That’s at least $20 in a single week in passive income.
12. Become a social media manager
According to PayScale, social media managers earn an average of £25,894 (~$31,995) in the UK, and $50,815 in the US. That’s around $2,600 up to $4,200 per month!
So if you are already managing your own social media account with some proficiency, like you’ve been…
- Creating relevant content to connect with your audience;
- Planning and implementing social media strategies;
Then, why not offering your skills to small businesses.
Some employers may not even require relevant skills and they are willing to teach you. So, basically anyone can do this gig.
You may probably need to talk to your employer on a daily basis, but that’s just for an hour or less per day. The rest of the day is all on working by yourself.
13. Start an eCommerce business
Ever heard of Amazon FBA or a Shopify store?
You could make a good income by sourcing and selling interesting products to the general public.
You can source for cheap and interesting products (maybe from China or from countries where the manufacturing cost is low). Then, buy them in bulk, and sell them at a marked up price to the world through:
Amazon FBA vs Shopify
The biggest benefit for using Amazon FBA to sell your products is that there are millions of people visiting Amazon everyday. So, you are leveraging on the traffic from Amazon to get eyeballs on your products.
Amazon will also take care of logistics for you, from packaging, all the way to delivery. So, a huge load of responsibility on managing the supply chain can be outsourced to Amazon for a small fee.
On the other hand, with a Shopify store, you have to do online marketing from scratch. And, you have to take charge of all the logistic, employees, payment gateways, and all the after-sales service on your own.
However, if branding is of concern, and you know how to get the traffic to buy your products, then Shopify is a good option.
Out of both platforms mentioned above, the best platform for beginners in my opinion, is Amazon FBA. Click here to find out how you can start this business.
Dropshipping works similarly to an eCommerce business, but the big difference is you don’t need to purchase inventory.
With dropshipping, you can find interesting products and post those product images on platforms like eBay with a marked up price.
When someone make a order of the product, you can place an order with the supplier, and the supplier will ship the products over to your customer.
It sounds like an easy way to make money.
However, the disadvantages are, you will need to handle after-sales service, and the profit margin isn’t that high.
But, if the volume of your orders are high, you can make a handsome profit from this gig.
15. Make money by renting your car
If you don’t use your car a lot, then you might want to consider renting it to other people. You can earn a good amount of money from car rentals especially during summer and holidays.
But if you don’t want other people to sit behind the wheel, then you can still make money by using your car as a moving advertisement billboard.
16. Provide food delivery services
If you don’t mind driving around your area to deliver food for other people, then another good way to make use of your car to earn extra income is by applying to food delivery services.
And while you’re delivering food anyways, you may want to deliver groceries too. You can also apply to deliver groceries in firms like Instacart and maximize your income.
17. Provide handy services
Handy services like…
- Pet sitting;
- Walking dogs;
- Doing grocery shopping;
- Mowing lawns;
- Watering flowers; and
- Pulling out weeds.
These tasks don’t involve you working with other people and you can do them on your own terms.
18. House sitter
While most side hustles can easily include babysitting or caregiving, such gigs may be an issue to some introverts because it involves direct interaction with other people for a long period of time.
Therefore, why not watch other people houses and properties instead, while they are away?
There could be people you know that go on a vacation for a week, a month or a year. You can offer to watch their home for them.
House sitting responsibilities include cleaning the in and outs of the house and if the homeowners have pets that they can’t bring with them, you will take care of them too.
19. Proofreading and editing
If you have a keen attention to detail, you don’t mind reading documents, and you have a solid foundation of grammar and spelling…
Then remote proofreading and editing could be the perfect side hustle for you.
Some clients will pay you anywhere between $10 up to $50 per hour as a proofreader while others will pay you $100 up to $500 per project.
Tip: Proofreading court transcripts is one that pays the highest rates.
20. Rent rooms or your house
Do you have a spare room in your home that no one uses, or you have a vacation home that you only visits once or twice a year?
According to CNBC, Airbnb hosts earn an average of about $924 a month of passive income. You could earn the same amount or more depending on the number of clients you get and where your property is located.
21. Rent your personal stuff
Renting out your camera, bike, power tools, or sporting gears that are gathering dust could fetch you some money.
While these sites are commonly used for buying and selling “used” goods, you can also display for rent items.
22. Self-publishing eBooks
It can be any eBooks!
Children books, if you can draw and have an interesting story that kids like, a novel, or a guide to do something, like blogging, cooking, playing guitar or whatever.
As long as you can find a topic where people have interest in, you can write an eBook and sell it.
23. Provide remote bookkeeping services
While this is usually a side hustle for accountants, bookkeeping is also a good side hustle for introverts (and anyone) who has good knowledge about accounting and bookkeeping.
Especially small and medium size firms that do not wish to hire a full-time accountant or a bookkeeper, they are more than happy to hire a freelance bookkeeper to reduce their operational cost.
You can earn anywhere between $10 up to $50 per hour or more depending on your clients, your skills, and your time commitment.
Wrapping this up
So how do you like our list of side hustles for introverts? We hope you found some ideas that aligned with your goals and interests.
If you have any other side hustles suitable for introverts that have not been mentioned, please, leave your ideas below. I’ll really love to hear from you.
Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do share it with your introvert friends if you know any.
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