While the corporate world has long favored extroverts, the internet really levels the playing field. The good news for introverts is that there are endless opportunities to make money online and even earn a full time income.
Do you prefer quieter and more minimally stimulating environments?
Does your ideal day involve sitting in an office, doing what you have to do without having to deal with a whole lot of loud “look-at-me” type people?
If you answered yes to those questions, then you are most likely an introvert.
Here is a list of 7 ideas to make money online – for introverts.
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#1: Earn while you binge on Netflix
If your ideal evening after a long day at work is sitting on the couch and binge watching Netflix, you are in luck. There is a way for you to earn some money while sitting on the couch, and that is through online survey sites.
While you won’t be earning a full-time income from taking surveys, the money you do get is pretty decent for sitting on the couch and watching TV while you answer some survey questions.
The money I got from survey sites is generally sufficient to pay some my ‘extras’ like the latest lippie I’ve been eyeing up.
My favorite sites are Swagbucks and Opinion World which I personally use on a regular basis to earn some money on the side.
#2: Online Data Entry
The most popular (and legitimate) data entry job sites are Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Clickworker.
You can sign up for Amazon’s Mechanical Turk here to perform tasks like:
- Blog comments
- Short editing and writing jobs
- Keyword searches
- Photo captioning and tagging
These tasks are all done online and all you have to do is click on each tasks to get a brief description of the job and the estimated time for completion.
I note that you might take a lot longer the first time and once you get the hang of it you get more efficient (and therefore get paid more).
When I was a new mom, I personally found this job awesome. The last thing I wanted to do in my sleep deprived state was meet a whole lot of people and hold a half decent conversation.
I was happy in my yoga pants, completing some simple tasks that made me a bit of extra money on the side.
Plus you don’t have to deal with any annoying co-workers. Just do what you need to do from your desk at home.
#3: Website Testing
If you have a laptop, an internet connection and microphone then you have all you need to test websites.
You do have to record your thoughts as you complete various tasks but there is no need to interact or socialize with anyone.
The pay is generally around $10 per test and each test lasts around 20 minutes. There are a few sites you can apply to do this.
You will be given a website and various tasks to work through. For example, you might be given a website of museum and asked to navigate through and find out what their opening hours are. And as you perform the task, your job is to speak about what you are doing, why you are doing it and what your impression of the site is.
This helps the company to understand how users navigate through their site and where they need to improve.
You won’t get rich doing this, but I personally found website testing quite a fun way to spend some time.
If you are after more than a bit of pocket money then keep reading on because the remaining ways to make money online pay much better than the first 3.
If you are a fast and accurate typist, then this option could be for you.
It is possible for you to earn a full time living from home doing transcription work, especially if you are certified.
And the best news for introverts, the job doesn’t involve interacting with lots of people. Everything can be done from behind the computer at home.
There are several online sites where you can apply for transcription work, and you can choose to specialize into medical or legal transcription. Specialist transcriptionists tend to command a higher per hour rate.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2015 median pay of a transcriptionist was $16.77 per hour. That is not too shabby at all!
Here are some transcriptionist jobs you may want to browse through and have a look at.
#5: Stock Market Investing
I first got into stock market investing when an introverted family friend showed me the ropes.
He is a very quiet and unassuming man in large groups but once you bring up his most loved topic of the stock market, he can talk for hours! He was just a fountain of knowledge in this field.
Stock market investing is great for introverts as it involves reading the financial news and reviewing financial statements. Nothing requires you to interact with others.
While Wall Street is bursting at the seams with loud traders yelling, all your stock market trading can be done behind a desk online. You can even trade in your comfy yoga pants or pajamas!
If you have money you want to grow, investing is an excellent way to make it grow. It sure beats the current return the banks are offering!
Even if you don’t have large sums of money to invest, apps like Acorn allow you to start investing with as little as $0.01.
The app allows you to round up your purchases and invest those cents across 7,000 stocks and bonds to improve your return while reducing risk.
You no longer need thousands of dollars to get started with stock market investing.
For example, if you make a purchase of $3.95, the app will automatically round the purchase up to $4 and invest the $0.05 difference.
Sound great, right?
It is a great way to invest without even feeling the pinch, plus the site gives you cashback too (bonus!)
You might be surprised but most bloggers are introverts.
While introverts might not like to lend their voice in a crowd, it doesn’t mean introverts don’t have anything to say. The opposite is true in fact and blogging is the perfect mechanism for introverts to share their message.
Everyone has a unique message that someone needs to hear. And everyone has unique experiences and knowledge that others will find valuable.
And the other great reason to blog?
You can make money blogging!
Blogging is an excellent side hustle for introverts because everything is done online. You don’t have to be seen. You just have to be heard.
There are many ways to monetize your blog, this can be through:
- Ad placements,
- Blog post sponsorship,
- Affiliate marketing,
- Product sales etc.
Starting a blog is also very inexpensive.
Did you know you can run a blog for a little as $10 a month?
And blogging is something you can work on when you have spare moment throughout the day or in the evenings after work.
There certainly aren’t too many side hustles that have such low expenses and allow you the flexibility of working in blocks throughout the day.
If you want to start your very own blog, I have written a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to set one up here.
#7: Freelance Writing
If you are good at writing, graphic design, transcribing, accounting, web design, marketing or any other skills, there is probably a market out there that would pay for your skills.
And the best part about freelancing for introverts is that you don’t have to go out and meet prospective clients.
The beauty of online marketing and platforms like Freelancer is that you can meet potential clients online from the comfort of your own home.
To get started, make a list of the skills you already have and then update your LinkedIn profile. The best way to is start with the contacts you already have in your field and let them know with a few status updates that you are now available for some freelancing work.
Another great place to look for clients is on Facebook Groups. Find out where your potential clients are hanging out!
This article was a guest post by Shan Jamin of www.youcanescapetheratrace.com
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