It’s no secret that side hustles allow you extra money to play within your budget. But when you’re an introvert and don’t want to deal with customer service or people in general, many side hustle options go out the window. However, there are a few side hustles for introverts, and they’re pretty well paid too.
The 10 Best Side Hustles for Introverts
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Interested in learning more? You should! There’s some serious money to be made here! Check out all the below options for the best side hustles for introverts that you may not have known even existed.
1) Freelance Writing
One of the best side hustles for introverts is something that I’m actually doing right now. Freelance writing is a great way to earn supplemental income, while also staying out of the spotlight and not dealing with customers. While you will have to find clients and coordinate what you’ll write, most is done via email or text.
For me, many of my writing clients have come after I pitched to a few back in 2015 and 2016. Now, most are referred to me. Pitching doesn’t have to be hard. You can either check out job posting boards like ProBlogger and pitch, or cold pitch to a website that you like and follow. A quick email on your rate, what you like to write about, and what you have to offer can go a long way.
(FYI – Life And My Finances is hiring freelance writers all the time! Contact us here if you’re interested.)
2) Online Store Owner
Do you like creating products? Or, do you have an eye for items on a super discount that you can sell for a profit? If you said yes to either of these, you could be an online store owner. Dropshipping, wholesale buying and selling, and homemade products can fetch a pretty penny on websites like Amazon, or through your own store through a shop like Shopify.
- For example, if you’re always saying witty things and have an eye for design, you may be able to put your sayings on t-shirts and sell them for a profit.
- Or, you could create cute and wholesome mugs, like the popular llama mugs, and sell those.
Anything you can think of can be sold online, so keep that creativity flowing.
As an online store owner, you would need to know the basic knowledge of SEO, marketing, sales, and even shipping and handling if you plan on making and shipping your products yourself. However, besides a few emails or comments, you won’t have to worry about customer service!
This is another one of the best side hustles for introverts, and it’s something that I still do when I find the time. While taking surveys is the least paid option this list (and Derek doesn’t recommend messing with it), I still believe it’s a great way to earn some extra cash. When I was taking surveys more frequently, I could easily make another $300-$500 a month in gift cards and cash. Now, I just accumulate my points and cash them out as Christmas gift cards for friends and family.
Maybe you don’t like people. That’s okay. But do you like animals? If you said yes, pet sitting is a great side hustle for you.
There are a few requirements for most pet sitting websites like Rover, but for the most part, all you have to do is set up a profile and start accepting clients.
You can do everything from…
- pet walking,
- checking in on animals, and
- pet sitting them in your home or the client’s home.
The more options you offer, the more likely you are to get some bookings.
The best part is that you can do this on your own time. You also get to play with puppies (big and small), cats, and more. Who doesn’t love their cute little faces? This is a dream side hustle!
If you don’t want to spend a bunch of money on products as an online store owner, try being a reseller. You can find thrift store goodies like clothes and home goods, and flip them to make a profit.
There are many ways to resell items, including on sites like:
- eBay, and
- Facebook Marketplace.
How much you communicate with people will depend on you, your policies, and how you offer your items. For example, if you’re shipping items, you most likely won’t communicate with many people. But if you decide to sell in person, you will have to meet with people to make the exchange.
If you have an eye for fashionable and in-season items, reselling clothes is a great way to earn some money while being in the comfort of your own home.
If you have an accounting degree or at least basic knowledge in accounting, you could always work from home and side hustle as a bookkeeper. How busy you are will depend on you, but a few monthly retainer clients should be a great place to start as a side hustle.
Many small businesses and entrepreneurs need help keeping their finances and revenue in order. So being a bookkeeper is not only supporting someone else, but it’s a great way to earn money without doing a ton of talking. For the most part, you’ll be dealing with spreadsheets and accounting software.
7) Self-Published Author
This is one of the more difficult side hustles to make money from, but it is worth mentioning. If you’re great at writing and want to write about topics outside of blogging, you could always try writing your own books and selling them on Amazon. You’ll have to do a bit of marketing, and it may take a minute to see the money start rolling in, but it can be worth it if you want to be an author.
Writing and self-publishing a book also doesn’t really require any money upfront.
- You can write and edit your novel in Word or Google Docs,
- format it using a free online software, and
- upload it right onto Amazon as an ebook (free of charge until it sells).
Related: How to Self-Publish Your Book
- You sign up,
- take the test, and if you’re a good fit…
- they’ll bring you on for projects.
They assign the project to you and you complete it within a certain time frame, and you get paid. Super simple.
Love graphic design, coding, or creating items like stickers? Become a digital product creator.
With many businesses online or brick and mortar with an online presence, many are looking for digital options to save them time and money.
Creating items like…
- social media templates,
- PowerPoint presentations, and even
- website themes could earn you a pretty penny.
You can even sell digital printouts like planner inserts, cash envelope designs, and more.
If you’re super techy and love coding, you could make a small fortune with this side hustle. Coding is super “in” right now, and not going away anytime soon. Plus, many companies will outsource this to freelancers and side hustlers because they’re often cheaper in the long run than to hire someone in-house.
If you’re confident enough to pitch your services and show off your portfolio, you’ll have no trouble finding clients looking for help on coding websites, apps, and more. And once you pitch, you’re pretty much left alone until the project is finished. This side hustle is mostly tech and behind the scenes, so it’s a great option for introverts. Biggest perks? You can do it in your pajamas too.
The Best Side Hustles For Introverts
While some of these options still require talking to people at least once. The fact is that they’re very far from customer service options or hustles like food delivery where you talk to so many people in one shift. These are the best side hustles for introverts because they don’t require much interaction for you to be successful and earn money from them. And what introvert doesn’t love minimal interaction?
Which of the above options are you going to try? Do you already do some of them? Tell us in the comments below!
AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard
Kim Studdard is a strategy consultant and course launching expert. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or crying over This Is Us, you'll find her teaching other mompreneurs how to scale their business without scaling their workload.