Do you avoid all work-related social interactions but hope to find ideal jobs for introverts?
If that’s you, then you need to read this post.
Today, I am going to share perfect jobs for introverts who want to work alone and earn money from home.
It’s true; as an introvert you face a lot of situations where you are either not in the right kind of job or struggling to network with colleagues or having trouble landing any job.
These are the common woes of introverts who want to start a career or look for ways to make money.
According to this survey, extroverts tend to earn more money than introverts for obvious reasons. If you have ever worked in an office as an introvert, you will know how easily extroverted employees take the lead and get better pay.
But not all hope is lost for people who want to work alone.
There are many low-stress jobs that can be done flexibly from home and give you a good income. Most importantly, the fact that you’re an introvert will have no effect on your ability to do these jobs.
Who is an introvert?
An introvert, by definition of PsychlogyToday, prefers to spend time with oneself than others. The term introvert is misinterpreted and symbolized with aloneness and shyness. Being an introvert does not mean that you avoid social interactions; it means that rather than being in a crowded social setup, you prefer one-on-one interaction with people.
I am an introvert by nature and prefer working by myself. I can confidently say that I am most productive and perform better when I am alone and have minimal social interactions.
There are many upsides to being an introvert, like self-motivated, highly reflective, great with written communication, organized, work in a disciplined manner, and work independently without any supervision.
What are the good jobs for introverts?
There are many jobs for introverts that let you work alone and pay well. They might not be your “traditional” jobs, but there are many options if you want to work alone, like blogging or freelance writing.
An ideal introvert job has a job description like:
- Minimal social interaction, like group meetings/collaborations.
- Gives you the freedom to work on your own.
- Provides support when needed to grow professionally.
- No customer facing or leadership roles.
How to search for jobs where you work alone?
Though there are many jobs suitable for introverts, if you are just starting, stay away from customer-facing roles like customer rep or customer champion, etc. You can look for work as a chat agent, where most of the work gets done online. Always read the job description carefully to see if it mentions being on the phone or communicating with clients.
Jobs that let you to work around your schedule with minimal networking can be ideal for you like search engine evaluation.
Here are the best jobs for introverts:
Blogging can be a great choice if you love working by yourself with minimal human interaction. I say minimal because you will be connecting with your readers, which could be over email or social media. Blogging is a top choice for introverts to make money online because it’s an online business where you are your own boss.
I am an introvert by nature, but blogging gave me a great channel to communicate with my readers and help them with their struggles. This has been the most satisfying and profitable business for me where I am earning more than a full-time income, in spite of being an introvert.
Just find out what your passions and interests are, write articles about them, and finally start a blog. That’s the starting step to earning money blogging.
Average Income – $300 to $5,000. I started with $300 and now I earn a full-time income with my blog.
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Did you know that J.K. Rowling is an introvert? She is the woman behind Harry Potter, a super successful fantasy novel. Writing is a creative skill that is often best suited to people who like to work alone. As a freelance writer, you can write for many mediums, become a staff writer, or start your own freelance writing business.
Whichever option you choose, writing can be very fulfilling and can give you the chance to work in your own time without much social interaction. In fact, many successful writers reached the peak in their careers when they worked in solitude.
This could be your top choice of jobs for introverts, if you are the creative type.
Average Income – According to Ziprecruiter, freelance writers earn around $63,000 per year. Starting your own freelancing business has higher earning potential.
Love spending time with pets but not a people person? You might have the right skills to earn money with no human interaction. As a pet carer, you can take care of the furries, have fun, and still have a way to make money. Caring for pets is an excellent choice for someone who loves pets and can do this as a side gig.
Rover is the most popular choice for anyone who loves dogs. You can choose your own timings and have a flexible schedule.
Average Income – Pet sitting gives you around $30,000 per year.
If you are a shutterbug like me and love to work in your own time exploring your creative side, then try becoming a photographer. Over the years of learning and practicing, I have come to understand that this skill can be entirely self-taught, though there are incredible resources to help you learn photography.
You can start your own photography business in whichever niche you choose or apply to companies like Shutterstock that have openings for photographers occasionally.
As a freelance photographer, you have many ways to earn money like selling your prints, listing your photos on stock websites, etc. I genuinely believe that you can do great in this introvert job if you love photography.
Average Income – Freelance photographers earn around $500 to $10,000 per month depending on the experience and niche.
Proofreading is an ideal job you can take up if you love working by yourself. To become a proofreader, you need to have a keen eye for detail, have a good command of the English language, be able to spot mistakes in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, check documents for any errors.
Though some of the companies that hire proofreaders require a related degree for this job, it’s not mandatory. There are many companies like CACTUS, Scribendi, ProofreadingServices.com, etc. that have relevant openings for proofreader positions.
You can also work directly with publishing houses, self-publishing authors, bloggers, businesses, etc. Anyone who publishes content needs a proofreader!
Proofreading is a perfect job for people who want to work online autonomously. If this is something that you would consider doing then register for this FREE workshop to learn about starting a proofreading business.
Average Income – Proofreaders earn around $51,000 per year.
No matter what medium you choose, being an artist is the best fit for an introvert. Art is supposed to be the calling of creative and introspective minds. You can dig into your passion and find your true calling by becoming an artist.
The choices in today’s digital world are infinite like: painting, illustration, drawing, crafting, etc. These creative fields are perfect for someone who loves to work independently and create masterpieces with their craft.
You can learn any of the above skills on platforms like Skillshare or Udemy and start working independently. You can either create a website and offer your products/services, do commission work, sell your stuff, or use marketplaces like Etsy to make money.
Average Income – The income depends on the niche you choose. It can be anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000 per project.
Data entry clerk
Do you have the skill like fast typing and basic understanding of web? Then data entry is an excellent option for you. Working as a data entry clerk, you will be responsible for sorting documents, entering data without any mistakes, input data from documents to spreadsheets or other software.
This job does not require much social interaction, though you will need to be in contact with your team. A larger part of the work done in this job is online.
Many companies ask for a high diploma, good typing speed, and excellent understanding of software like MS Office, Excel, etc. If this interests you, then try applying to Sigtrack, DionData Solutions, AccuTranGlobal, and more.
Average Income – Data entry clerks get paid $21 per hour on average.
If you have exceptional cooking skills and create magical dishes, then try becoming a chef. Chefs do not work in crowded environments making this an excellent choice for introverts.
If working in busy restaurants is a problem for you, try your hand at being a private chef or recipe developer. Recipe developers create unique dishes from scratch for food magazines and hospitality publications.
If your culinary skills are exceptional, you can even sell your products through your website or social media. There are strict qualifications to start this job, but experience does help.
Average Income – Chefs earn around $71,000 per year, and recipe developers make $64,063 per year.
Graphic design is one of the creative pursuits that are high paying and gives you a chance to work independently. There are two ways to start this career. First, you can start freelancing on websites like Fiverr or build a website and offer your services.
This route has minimal social interaction. Second, you can go to job boards like Authentic Jobs and Dribbble to find suitable jobs to work remotely with a company. If you are not bothered by communicating with your team/co-workers regularly, this could be a good option for you.
This career does not require any degree or qualification but having good experience counts.
Average Income – Average salary for a graphic designer is around $48,000. You can set your prices when you freelance.
Online tutoring might sound like an extroverted job because there is undoubtedly a lot of interaction. If you are an introverted person and okay with one-on-one interaction, teaching kids online is another option.
Online teaching involves interacting with kids, preparing for the classes, communicating with your co-workers, etc. You can teach simple conversational English to Chinese kids through companies like VIPKid.
You can also choose to prepare guides and videos with companies like CourseHero, where there is no face-to-face teaching.
The best part about this job is, it’s flexible and pays well.
Average Income – Average pay for VIPKid tutors is $22 per hour.
As a moderator, you can work with companies like ModSquad, Social Element, Crisp Thinking, etc. The job is pretty straightforward and includes moderating chats, social media, and forums of companies. You will be interacting with people, but it will be strictly online.
You will be monitoring and keeping the social media and forum chats in line with company rules. The responsibilities might also include answering emails and replying to emails. The requirements are an excellent knowledge of social media, good written skills, and working without supervision.
As most of the work is done online without much face-to-face interaction, this is an excellent job for introverts who wish to work alone.
Average Income – Moderators earn up to $24 per hour, depending on your experience.
Transcription is the process of converting audio and video files to text. Though this job requires more skills than just typing, you can always get trained to become a Transcriptionist.
You can work for companies like Rev, Quicktate, GoTranscript or take the freelance route to start your own transcription business. Though this job does not require any special qualification, having some prior experience or relevant training is suitable for landing a job. Remote transcription jobs are flexible, pay well, and are introvert-friendly.
Still having thoughts about this career, take this free course to know if this is the right choice for you.
Average Income – Transcriptionists get around $15 per hour, depending on the type of transcription.
Remote IT jobs like web developer, engineer, tester, etc., are also the type of jobs that suit introverts. No doubt, there will be a lot of team interactions and meetings, but it is manageable if you are not highly introverted.
Most of the IT remote workers spend most of the time alone working on projects. Keep in mind that IT jobs require both relevant qualifications and experience to get started. Companies like Toptal, Hotjar, Automattic have jobs related to IT.
Average Income – IT jobs can pay anywhere from $4k to $15k a month, depending on the type of job and experience.
If you are creative and love to work alone, try your hand at selling printables on Etsy. This super-profitable side hustle can become your full-time business and give you the space to work independently. Selling printables on Etsy does not require any experience; all it needs is your creativity to make unique printable designs.
You can choose to make party invitations, checklists, wall art, labels; the list is endless. You can check out Pinterest if you need some inspiration. If you want to dig into this more, check out this interview I did with Julie Berninger, who started this as a side hustle and earns a high income with her Etsy shop.
Average Income – It depends on the type of printables you sell and ranges from $500 to $1,000 per month.
Online research comes in many forms, and the best part about it is you can do it in your own space and solitude. You can be doing simple web searches or rating search engine results, or just answering questions about various topics.
This might not be a full-time job, but it pays your bills. Most of these jobs do not require any qualification or experience. Companies like Wonder, JustAnswer, Maven, 10EQS offer such roles, and you can apply online.
Average Income – You can earn $10—$30 per hour. It depends on the role and the company.
Sell dog treats
I know starting a business might seem overwhelming if you are an introvert. But some businesses do not require you to be an extrovert. You can promote your business on social media or spread the word through your family or friends.
One of such businesses is selling dog treats. I was amazed at the simplicity and earning potential of this business when I first interviewed Kristen Larsen. She started this hustle on the side and now teaches people how to start their own dog treat business successfully.
The things I like about this business? It does not need much investment, easy to learn, and can become your full-time business. And, if you want to learn more, check out this exclusive interview and sign up for her course.
Average Income – You can earn $500—$1000 per month even if you are doing it on the side.
Thrift store flipper
Does selling junk and earning money seem too good to be true to you? Well, it’s a full-time business of my good friends Melissa and Rob. They have been doing this for a long time and love teaching people how to start this business. All you need is an excellent eye to spot the real winners in the junkyards or thrift stores.
I love the fact that you can pick up an item that is junk, make it brand new and sell it for profit. You are reducing landfills and earn money from it! How good is that? Find out more about this introvert-friendly hustle in this free workshop.
Average Income – Depending on how much time you put into this, you can earn a full-time income from this business.
Translation is a very in-demand job for people who are bilingual or know more than one language, and it is also the right choice for someone who is not a people person. Translators or interpreters work for companies like LanguageLine, VerbalizeIt, Gengo, etc.
For many of these companies, you need to pass a test to prove your translation skills and the work is entirely flexible. It can be helpful to get much better pay or more opportunities if you have certifications related to your languages.
Average Income – Translators earn around $48,000 per year.
Social media manager
As a social media manager, you can work on online monitoring, researching, and managing your company’s social media. This job requires you to have excellent writing skills, good knowledge of digital media, and be a creative thinker.
You will be working in the marketing department crafting social media content and analyzing the performance of campaigns. Companies like Robert Half International, ICUC Social, The Social Element, etc., have social media positions available.
Average Income – Social Media Managers earn $53,000 per year.
If you are great with numbers and want to work alone, bookkeeping is a great option. Many work-from-home bookkeeping companies hire remote bookkeepers. The basic requirements include a degree related to bookkeeping and some experience. If you are a beginner in this field, learn how to become a bookkeeper without experience. Another great choice for jobs for introverts.
Belay and ClickAccounts are some of the companies to look for work from home bookkeeping jobs.
Average Income – Bookkeepers earn $42,410 per year according to BLS. You can set your own rates and work for many clients when you start your bookkeeping business even without any experience.
Search engine evaluator
Search engine evaluation is one of the easiest part-time jobs, and I have done it. The job entails rating the results from search engine platforms for user intention. Most of the roles are part-time, flexible, and you can comfortably do from home.
Lionbridge and Appen are two of the most popular websites that hire for these roles.
Average Income – The pay is around $12 to $15 per hour.
Do you love trying new products for free and getting paid for them? If you answered yes, then becoming a product tester is perfect for you. Though this is not a full-time job, it gives you free stuff, and you occasionally get paid for it. Though some companies ask you to record your feedback over the video, most of them are ok with written reviews.
Home Tester Club, PineCone Research, YouGov are some of the legit websites that offer product testing opportunities.
Average Income – You get free products with occasional payments.
There are so many ways you can earn money without much human interaction, and one of them is selling on Amazon FBA. It’s super easy and very profitable. You need no experience to start this hustle, and if this is something that interests you, here is an interview I did with Jessica, who earned over $100,000 in her first year of selling on Amazon.
Average Income – You can earn anywhere between $1,000 to $4,000 a month depending on your effort.
You can do many things as a Virtual Assistant, including admin work, website management, social media management, freelance writing, etc. It is a very flexible job perfect for stay-at-home moms. Here is a complete list of services you can provide as a Virtual Assistant. Many companies like Time etc, Boldly (formerly Worldwide101), Fancy Hands hire virtual assistants regularly. This is one of the best jobs for introverts where you work in your own schedule.
Average Income – Freelance Virtual Assistants earn $35 to $50 an hour depending on the services they provide.
Passive income jobs for introverts
Rent free space for storage
You can earn passive income by renting your free space with Neighbor. Neighbor is an online marketplace that connects hosts and renters for storage. If you have a garage or a free room in your house, or an empty parking space, you can rent it out for storage.
Wondering how it works? It’s simple. As a host, you sign up and list your space with a good description, photos, and price. Once your space is chosen by a renter, you can discuss the details via the app.
How much you earn depends on the place and the city you live in. You are paid via direct deposit every month.
Rent your car
Being an introvert does not mean you cannot earn money. It can be as simple as renting your car. If you don’t use your car much, you can rent it on websites like Turo and Getaround.
The most significant advantage of this peer-to-peer car renting marketplace is you get $1,000,000 insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance. So no worries about handing over your car to strangers.
You just have to list your car giving all the details including when it’s available for lease. All the handing over will be done through the Turo and Getaround apps, so there is no need for you to communicate with the person. Great passive income gig if you are an introvert!
Use your computer
Here’s another “no work needed” gig if you are on your computer a lot. If you work online and need to do most of your work on your laptop, just use the Nielsen App and earn $50 a year in passive income. This app is backed by the legit Nielsen company that is a leader in market research. Your personal data is not recorded, so there’s no need to be concerned about privacy.
You just need to download the app and do your usual work. As long as the app is running, you will earn free money.
Tips to start an introvert job without feeling overwhelmed
Starting a new job is nerve-racking for anyone, and it’s more so if you are an introvert. Whether it is a remote job or a desk job, you can use the below tips to ease into your new career.
- Understand the job responsibilities and get to know your team. You might not communicate with them much but knowing your team gives you a better understanding of the job.
- Make your co-workers know about how you work and your schedules. It’s always great to share your working style with your team and avoid any future mess-ups. It’s okay to take help if you need it.
- As an introvert, you might overanalyze and become anxious about starting your job. Take some time for yourself and get used to the new setup. You can work during weekends or start your day early to create your own work routine.
- Use your introvert qualities to your advantage. A remote worker doing their best work without any supervision is the biggest asset to any company.
There are many jobs where you work alone.
Finding legitimate and good paying jobs from home can be hard, especially if you are an introvert. Just be open to new areas of working and be ready to learn new skills to find the right job for you. In fact, there are many creative jobs that are especially suited for introverts, all you have to do is dig deeper.
Just believe in yourself and find your dream job!
You’re a wonderful blogger! You have great information to offer anyone looking for jobs. I’d like to become a blogger but don’t know how to. I’m an introvert as well so that I feel will be a great fit for me.
Thank you so much for your kind words! Blogging can be great for people who are not very social but it does require you to network with your blogging peers. It’s a great way to earn money from home, if you want a flexible business.