I’m an introvert. There’s no disputing the facts — it’s who I am. What can I say? I’d rather sit at my desk and get my work done more than anything else. Sales? Working with people? Public speaking? Yeah, that’s gonna be no for me. I’ll be honest. It’s not a bad thing at all.
I’ve always been an introvert and I always will be. I don’t hate people. I love (certain) people! And I’m not a total hermit but I seriously struggle with socializing and putting myself out there. Which is why I love blogging so much. It’s my little oasis where I can be myself. Completely and effortlessly.
And for anyone that knows me, I’m a huge fan of side hustles. I’ve had so many gigs in my life — dating back to early high school. I’m a creative and I’ve definitely used to that my advantage over the years for income. They’re an awesome way to get some extra cash, but so many side hustles out there have some mega face-to-face action (like babysitting and making sales.) So dude, what’s an introverted girl like me to do?
Great news is just because you’re an introvert doesn’t mean you’re out of luck.
You can still rake in some of that sweet side chedda. There’s plenty to go around, babe. There are so many options out there for introverted creatives that want to supplement their incomes, but don’t necessarily want to work with the public all the time. The wonderful thing about the internet is that there are endless opportunities out there that you may not even know about.
So lucky for you, I’ve put together this snazzy list of side hustles for introverts!
Alright, now let’s address the big elephant in the room: blogging. Yep, you can make some serious moolah by being a blogger. This is one of my favorite side hustles for introverts because most of the time, it’s just me and my keyboard.
I’ve been blogging seriously for about 9 months and I’ve made over $1,000 and that is not including the hundreds of dollars worth of free products I’ve been given. I know that a thousand bucks in 9 months might be chump change to some people out there, but I file that away as a major win in my book. (2019 update: I now blog as my full-time career!)
I’m still fairly new at the whole blogging thing, but I’m learning new things every day and that is contributing to my income in the future. I’ll tell ya right now. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme, but there is potential to make a good living from it. You have to put in the work. You can definitely make some nice side cash with it to cover bills and expenses, plus there are very low startup fees + investments associated with blogging.
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2. POD Shops
Are you a designer? An artist? How about a photographer?
If so, this side gig might be right up your alley. As an introverted creative myself, I discovered that I love designing graphics. So naturally, as the side hustler I am, I set up my own POD shop to sell my designs. Now you might be asking “Amanda, what the heck is a POD shop?”
Do not fret. POD stands for Print on Demand. Print-on-demand is a type of service when you can upload designs to a website and then they are virtually placed on a wide range of different products that users and can browse through and purchase.
When someone browsing on the POD shop picks your design and purchases it, it automatically gets printed out on the product and you make a sweet little commission or royalty off the sale of your artwork.
So if you’re a photographer, you can upload your photos on canvas, mugs, plates, keychains, phone cases — you name it. If you’re a graphic designer, you can upload funny t-shirt designs or invitations. The options are endless.
I make a decent amount of side cash from selling my designs on Zazzle. I have over 400 designs uploaded onto my shop and I’ve made a total $2,800 from it. The best part is just how easy it is to use. You make a design once and leave it alone. Then it sells over and over again by itself.
If you’re not a designer or you’re not a creative at all, don’t worry. There’s a spot for you on Zazzle too. They have a referral program where you can give out your link and you’ll earn referrals on purchases made by anyone clicking your link.
And Zazzle isn’t the only POD shop out there. You can get more eyes on your designs by uploading them to various websites like it:
3. Freelance writer
If you’re more of a writer and might not be into blogging, then try your hand at freelance writing. You don’t have to write your own blog, you can write for others! There are so many websites out there on the world wide web.
And yes, they need content and you’re just the one for the job. Go pro and write articles in your favorite niche and you could be earning hundreds of dollars in side cash every month.
This isn’t a get rich quick scheme either (none on this list are!) so it could take some time to build a full-on freelance writing career or business. But it’s definitely possible to land some part-time entry-level writing gigs.
Sign up on Fiverr or Upwork and start finding some jobs. This might be low-paying to keep that in mind when browsing through for jobs. Many freelancer writers can earn $25 per blog post. More experienced freelancers can land writing projects that can pay thousands of dollars. I’ve been able to make over $300 a month with freelance writing! And that was in my very first month.
It really does depend, but the best part is that you can write from anywhere and at any time.
4. Publish and sell an ebook
Put this side hustle on my to-do list! Aside from blogging and freelance writing you can become an author and publish your very own ebook. Is there a topic or niche out there that you’re an expert on? Writing a book doesn’t have to be as hard as it is. If you’ve always dreamed of writing a book but the attention with promotion, readings, and interview have you shaking in your socks, then don’t worry.
You can low-key write a book without all the hassles. It can be as simple as writing the material, creating a cover, and converting it into a PDF. It can be anything you want it to be and you do can whatever level of promotion you are comfortable with. Then, you can sell your ebook on Amazon or on your own blog or website.
5. Captioner, Transcriptionist, or Translator
Ever wondered how those captions actually got on your screen? We hardly ever think of captions and how they got there. It’s easy to forget that someone out there had to type them up first! And what about translations? Here’s where Rev comes in.
Rev is a website that offers various services for their clients:
- Audio & Video Transcription Services
- Video Captions & Subtitles
- Translation Services
If any of these services sound like something you could do and you’ve got great typing skills, then you should definitely try out a side hustle of being a captioner, transcriptionist, or translator.
There is a lengthy application process and you aren’t always approved, but once you’re in all you have to do is type what you hear, submit it to them, and then get paid. The average captioner can make around $240 a month while the top captioners can take home up to $1,500 a month.
6. Pet sitter / Dog Walker
Are you an animal lover? I sure am. Rover is an awesome way to set up a pet-sitting or dog-walking business straight out of your home. Pet sitters that treat Rover like a part-time job and take two or three dogs for two weeks each month can earn about $1,000 a month. If you put in more hours and are working 4 weeks out of the month and taking two or three dogs at a time, you can earn an average of $3,300 per month.
Could be a great gig if you’re willing to put in the time, go out and about, and take care of these cute lil doggos.
7. Website developer
This one might not be for just anyone and it is not an easy skill to learn. Website development is great for those who are tech savvy and know how to code. You could design websites from scratch for your clients or create WordPress themes and sell them online.
You only need to communicate with clients via email so it’s perfect for those who are introverted or want to work remotely whether at home in your PJs or from a coffee shop in Thailand. How much you can make really depends on your skill level.
Entry level web developers can make maybe $25 an hour while a seasoned web developer can charge upwards of $250 an hour. It also depends if you are aiming to charge hourly or project-based.
8. Graphic designer
You’ll need to have an eye for design if you want to try your hand at graphic design. Introverted creatives are the perfect fit for this side hustle. Graphic design, especially in the blogging world, is always high in demand.
You can offer these services on your own website or blog or you can list your services on Fiverr and Upwork to land your first paying client. How much you can earn from this also varies as well depending on how experienced you are as a designer.What side hustle is right for you? Take this awesome quiz to find out! Click To Tweet
9. Virtual assistant
Make money from home as a virtual assistant! A virtual assistant is an online assistant or freelancer who helps bloggers and businesses with everyday tasks. There are so many duties and tasks that a VA can do. Here are some things you can expect to do with a VA side gig:
- Creating graphics
- Editing and proofreading
- Managing email inboxes
- Sending invoices
- Social media management
- Scheduling meetings
and much more! An entry level VA can expect to make about $10-$12 an hour and the more experienced VAs can make anywhere from $30-$50 an hour.
10. Online Surveys and Cash Back
Alright, now you won’t make hundreds of dollars on this but it could help out here and there with certain expenses. Taking surveys online are super easy and you can score a bunch of different gift cards by taking them. You can earn an extra $250+ a month with these top paying survey sites.
And if you’re not a fan of online surveys, a super easy way I’ve made side cash in a similar way is attending focus groups and market research in your area. I’ve earned over $600 from focus groups in the last few years.
Aside from online surveys and focus groups, another way you can earn + save cash is through cash back apps. There are apps out there that let you get money back from certain purchases and you can either redeem them for cash, gifts cards, and more!
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11. Etsy Shop
Are you crafty? If you know how to create beautiful, handmade goods then Etsy might be the right place for you! Turn your hobby or talent into a full on side gig and you’ll be raking in the cash in no time.
Etsy is great because your products get listed in the marketplace for all to see. You’ll want to promote your products, but you won’t need to worry about starting from scratch since there are almost 30 million active buyers on the website.
If you’re an artist, you could sell your paintings or if you sew you could sell hand-sewn goodies. But Etsy is not just for physical products. You can actually sell digital products as well. Graphic designers that don’t want to be working on their own and with clients can sell pre-made logos, printables, digital downloads and more on Etsy!
There are fees for listing products on Etsy so you do have to invest a little if you’re planning on listing many products at once. The amount of money you can make on the platform can vary a lot so there’s no exact figure I can give you that you can expect to earn. Etsy shops are businesses and you have to put in the work and promote your listings so you can start seeing a pretty penny from it.
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12. Lyft/Uber driver
Uber and Lyft are really popular right now. So many people are using this as the perfect way to supplement their incomes. Being a rideshare driver has some serious cash potential and it is extremely flexible.
You get to choose when you want to drive. It’s all about your schedule and when you’re ready to accept passengers.
There is no exact salary you can expect to earn with ridesharing side hustles because there are so many factors that come into play like gas, insurance, how many rides you give an hour and how many hours you put in a week. So if you don’t mind driving a lot or being in traffic, you could definitely be a driver!
Calling all fashionistas! Thrifting is a side hustle and you could totally make some extra #GirlBoss cash with a gig like this. Scour your local thrift shops for cheap treasures. You could find beautiful vintage pieces and either flip them or sell them as is online, in auctions, or garage sales.
It’s possible to find some awesome collectibles — just make sure to always have your phone on you so you can search up the value of something and what it’s going for on the internet. You might overlook some cool, lucrative finds.
Get to know your local thrift stores and be patient. Don’t expect to find a million dollar necklace, but you might find something for $5 that you could flip and sell for $50. Who knows.
If you don’t mind some one-on-one time, you could be a tutor. As an introvert myself, I feel much better socializing and working with one or a handful of people at a time rather than large groups. If you’re the same and you’re a pro at a particular subject then this might be the gig for you. You could tutor younger kids in English, Mathematics, or Science. Or you could tutor high school students for the SAT. There are a lot of options when it comes to tutoring.
You could do them face-to-face out of the comfort of your home, travel to the student’s home, or even tutor online!
If tutoring online is more your style, you could tutor students on Chegg. Chegg tutors can tutor from anywhere in the world and can tutor in endless different topics. All you need is internet access and you’ll be making $20 bucks an hour. The top earners on Chegg tutors earn $1,000+ per month.
See? Side hustling is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re outgoing, shy, introverted, or extroverted. There is something out there for you. The amount of money you can earn can vary widely. Some of these can simply cover your groceries and gas money while others can turn into businesses + full-time careers. It’s up to you.
The sky’s the limit, babe.
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