This “ Extra Income Ideas For Introverts “ is a post that details some of the ways that introverts like me can earn additional money. This post contains affiliate links/ads. See disclosure policy. Updated on Sept 30, 2016.
I consider myself as an introvert and definitely would not be able to successfully do jobs that entail speaking in front of many people and interacting with them. As an introvert, I’d rather sit down in my office, do my own work, and go home after 8 or 9 hours. But it’s definitely different when we are talking about the internet.
One of the things about the internet is that there are endless opportunities to earn additional money or even a living whether you are an introvert or extrovert. You can be a well-known blogger and earn a ton of money and still remain as introvert as you want to be. Basically, your blog and blog contents speak for yourself (well, pretty much).
In the past couple of years, I researched and, fortunately, found some side hustles for introverts, side hustles that allow a person to stay away, for the most part, from dealing face-to-face with people but still help one earn money. While I didn’t manage to try all the ones listed below, I believe that these can work really well for introverts.
- 20+ Best Apps That Pay Hundreds
- 10+ Best Survey Sites To Make Thousands A Year
- 25+ Survey Sites That Will Add $600/Month Or More
Extra Income Ideas For Introverts
I may try all of these side hustles later on but for now, I am good with just doing some. I’m not shutting down the doors to some of the other opportunities here but I like to focus on just a few and be great at them, then, move on to the next one while keeping the old side hustles going. Here are the extra income ideas for introverts I found online.
So far, the most successful side hustle I have ever done (to date) is blogging. I have only been blogging for 6 months but I have already made at least $8,500. I took a chance, paid around $100 for a year for hosting and domain name, and the rest is history.
Even though there are ups and downs with blogging, in my opinion, the ups far outweigh the downs.
I like blogging because it gives me an outlet to share my thoughts, experiences, and wisdom on personal finance. Yes, I spent a ton of hours setting up my blog, writing contents, answering comments from readers, etc. But when I see and/or read comments or messages from people that tell me they get inspired by my stories, I feel that I do something good for and to other people.
Not sure if blogging is for you or don’t know where to start? My tutorial will help you establish a blog in 15 minutes or less. You can also sign up for a FREE Blogging course, which is valued over $400 and also gives you access to an EXCLUSIVE Facebook group dedicated to supporting bloggers and help them grow their blog traffic and income. Again, access to these course and group is FREE.
Uber EATS Driver
While you may need to be extrovert and need to get along with your customers, being an Uber EATS may be different. With Uber EATS, all you need to do is deliver food from the restaurant to the person who bought food for delivery. It’s that simple.
A friend of mine told me that he gets roughly $3 per delivery and get paid around $10-20/hour depending on the market and the day of the week.
Check out this link if you city is included. If not, don’t feel bad. Uber EATS may eventually come to your city.
Investor (stock market)
There is money to be earned in investing. My net worth has substantially increased in the past two years because of my investment returns. I personally know people who have invested in the stock market and have amassed quite a bit of money in the process. While investing in the stock market can be profitable, it takes skill and knowledge to be successful in investing.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t succeed in investing if you don’t possess the skill and the knowledge. There are market products that help you invest based on your risk tolerance, purpose, etc. You can seek help from the traditional brokers or you can use online brokers.
Nowadays, you can invest as little as $1 or a couple of cents. The world of the stock market has changed to cater to the needs and financial capacity of the investors.
If you ever want to dip your feet in stock market investing and don’t want to shell a lot of money right now, I highly recommend Acorns. You can invest as little as $0.01 through Acorns. Acorns will roundup your purchase and invest your spare change.
For example, you purchased an item for $9.59. Acorns will round it up to $10.00 and invest the difference, $0.41, to various ETFs? It invests your spare change automatically. If you sign up via this link, you will get $5 BONUS.
I highly recommend Personal Capital as well. It’s a FREE financial aggregator site. It can house all your personal loans, investments, credit cards, etc. into one place. It can analyze your portfolio and identify which areas you are spending a lot of money. It can help you project if you are in good shape for retirement. These are just a few of the benefits when you sign up for the FREE Personal Capital.
Before investing, I highly suggest that you read and get familiarized with the different investing strategies. I recommend the following books to help you learn more about investing:
- The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing
- A Beginner’s Guide to Investing: How to Grow Your Money the Smart and Easy Way
- Investing 101: From Stocks and Bonds to ETFs and IPOs, an Essential Primer on Building a Profitable Portfolio (Adams 101)
Do you like shopping? Do you want to shop and get paid at the same time? If your answer is yes, then, being a shopper is the right job for you. A while back, one of my friends was a shopper for ShoppingJobs. When I first published this post a couple of months ago, she hurriedly told me to include her part-time fun job in the list.
As a shopper, you are compensated when you test products, services, and/or give feedback on those tested products/services. There’s no membership fee to join ShoppingJobs. Evaluation varies and it can range from 2 to 15 minutes in length. Once you registered to this link, you will be given a list of evaluations available that you can participate in. For more information, please visit ShoppingJobs.
When I started blogging and not earning even a single dime, I thought of becoming a freelance writer to make some money online.
You can earn $1 per article or more than $300 per article, depending on the topic and niche. Your pay rate will also depend on your skill level, experience in writing, and sample writing. You can search online or your friend Google for the best places to get some freelance writing work.
I highly recommend Upwork (it used to be called oDesk). You can create your own profile, your pay rate, experience, and others. You can also apply for jobs published in the said site. While UpWork was my first or second stop before jumping into blogging, I was able to make a sweet $125 for creating a questionnaire for a client who was based in Australia.
If you want to start freelance writing, it’s a good start to read these books:
- The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms
- Make Money As A Freelance Writer: 7 Simple Steps to Start Your Freelance Writing Business and Earn Your First $1,000
- Freelance Writing On The Side: From No Experience to a 4 Figure a Month Business in Less Than 30 Days
I asked my wife how much money we earn every month from surveys and she said around $150 – $250/month. Though it’s not a lot of money for some people, this amount certainly pays some of our bills, which means that the portion of my salary that would go to bills end up going to saving because our survey money takes care of those bills.
If you have plenty of time to spare and wouldn’t mind spending time for surveys, then, please take those surveys. But if you are crunch on time, then, taking surveys is may not be for you. Some surveys will pay cents but some will pay a few dollars to even $100 per survey. While this big amount is like a needle in a haystack, I’ve heard a few people who earn this amount per survey.
Here are some of the survey sites that my wife and I go to. Well, I should say these are the sites my wife goes to because I don’t put in as much as time as she does since I focus on my day job and blog. The surveys indicated below are FREE to sign up.
- MySurvey (World’s #1 Survey Site; Earn 2,000 points as a sign-up bonus and up to $5 per survey…. That’s a big amount for a survey)
- Survey Savvy (Earn $5 per device per month or up to $180 per year easily)
- Smart Panel (Earn $5 per device per month plus quarterly loyalty bonus)
- Toluna Opinions (We’ve earned over $300 worth of prizes and gift cards in just a couple of months)
- Vindale Research (My wife and I earn $100-$150/month and around $200/month for friend referrals)
- Neilsen Digital Voice (Earn without taking a survey)
- Pinecone Research (Earn $3 per survey)
- EarningStation (Earn $10 after 5 site signups)
- Harris Poll Online (Earn while you surf online)
Virtual Assistants (VAs), in general, provide support to those online business owners. These assistants can be administrative, social media, technical, or something else in nature.
Some VAs make as much as $15/hr. When I first started looking for VA to keep my social media accounts updated, some VAs quoted me $17/hr. Of course, I didn’t have the money back then to hire a VA so I didn’t hire one. I still don’t hire a VA because I can still effectively manage my accounts (I think). But what I am saying is that, you can earn a living as a VA, which really doesn’t require you to be extrovert.
Please be aware that if you start working as a VA, please don’t expect that you are going to make a good wage right away. As in many other professions, your pay is also based your skill sets, job requirements, and experience.
How I wish I had a nicer, newer car so I could be a driver for Lyft/Uber. Unfortunately, my car is almost 10 years old and I don’t think riders would be happy riding in it.
Taxis are now being replaced by Lyft/Uber services. I know of a lot of people who are Lyft/Uber drivers and make good money. For one, my nephew makes $400 a month driving for the mentioned companies. If you have a vehicle in excellent condition and don’t mind adding extra miles to your car, you may want to consider this side hustle to earn extra money.
If you don’t mind taking passengers for a ride and don’t mind chatting and being friendly with people, then, you will do just fine being a Lyft/Uber driver.
If you like flexible hours and shopping, at the same time, then, working as a mystery shopper may be a job for you. Because mystery shopping is not a fixed job unlike the regular 8-5 job, mystery shoppers get paid, mostly, on an hour basis and the per hour rate depends on the type of the job. Having said this, there are times when mystery shoppers get paid on salary basis or flat rate, depending on the job.
As with VAs, mystery shoppers who are just starting out will be paid much less than who have been doing the exact or similar jobs for a number of years.
When you are looking for a mystery shopping job, make sure that this is a legitimate job. Mystery shopping jobs don’t require applicants to pay a fee to become mystery shoppers. Market Force Information is one of the good mystery shopping companies out there. For more information on legitimate companies, check out Mystery Shopping Providers Association of America (MSPA-NA).
If you have a computer or laptop at home and have good typing skills, then, data encoding may be the right job for you. While data encoding may be a part of the job of a Virtual Assistant, it is primarily the job of a data encoder.
Some companies opt to hire freelance data encoder than hire full-time, in-house data encoders for many reasons. One of these reasons is that some companies will find savings (e.g. not providing paid leave and insurance) in hiring freelance data encoder.
As data encoder, you can get paid minimum wage or at least $18/hour, depending on your experience, skill level, and job requirement. Imagine sitting at home, doing the work, listening to music, and still get paid.
If you’ve gone to Amazon and see some products are “Fulfilled By Amazon” (FBA), more likely than not, these products are products sold by individuals and merchants.
If you have keen eyes for bargains and are able to purchase products for deep discounts, then, you may want to consider selling through Amazon. I’m not kidding but I saw an article featuring a couple who makes $100,000 per month. Yes, that’s per month not per year.
Actually, I am trying FBA this time around. I’ve read a ton of blog posts detailing how people make good amount of money. I am currently in the process of getting all my products labeled and packed so I can send them to Amazon.
Remember that there are risks associated with selling through Amazon (e.g. your products are not getting sold and you get charged monthly fees for storing products at Amazon warehouse). I recommend you check out these books to get familiar with the ins and outs of FBA:
- FBA – Building an Amazon Business – The Beginner’s Guide: Why and How to build a profitable business on Amazon
- Introduction to Sales Tax for Amazon FBA Sellers: Information and Tips to Help FBA Sellers Understand Tax Law
Before I began blogging, one of the side hustles I tried was website testing. While I only did it for not more than 2 months, I was able to make around $50 in 2 months.
As a website tester, you may be able to earn as much as $10 per 20-30 minutes. Not bad right. While it is a side hustle, gigs for website testing are really sporadic. Nonetheless, if you have time to spare, you may want to consider this side hustle.
One of the most-well known companies that hire website tester is UserTesting.
The first time I heard about this job was when I was in college back in the Philippines. One of my classmates was a medical transcriptionist for an American company.
While you can’t just apply and get a job, this is a job that you can do at home. You need to understand medical terminology, to start with, and have the skill sets to understand what you are transcribing. Medical transcriptionists generally need post-secondary education. You don’t want to transcribe voice recordings of physicians and healthcare professionals into written reports and make mistakes in the process. The result may be detrimental to the patients.
For the past 3 or 4 years, I have been working as a part-time bookkeeper on the side. I used to make $1,400 before but now I make around $700 because I cut back on working hours.
If you are good with numbers, have background in accounting, and have extra time, then, bookkeeping may provide you some additional cash. For the most part, I encode the transactions that my boss gives me. I also create payroll and file the appropriate tax returns.
I don’t intend to make this bookkeeping as a full-time business but there are a lot of people who have gone to create full-scale bookkeeping businesses. As long as there are companies who need their books maintained and/or straightened out, there will be a need for bookkeeping services.
Do you ever want to publish a book but no publishing companies want to publish your piece of work (sorry for putting too many of the same words)? Don’t worry you have the option to self-publish.
While there’s no guarantee that you can earn as much as when your book is published and marketed by publishing companies, you can certainly publish it by yourself. I heard a lot of people who earn at least $30,000 per month by self-publishing e-books on Amazon.
Writing a book is not for the faint of heart. It takes a ton of hours to write a book not including time for editing and marketing.
Are you an introvert and can’t seem to find jobs that fit your needs? Do you know of any other jobs that introvert people can really excel on?