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 work, and go home after 8 or 9 hours. But it’s different when we are talking about the internet.

One of the things about the web 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 make a ton of money and remain as introvert as you want to be. 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 well for introverts.

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.

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 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 round up your purchase and invest your spare change. For example, you bought an item for $9.59. Acorns will round it up to $10.00 and invest the difference, $0.41, in various ETFs? It invests your spare change automatically. If you sign up via this link, you will get $5 BONUS.


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 on 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 assessments available that you can participate in. For more information, please visit ShoppingJobs.

Read: 5 Sites To Make More Money Through Shopping

Survey Taker

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.


Freelance Writer

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 profile, your pay rate, experience, and others. You can also apply for jobs published on 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.


So far, the most successful side hustle I have ever done (to date) is blogging. I have only been blogging for six 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.

If you ever wish to create and monetize your blog, I have blog tutorial that details how you can create a blog in 15 minutes or less. If you sign up using my link, you can have your blog for just $3.95/month through Bluehost. You’ll get FREE domain for one year, WordPress Hosting, and more. If you’re scared to start a blog, don’t be ‘because I was like you back then.

I took a chance, and it paid off. I earned at least $8,500 even though I’ve only been blogging for six months. For $3.95/month, you have little or nothing to lose but, potentially, a ton to gain.

Read: Is Blogging For You? The Truths About Blogging

Virtual Assistant

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 actually manage my accounts (I think). But what I am saying is that you can earn a living as a VA, which 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 real wage right away. As in many other professions, your pay is also based your skill sets, job requirements, and experience.

Lyft/Uber Driver

How I wish I had a nicer, newer car so I could be a driver for Lyft/Uber. Unfortunately, my car is almost ten 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 a lot of people who are Lyft/Uber drivers and make real 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.


Mystery Shopper

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 a 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 positions for some 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 real mystery shopping companies out there. For more information on legitimate companies, check out Mystery Shopping Providers Association of America (MSPA-NA).

Data Encoder

If you have a computer or laptop at home and have excellent 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.

FBA Reseller

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 can 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.

I am trying FBA this time around. I’ve read a ton of blog posts detailing how people make a 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).

Website Tester

Before I began blogging, one of the side hustles I tried was site testing. While I only did it for not more than two 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 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.

Medical Transcriptionist

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 know what you are transcribing. Medical transcriptionists 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2015 median pay was $16.77 per hour. That is something to think about.  Here are some transcriptionist jobs you may want to browse through.


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 a 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 accounting businesses. As long as there are companies who need their books maintained and/or straightened out, there will be a need for accounting services.

Read: 100 Best Ways To Earn Extra Money Fast


Do you ever want to publish a book but no publishing companies want to post 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 indeed 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 be good at doing?

28 thoughts on “Reduce The Food Budget: Feed A Family For $150 A Month”

  1. Great post! I recently adopted a similar approach to treat meat as a garnish and I can’t tell you how much my wallet has thanked me. Not only am I eating healthier, but I’m also feeling less bogged down after meals.

    Thanks for sharing these tips! We recently went through a revamp of our own grocery budget and have successfully cut it in half, all while feeling better about the food we make. We even enjoy the food we eat now more than before, although it might involve a bit more cooking effort. If you add the time spent waiting at restaurants, then I still think we’re coming out ahead in terms of saving time and money.

    1. Meat was like the biggest chunk of our budget. So, we decided to view meat as accent not the main ingredient. Boom.. our grocery bills drastically reduced. Plus, we feel better now because we eat a lot of veggies and fruits.

  2. Allan – Amen to the overly complicated meals! My wife and I saw that we were doing that and we would end up throwing a lot of food away. This was a drag on our finances and it’s not very friendly to the environment.

    I am a big fan of 5 ingredient dump meals. You get five basic ingredients and dump them on a slow cooker before work. Boom. Cheap dinner. As a bonus you can freeze them before hand to save time in the morning.

    1. Yes, I like those 5 ingredient meals. We always do those with our best friend crockpot.

  3. A little bit of math tells that for two people you average about 83 cents per person per meal each month. Include your daughter in the math and that’s closer to 65 cents a serving. All I can say is ‘wow!’ It would be wonderful if you could share a typical shopping list, I have a lot to learn!

    1. Give and take, yes, you are right. The truth is if we want to go a little bit more frugal we would be able to do it because some of the dishes that we are familiar with (i.e. Asian dishes) cost a little to make. But of course, my daughter’s palate is different that my wife and I’s palates.

  4. As our boys have entered their teenage years, we’re finding it hard to keep to our food budget. They never stop eating.

    But I guess it’s only natural being teenagers who also competitively swim for 2 hours every day.

    1. Yes. I remember those days when I would consume a ton of food after doing some swimming. Yes, it’s natural especially for boys.

    1. Thanks. They are simple tips but they really help or helped us reduce our grocery bill.

  5. This is really helpful–especially all the links and resources at the end! Definitely going to check out some of those recipes before my next grocery trip. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for saying that. Yes, those recipes at the end are our cheat sheet (most of the time) when we do our grocery list.

  6. $150 is amazing, Allan! Not making complicated recipes is great advice. Our meals are very simple at my house, but we make sure to keep a good supply of herbs and spices to make it taste great. The thing we really need to work on is limiting the amount of meat we eat as I think we could reduce our grocery spending further.

    1. Herbs and spices are necessities in our kitchen since they can be used for a lot of dishes or just about any dishes. Yes, meat are expensive and we decided to use it as accent not the main ingredient in a dish.

    1. Oh, I love Aldi. It’s not a big store but I get just about everything I need from that store.

  7. Cutting back on meat was by far the most money saving tip I ever heard. I didn’t believe it, but it was true! Thanks for sharing all of these awesome tips!

    1. Oh yes. I forgot about that. We do replant some veggies and let them grow. Cost us nothing to do it.

    1. That’s right. Spices are necessity in our kitchen. Everything becomes tasty with spices.

  8. Wow! I have been trying to reduce my food costs since like ages with no progress. I am a mood eater and that’s probably why all my efforts go into the trash. any tips on how to control yourself from spending on extremely expensive food?

    1. I would suggest to find alternatives to those expensive food. For example, if you are wanting salmon but it’s expensive, try to find other fish that has the same or close to salmon in terms of nutritional value, taste, or whatever it is that you like about salmon.

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