If you’re an introvert looking to earn extra money on top of your regular income, then we’ve compiled a list of the best side hustles for introverts to get you started.
In this article, I’m going to take you through a variety of side hustles, where you can get work quickly and earn extra money in your spare time.
Some of these side hustles are great to put some extra cash in your pocket. However, a few of them can easily be scaled up to a full-time income, or outsourced to others to run for you.
And for those of you who are looking to really take life by the horns, a handful of these opportunities can also result in life-changing income (see below for the best opportunities).
Let’s get to it!
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular side hustles for introverts to start a business online. It has a huge appeal because of the low barrier to entry.
Basically, you can get started with little to no money, and you don’t need to own your own product to make a bank.
If that’s not enticing enough, you can also make passive income via affiliate marketing, and top affiliates even earn 6 and 7-figure incomes.
How it works: An affiliate promotes the products or services of a company via a unique tracking link. When a customer clicks the tracking link (known as an affiliate link) and then makes a purchase, the affiliate will earn a referral commission for the sale.
Some affiliate programs don’t even require you to make a sale in order to get paid. For example, you can even get paid per lead as an affiliate. However, pay-per-lead programs don’t pay as high.
Both the affiliate and the product owner are able to track clicks and sales that occur via the affiliate links.
Nowadays, the vast majority of companies out there have an affiliate program. As an affiliate, here’s what you need to do to get started:
- Choose a niche
- Choose 1-5 products to promote in your niche
- Start creating niche-related content and publish online (think blogging, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Pinterest, etc)
- Include your affiliate link within your content
This is a very basic overview of affiliate marketing as you can approach this business in many different ways. However, the vast majority of affiliates make money on Google through blogging.
If you want to get started quickly as an affiliate, then this free video explains the easiest and fastest way new affiliates can get started earning high ticket commissions.
This affiliate marketing method is by far the most effective way for beginners to get started that I have come across so far in my 9+ year career as an affiliate.
If this business model appeals to you, you can find more affiliate marketing articles here.
- Av income (freelance writer): $22.97 per hr in the USA
- Av income (medium – highly skilled copywriter): $75,000 – $300,000 per year
If you’d like to write for other people as a self-employed agent or independent contractor, then freelance writing might be a great gig for you.
As a freelance writer, you don’t need to commit to one person or company. Over time, you can build up multiple clients to give you more job stability.
As a self-employed writer, you can write for people in different industries, of choose to specialize in a specific niche. You can also market yourself based on a specific style of writing for example:
- Blog writing: Bloggers are constantly looking for writers. If you make good connections with just a couple of bloggers then this can often result in steady work for a long time to come
- Article or feature writing: Write online articles or printed articles for magazines, publishing companies, content mills, and newspapers
- Academic and educational writing: Grant writing, proposals, research articles, textbooks, instructional material, and scientific studies
- Copywriting: Create one-of-a-kind content to help businesses establish and promote their brand, engage with customers, and market products and services.
Copywriting is certainly the most lucrative form of writing you can get involved with. However, you’ll need to learn the core copywriting skills first to be able to offer this service.
I want to be able to charge the big bucks for copywriting, you’re gonna need to be able to get results for your clients.
If you want to get started, then I recommend you take this short copywriting course for beginners. This course is by one of the highest-earning copywriters in the world. It will teach you a lot of the core skills you’ll need to be able to get real results for your clients.
If you’re eager to dip your toe into freelance writing, you can get started by:
- Identifying your writing style, and favorite topics to write about
- Join freelance writing sites like Fiverr, UpWork, People Per Hour, FlexJobs, etc.
Once on these platforms, you will need to create a profile, list your gigs, and try to get your first clients. All this can take time, so you will need to be patient with it.
If you want to build your writing business quickly, then I highly recommend you check out SolidGigs.com.
SolidGigs is a sophisticated lead generation tool for freelancers. This tool will save you a ton of time trying to get clients. Instead, it will send you daily gigs direct to your inbox based on your criteria.
Enabling a constant stream of freelance writing leads to flow into your inbox will cost you $21 per month. However, you can also try it free for 7 days here.
To become a proofreader, you must have a keen eye for detail and the ability to review and edit books, journals, manuals, or newspapers for accurate use of grammar and content.
In other words, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the material is clear, consistent, complete, accurate, and credible.
If proofreading sounds like the gig for you then you can list your services on the following sites:
To get started, you can take a short proofreading course online to perfect your skills. Then, join one or more of the above sites and list your services.
It’s important to note that some companies will require you to take a proofreading test to assess your competency. Some companies also prefer candidates with a Bachelor’s in English or Journalism.
If you’re an aspiring book author and you prefer to go it alone without the assistance of traditional publishers, then self-publishing is a side hustle you might want to consider.
As an independently published author, you’ll take full responsibility for the publishing process, printing the book, and selling it without the assistance of self-publishing service providers.
Here’s how you can make money by self-publishing:
- Selling paperback books on Amazon
- Selling E-books on platforms like Kindle Direct Publishing
- Through iBooks
- Selling to Bookstores
Here are the steps to self-publishing a book:
- Create a book
- Self-edit the manuscript
- Edit the book professionally
- Format the book
- If you’re writing a children’s book, get some illustrations
- Purchase a book cover design
- Promote the book!
- Keep up with bookkeeping
- If you choose, you can work with a self-publishing business
If you enjoy giving feedback to brands about their products or services or learning about new products and companies you might not know about, then it’s possible to make money with paid online surveys.
It’s important to note that the more surveys you can handle, the more money you’ll earn.
You can get started by joining online survey sites like:
- Survey Junkie
- Opinion Outpost
- Toluna Influencers
It’s important to note that online survey sites have a limited number of paid surveys each month. Also, most sites are free to sign up, and you don’t need any education or skills.
You’re not going to make a lot of money per survey, but if you’re willing to do several surveys per week then the money can start to add up.
Create an Online Course
If you consider yourself an expert on a particular topic, or if you’re super-passionate about a specific subject, then you might be able to monetize your passion and create an online course to teach others about it.
A side hustle as an online course creator can be highly lucrative, even life-changing, providing you use the right marketing plan.
You can use a platform like ClickFunnels to create an online membership site. Then, add your training material to the member’s area.
Then, you can attract members to join your course and charge them a monthly fee to access your content.
That’s recurring passive income, baby!
While you can earn a little bit of money hosting your course on a platform like Udemy, you’ll earn far more if you host it on a platform like ClickFunnels and promote it yourself.
To create a course you’ll need to:
- Choose a niche
- Research other digital products (ie courses, eBooks, etc, in your niche)
- List possible products you could offer
- Create your products
- Build an audience
- Sell your products
Here is a simple 30 day course you can follow that takes you through all the steps, from niche selection, product creation, building your membership site, setting up your sales funnel, building your audience, and launching your products.
If you’re interested in starting an eCommerce business, but you don’t have the money to buy inventory, then you can build a dropshipping store instead.
Dropshipping allows you to sell products to your customers without having to worry about inventory.
All you’ll need to do is to reach out to your suppliers, who will take your orders, and then ship those orders to your customers on your behalf.
In other words, there is no need to open a brick-and-mortar store, pay overhead, or stock products.
The best platforms to use to build a dropshipping business are:
How to start a dropshipping business:
- Choose a niche
- Conduct competitor product research
- Locate a reliable and reputable dropshipping supplier (Alibaba is a great place to start)
- Create your online store
- Promote your dropshipping business
If you love dogs and you’d like to spend your time taking one or more dogs for walks while you earn some cash, you may want to consider becoming a dog walker.
As a dog walker, your main responsibility will be to help dog owners exercise their pets or take care of their pets while they attend to other commitments.
You’ll be paid by the half-hour or by the hour for such a job. However, you need to be willing to work outdoors regardless of the weather.
There are no formal skills or qualifications required to become a dog walker. However, getting certified in areas such as animal first aid, animal behavior, or animal care will help you advance in your career and stand out above your competition.
You can get started by joining the following dog walking apps to find clients:
- Dog Vacay
- Barkly Pets
Sell on Etsy
If you have a flair for unique arts and crafts and you’d love to make money selling handmade items and vintage treasures, then selling on Etsy is for you.
Setting up an Etsy shop will allow you to sell items like:
- Home decor
- Art pieces
- Craft supplies
- Greeting cards
- Bath bombs
It will cost you $0.20 to open an Etsy account and list your products on the marketplace.
To start earning on Etsy, you need to create an Etsy store. Here’s how you can start selling on Etsy:
- Decide on the products you want to sell
- Get a name and a logo for your Etsy shop
- Start listing your products: Add photos, adjust thumbnails, add a product description, add the price, set the shipping fee
- Select your payment method
- Include billing information
- Optimize your shop
Amazon FBA, or fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), is a service that allows businesses to expand by giving them access to Amazon’s logistical network. Amazon FBA enables you to automate order fulfillment and shipment services.
If you enroll with Amazon FBA, it means you can let Amazon handle all your picking and packing, shipping, returns, refunds, as well as product warehousing in Amazon’s warehouses.
You earn money if customers purchase your products. Amazon will deposit your earnings into your bank account every two weeks.
How to get started with Amazon FBA:
- Set up FBA by creating an Amazon selling account, then go to Seller Central to create your FBA account
- Create your product listings. Add your products to Amazon’s catalog and ensure you specify FBA inventory
- Pack your products according to Amazon’s packing guidelines and shipping and routing requirements for safe and secure shipping to a fulfillment center.
- Ship your products to Amazon to sell
Create And Sell NFTs
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a rapidly accelerating market right now, and there’s a ton of money to be made here.
No doubt, you’re probably heard of some high-profile celebs like Justin Bieber, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Paris Hilton (to name just a few) who have spent millions of dollars buying NFT art.
Sure, if you’re already a well-known artist, or if you have some serious talent with a paintbrush it’s gonna be easier for you to sell NFT art for big bucks.
On the upside, this market is so new, that even beginners are making money creating and selling NFT art on platforms like OpenSea.
You can learn everything you need to know about creating NFT art on YouTube in just a few hours. Once you have the know-how, you just gotta put in the practice until you can create some pretty cool-looking artwork.
Once you’ve created a few novel pieces you can list them on the OpenSea marketplace to attract potential buyers.
There are actually a number of ways you can earn passive income through NFTs. If you want to know more, check out my article on 5 ways to make money with NFTs.
Product Testing at Home
Yes, you can earn money by testing products for free at home and giving your feedback. Top brands need you to review their unreleased or released products. And, you get to keep the product after testing it.
To begin earning from product testing at home, you need to register with a market research organization that offers product testing at home. After that, the market research organization will give you screener emails to complete.
This process allows them to check if you’re qualified for their current product testing jobs.
After you complete the screener survey, you will be informed if you are eligible or not.
Product testing panels include:
- Social Nature
- Smiley 360
- Vocal Point
- JJ Friends & Neighbors
- Toluna Influencers
- Pinecone Research
- Vindale Research
If you’d love to feed your creative side or use your artistic and graphic design skills in your day-to-day work, a career in web design can help you express your creativity while earning some good bucks.
Side hustle in web design will allow you to design and build websites. Additionally, you can do it by starting a freelance business or working for a company.
As a web designer, you can earn money by:
- Reaching out to new clients
- Working for a design agency
- Working as an in-house designer
- Starting a design blog where you can post affiliate links
- Selling stock graphics and files
- Selling themes or templates
- Create a web design course
To get started, you can get web design jobs on the following platforms:
- Solid Gigs
- Smashing Magazine
- We Work Remotely
- Envato Studio
- People Per Hour
- Zip Recruiter
- Stack Overflow
- Working Nomads
In my opinion, WordPress is the best platform to build websites for clients. WordPress powers around 37% off all websites on the internet. So, if you know WordPress then you will be able to help more customers. Besides, WordPress is also one of the easier platforms to learn.
I recommend using the Elementor page builder with WordPress. You can build highly professional-looking sites with Elementor, it’s easy to use, and there are a ton of instructional Elementor videos on YouTube in case you get stuck.
If you’ve always been naturally creative, gotten in trouble in school for doodling illustrations on your books, or excelled in and enjoyed art class, a graphic design profession might be your best choice.
As a graphic designer, you’ll be responsible for creating visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire and inform customers.
Not only can you become your own boss and start your own freelancing business, but you can also work in a variety of fields, as listed below:
- Advertising and marketing design
- Branding design
- Digital design
- Product design
- Editorial or publishing design
- Lettering design
- Environmental design
Besides getting jobs on freelance online platforms like Fiverr, 99Designs, and Upwork, companies that hire remote graphic designers include:
- Braftan, Inc
- Coalition Technologies
- Wunderland Group
- Crawford Group
- Curriculum Associates
- Medium Corporation
- Parachute Design Group
- Robert Half International
If you’re an aspiring virtual assistant or you love performing administrative tasks, landing your first virtual assistant client will allow you to enjoy complete autonomy, unlimited financial potential, scalability, time flexibility, and freedom.
Depending on your skills, you can make money by providing the following services to small businesses and individuals:
- Freelance writing
- Flipping items for a profit
- Making, taking, and screening calls
- Managing schedules
- Managing email accounts
- Social media management
- Organizing meetings٫ travel, and accommodations
- Creating and reviewing customer spreadsheets and keeping online records
- Data entry
- Generating sales leads
You can find VA work on the following freelance websites:
- People Per Hour
Here are a few steps to becoming a virtual assistant:
- Identify your skills
- Decide the services you’ll offer and your charges
- Get the necessary equipment, including a laptop and a consistent internet connection
- Search for jobs
- Build a portfolio
- Market yourself
- Consider specializing in a particular niche
If you’re proficient in at least one or two languages, and you can translate entire documents or pages without struggling, then document translation is a worthwhile and profitable profession. Languages that are in high demand are Spanish, German, French, Russian, Chinese, or Mandarin.
And, you can offer general subject translation, medical, educational, legal, financial, or business translations. You can get these kinds of document translator jobs on Indeed, Flexjobs, Fiverr, and Upwork.
Here’s what you need to get started as a document translator:
- Specialized training
- Work experience
- Linguistic experience
- Strong reading and writing skills
- Target a specific industry and familiarize yourself with the terminology
- Get certification
- High levels of cultural awareness and sensitivity
If you’re interested in helping law firms, podcasters, interviewers, keynote speakers, health organizations, and other parties needing transcription to convert audio files to written form, transcription would make a great income source for you.
You’ll be paid by the hour, and if you’re highly skilled, your earnings will be higher.
As a transcriber, you will be expected to:
- Proofread your transcript for grammar and spelling mistakes
- Make sure that the formatting, spacing, punctuation, and capitalization are correct
- Check for consistency
Having said that, you can get started by finding online transcription jobs on the following platforms:
- Casting words
Social Media Account Manager
If you have a passion for all things social media, working as a social media account manager can be a rewarding career. You can run social media campaigns and help clients grow their following, impressions, and sales.
You’ll mainly be in charge of engaging customers online, replying to comments, and developing new content.
Some of the responsibilities of a social media account manager are:
- Conducting market research on existing benchmark trends and audience preferences
- Creating and implementing a social media strategy that is in line with corporate objectives
- Setting specific objectives and reporting on ROI
The income of a social media manager varies greatly, but according to PayScale.com, the average annual salary is around $52,858.
You can make money as a freelance social media account manager by building your portfolio on the following platforms:
- Facebook groups
If you’d love to exercise your creative and technical skills in assembling recorded raw material into a final film or video product, you can work for YouTubers, post-production studios, television companies, and corporate employers as a freelance video editor.
As a video editor, you’ll be able to work on a wide range of projects, including films, commercials, music videos, movies, corporate training videos, documentaries, TV series, and web-based programming.
In addition to modifying films and audio recordings, working as a freelance editor will allow you to set your own rates and select your own clients.
Besides building your online profile or showcasing your portfolio on platforms like Fiverr and Upwork, you can begin your video editing journey by:
- Sharpening your video editing skills
- Getting a degree in video editing
You don’t actually need a qualification to work as a video editor. In fact, you can even get started with little to no experience and learn as you go.
You’ll need access to decent video edition software like Camtasia. Then, you can get started by watching some video editing tutorials on YouTube and practicing for a few hours.
If you’re taking this route, then, of course, you won’t be able to charge much for your services in the beginning. However, you should easily be able to get your first few clients on Fiverr if you’re charging a low price. You’ll make some money getting started and hone your skills by working on your client’s projects at the same time.
Then, with a few months’ experience behind you, you can soon increase your prices as you get better.
If money makes your world go round or you have a love for math, you can cash in on a bookkeeper role while helping businesses keep their finances in order.
As a bookkeeper, your key role will involve keeping accurate records and books for recording transactions during the course of business.
The amount you can earn as a virtual bookkeeper depends on the amount of effort, time, and care you put into your business.
How to become a bookkeeper:
- Pursue a high school diploma
- Get the necessary skills
- Apply for remote jobs on platforms like Indeed, Flexjobs, or create your portfolio on Fiverr, Upwork, or any other freelance platform
- Consider certification as it can increase your chances of securing high-end clients
One of the best bookkeeping and accounting software you can use to manage your own accounts as well as your clients is FreshBooks. You can get a free trial of FreshBooks here.
A house cleaning job can be a fun and exciting way to supplement your income, especially if you love to be on the move getting things done or you’re a cleaner who is proud of their work.
Not only will advertising your house cleaning services be simple, but the cleaning business itself will be very scalable. And, you don’t need a lot of money to get started.
Besides having good work ethics, you’ll need the following to kickstart your house cleaning side hustle:
- Business permit
- Business name
- Employer identification number
You can get house cleaning jobs on:
- Maid service companies
- Task rabbit
If you’re detail-oriented, a creative thinker, and enjoy taking on new challenges and learning new things, you can start a side hustle reviewing books. Book reviews allow you to write honest reviews about a book you’ve read.
As a book reviewer, you’ll be able to focus on a particular area of a book that you find impressive, which can include:
- Strong character development
- Engaging plot points
- Effective use of literary devices
Here are some tips to kickstart your book review side hustle:
- Read as often as possible
- Consider getting a bachelor’s in literature
- Review books you’ve read
- Apply for book review jobs on platforms like Online Book Club, Upwork, Fiverr, Booklist, and Kirkus
To take things a step further, you can also start a book review blog and earn more money through affiliate marketing recommending the books you review.
Sell Stock Photos
If you’re a photographer looking to supplement your income, then stock photography might be something worth trying.
Selling stock photos means that you can make money selling the hundreds of unused photos that have been lurking about on your multiple hard drives.
To be able to make money selling stock photos, your photos need to be high quality. If you can also take photos that tell a story or illustrate a point, then you stand to make even more money from these kinds of photos.
With this in mind, you can sell stock photos through stock photo websites like Shutterstock.com, Gettyimages.com, and istockphoto.com.
To get started, you need to do the following:
- Get a good camera and lens
- Study-specific markets and create images that are likely to be in demand by those particular clients
- Make your images stand out by having a unique, radical, artistic style
- Upload more photos to increase your sales
- Learn about the different kinds of licensing
Printable prints are pieces of art that you can download online. They may be in the form of a drawing, a graphic design of some kind, or some other form of artwork.
People want to download printables for various reasons. Some folks may like to collect pieces they like, while others want to print the design onto items like t-shirts and other clothing, bags, mugs, mousepads, etc.
While some people will download and print your artwork for personal use, others will want to use the prints on items they intend to sell to others. Either way, there’s money to be made here for the person who created the artwork.
So, if you have a creative streak and a flair for art, then you can turn your creative passion into moolah! And the really good thing about it is that once you’ve created a printable, you can earn from it for the rest of your life.
The platforms you can use to create printables are Canva, Illustrator, InDesign, PicMonkey, Photoshop, as well as Google sheets, docs, or slides.
Additionally, you can sell your printables through Fiverr, Etsy, and Creative Market, among other platforms.
Here are some steps on how to start selling printables:
- Develop a list of printable ideas
- Make a sketch of your design idea
- Choose your colour scheme, logo, and other distinguishing aspects
- Design your printable
- Print your printable to ensure that it looks good on the printed page
- Determine a price for your printable
If you’ve ever considered starting a business on Amazon, you’ve probably come across the term “retail arbitrage.”
Retail arbitrage is a lucrative side hustle for introverts that allows you to purchase an item at a lower or discounted price and resell it at a greater price or in another market.
With retail arbitrage, there’s no limit to how much you can make. You can generate a six-figure income or a few hundred dollars each month.
You can get started by:
- Acquiring clearance stock or old stock from stores like Walmart, Target, eBay, or Home Depot
- Getting the best deals on bulk items
- Comparing the prices on Amazon
- Determining which products have the best profits
- Private labelling
You can resell your products via:
If you have strong creative ability and exemplary marketing skills, you’ll undoubtedly be able to develop a loyal following and attract advertising revenue from podcasting. You can use social media tools like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to promote your podcasts.
Since podcast episodes are created and saved individually, you can record several episodes on the same day and release them when needed.
You can make money by podcasting through:
- Affiliate marketing
- Advertising and sponsorships
- Online courses
- Leveraging a popular podcast into book sales
- Listing your podcasts on Spotify and Apple Podcast
Here’s how to get started with podcasting:
- Use your camera, a laptop, and a microphone
- Choose good episode titles
- Record your podcast
- Edit your podcast
- Put your podcast out there!
Podcast hosting options include:
Final Thoughts: Side Hustles For Introverts
So, there you have it, my list of the 26 best side hustles for introverts!
If there’s more than one gig on the list that appeals to you, then I recommend you write a list of the top side hustles that you’d enjoy doing for extra income.
Then, go through your side hustle ideas and rate them on a scale of 1-5 in the following categories:
- Earning potential
- Passive income stream potential
- Enjoyment factor
- Financial investment needed (if any) to get started
- Weekly/monthly time investment needed to run your business
Doing this will help you to find your perfect side hustle.
Then, all that’s left to do is to get started right away building your dream side hustle business!
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