Here’s a list of the best side hustles for introverts who want to make money at home.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick and tired of all of the gurus telling you how easy it is to make extra income from a side hustle. This isn’t because those side hustles don’t work, but they don’t always provide the same successful outcome for everyone who tries them — especially introverts.
Since introverts are known to be reserved, quiet and thoughtful, the opportunity to earn some spare cash from side hustles remotely are perfect for them. Remote side hustles also provide introverts with the opportunity to make money on their own time without worry of a daily commute.
1. Freelance writing
Spending a few years freelancing to bulk up your writing portfolio of both clients and content can lead to a well-paying and flexible career.
Along with copywriting, blog writing and ghostwriting, finding a niche as a freelance writer for more technical pieces will allow you to charge clients more due to the dedication and focus they require. Sites like USA Wire will actually pay you to contribute content.
2. Graphic design
Many introverts who start dabbling in design — even if they haven’t designed before — find they have a talent for it.
Tools like Canva can help you design infographics, email templates, fonts and more. Before getting started in graphic design, consider:
- What kind of services you want to offer
- Your target customer market(s) and pricing
- Which software(s) you will use
3. Web design
Every brand in today’s world needs a website. Though building websites as a freelancer today is more challenging due to market saturation, it remains a strong side hustle option from the flexibility, creativity and control it provides.
Introverted web designers can set themselves apart from other web designers by becoming more talented in niche areas of web design, such as:
- SEO optimization
- Content strategy and creation
- Social media management
- Establishing pay-per-click advertising campaigns
4. Video editing
Video editing provides introverts with the freedom to create their own schedule and negotiate pricing with clients. Tools like Magisto and Splice make the video editing process much easier than in years past, too.
Here are just a handful of markets to give you some ideas on which to target for a video editing side hustle:
- Conference videos
- Explainer/educational videos
- Marketing/promotional videos
- Recorded presentations
- Recorded speaking events
5. Audio engineering
If introverts have the essential tools at their disposal, they can quickly start offering audio engineering services like mixing, producing and tracking. Here are some things you need to do:
- Create a studio in the quietest area of your home
- Have a laptop with a strong processor
- Install DAW software like Audacity or Garageband
- Have a high-quality recording microphone
- Have a MIDI controller or keyboard
Audio engineers also offer their produced soundtracks to other industries such as podcasters or stock audio platforms, and even earn money by streaming their music online through apps like Spotify or YouTube.
6. Social media management
Social media can be a very lucrative side hustle for introverts. The trick to making real money from managing social media as a side hustle lies in the power of networking.
As a social media manager, your time will mostly be spent managing clients’ websites and social media accounts, approving comments and reviews and ensuring web pages are published on time.
Like many jobs and side hustles alike, the key to becoming a winning social media manager is being consistent in providing value.
7. Virtual assistant
Having a virtual assistant job as a side hustle entails routinely interfacing with only one other person. It can typically be done entirely remotely, too, making it more appealing to introverts.
Virtual assistants can expect to make between $10-20 per hour (depending on your employer) for a number of tasks like:
- Reading/writing/responding to emails
- Scheduling appointments
- Managing calendars
- Posting content on websites/social media
8. Taking surveys
There are plenty of legitimate ways to get paid by answering surveys, as many companies outsource survey agencies to gain insight on consumer behavior. Most pay between $0.50-2.00 per survey, and each one shouldn’t take more than 5-15 minutes to complete.
9. Book reviews
Reading is a common hobby for many introverts, so why not get paid to read and review some books?
Some of the best sites to use to get paid for your reviews (and even get some free books) include:
If you already have an existing blog, you can also make money by writing sponsored posts or book reviews. If you have enough clients as a freelancer, you could also earn money as a freelance book reviewer.
10. Read emails
For introverts who shy away from the conversation, getting paid to read emails can end up being a dream side hustle.
Thankfully, there are now a ton of different sites you can sign up for that pay you to read other peoples’ emails, including the following sites:
For the more email-savvy introverts, inbox management is also a viable option.