5 Side Hustles for Introverts

Do you consider yourself an introvert? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in every 3 people are introverts. And while some may see being an introvert as a negative trait, there are many benefits to being one. One of those benefits is that you’re usually excellent at working independently. This makes side hustles the perfect option for you!

If you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs test, I test out as an INFP (60/40 introvert/extrovert). Because of this, I like to work alone, but not entirely.  I can enjoy working with a team, but I prefer to work alone. 

Here are 5 side hustles I have personally done.

They are perfect for entrepreneurial Introverts.

Retail Arbitrage Sales on eBay & Amazon

Can you really make money with retail arbitrage? Basically, retail arbitrage is flipping products you purchase at brick-and-mortar stores like the Dollar store or Walmart. One way to do that is through sales on eBay or Amazon (FBA).

By finding products at a lower price and selling them on eBay for a higher price, you can profit without putting in much work. However, it is essential to know what you’re doing to succeed.  There are inexpensive courses on Udemy that guide you through the process.

If you’re an entrepreneur, introvert or not, you know that opportunities are everywhere. And if there’s one thing Walmart, The Dollar Store and Target have in abundance; it’s products.

This might sound crazy. But it’s true! Arbitrage selling is a great way to make money on items already being sold by some of the biggest retailers in the world.  It’s a perfect gig for introverts.

Do you like to save money? Do you like to find good deals? Well, then you’ll love arbitrage! Whatever you do, don’t tell people that’s where you got your items from because they won’t bid as high on eBay.

“The Herberts were on the hunt for all of the Contigo water bottles the store had in stock.  Within minutes, an employee pulled out 32 two-packs — sold on clearance for $5 each — from a back storage room. For two people who recently left their jobs in finance, the blue-and-black plastic bottles might as well have been made of gold. The Herberts would resell the two-packs on Amazon for $19.95. Subtracting some taxes and fees, they’d clear $6.16 in profit. All told, the Herbert’s 10-minute Target run earned them $198.” 

The Washington Post

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Start a blog

This is another side hustle that is perfect for introverts. Like most people, you probably think of bloggers as kids with too much time on their hands, spilling their every thought and emotion onto the internet for all to see. But blogging is so much more than that! In fact, there are many reasons why anyone in any profession should start a blog. Here are just a few:

  • Blogging can help you network with other professionals in your field.
  • It can also help you build your brand and gain exposure for your work.
  • It can be a great way to share your knowledge and expertise with others.
  • For writers on Medium, having a blog on your website can increase traffic to your blog and increase your affiliate sales or sales of your own products.  This is what I do.  I import my blog posts to my Medium account (like this post).  Medium makes it simple to do.  Check it out.

Online Course Creation

Have you thought about creating an online course but don’t know where to start? This is another excellent side hustle for introverts.  Maybe you’ve started but feel overwhelmed by all the steps involved? If so, you’re not alone.

Many people find creating online courses a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. With some planning and knowledge of what’s involved, you can create a successful and enjoyable course.

I created a course on Udemy 3 months ago.  I am gradually getting students to sign up.  Udemy guides you along the way as you create your course.  It seemed daunting at first, but it was not that difficult.  Here are some steps to create an online course:

  • Choose a topic you’re passionate about, and that has an audience
  • Outline the course content and create slides or video tutorials
  • Set up a landing page on your website to promote the course or use a platform like Udemy or Skillshare.
  • Drive traffic to your landing page through social media, email marketing, and paid advertising
  • Monitor student progress and provide feedback/support as needed
  • Finish the course and launch it to the world!

Become an Affiliate Marketer

Do you want to make money online without having to talk to people? If you’re an introvert, affiliate marketing may be the perfect opportunity. You can promote products and earn commissions without ever picking up the phone or speaking to a customer with affiliate marketing. All you need is a website and some creative marketing skills.  

Here is an example of creating catalogs of products, where you are an affiliate for each product in the catalog.  As an affiliate, you receive a percentage from each sale, but the product owner handles all shipping and customer service.  This is also a great way to monetize your blog.  By finding appropriate products compatible with your blog post, you can earn a nice side income by linking to the products with your affiliate ID. 

Virtual Assistant

You don’t have to be an extrovert to be a successful virtual assistant. In fact, many introverts excel in this type of job. If you’re wondering how to find virtual assistant jobs, here are some tips.

First, start by searching online job boards or freelancer websites. These platforms typically have a large number of remote openings. Simply browse through the available jobs and see if any match your skillset and interests.

Another option is to reach out to companies directly and inquire about remote opportunities. Many businesses are now offering VA positions as more employees strive for work-life balance. Some agencies connect VAs with clients in need of assistance.

A virtual assistant can work from home and do various tasks, such as social media management, data entry, and customer service. This is the perfect side gig for introverts because it allows them to work independently and from home. Plus, you can choose the tasks you are interested in and fit your schedule. So, if you’re looking for a flexible side gig that fits your personality, becoming a virtual assistant may be the perfect option for you!

In Conclusion

Conclusion paragraph: If you are an introvert, working independently may come naturally to you. Many side hustles allow for independence and creativity. I’ve listed five side hustles for introverts that I think will be a great fit. Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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