8 Best Jobs and Side Gigs for Introverts

If you have an introverted personality, you might shy away from some jobs or side hustles that require a lot of face time or public interaction. But that doesn’t mean that introverts who want a new source of income are out of luck. There are numerous jobs and side gigs that are perfect for introverts, allowing you to make extra money without having to deal extensively with other people.

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Freelance Writer

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Do you have a way with words? Then being a freelance writer could be a great fit for you. The solitary act of writing can be done just about anywhere, as long as you have a computer and internet access.

You don’t need to have a degree in English or be a master of literature, either. There are many opportunities out there for writers and storytellers — everything that you read online and in print was written by someone, and that someone (hopefully) got paid for their work! If you have a passion for something or are an expert in a particular field, see if you can write content for that niche.

If you want to get started with freelance writing, check out Upwork.com and FreelanceWriting.com. You can make between $15 per piece up to several thousand dollars, depending on the piece and the client. 

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Editor

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An editor can help spruce up pieces of text and catch any errors before getting published. If you have an eye for mistakes and can help tighten up content, this gig is for you. The best part is that you can do this as a job or even on the side with your current job.

According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, editors stand to make between $30 to $60 per hour. To get started with this gig, you can check out Upwork.com and Flexjobs.com.

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Dog Walker

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Let’s face it: As an introvert, you might prefer to be around four-legged friends rather than people. Fortunately, there a lot of pet-related jobs and side hustles out there. One of the most popular gigs is being a dog walker: Pet owners who may be out of town or at work need someone to care for their dogs and make sure they get their walks in.

Bonus: You get paid to exercise and hang out with dogs. If this sounds like a dream job, you can earn between $15 to $17 per hour or more. To get started, check out sites like WagWalking.comPetsitter.com and Care.com. You can also go the DIY route and put flyers around your neighborhood.

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Newspaper Delivery Person

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Though print might be dying, there are still a number of folks who prefer to read the morning paper in physical form. But how do customers get the paper every morning? From a newspaper delivery person. This job is good for early birds who like to work alone and have access to a car.

As a newspaper delivery person you can make between $10 to $15 per hour. You’ll have to consider the cost of gas and wear and tear on your car, but you may be able to deduct certain things if you are an independent contractor. You can find newspaper delivery jobs on Indeed.com and Craigslist.org, or on the website of your local newspaper.

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Graphic Designer

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Graphic design is a specialized and in-demand skill. If you have a background in design, and are proficient in design programs like Photoshop and InDesign, working as a graphic designer could be a good full-time job or side gig. As a graphic designer, you can work with clients to design posters, marketing materials, social media images, and more.

As a graphic designer you can earn between $11 to $30 per hour or more. To get better gigs, it’s all about having a killer portfolio. So you might need to start out with gigs on Fiverr.com or Upwork.com and build your portfolio before applying for full-time gigs.

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Social Media Manager

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In today’s digital world, companies can’t ignore the power of social media. The problem is many of them don’t have time — or the skill to actually leverage social media to their advantage. That’s where a social media manager comes in. As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for clients, create content, and track metrics like engagement, and so on. While most large brands have an in-house social media team, many smaller companies will outsource the management of their social media presence to freelancers.  

If you know how to create images for Instagram or write witty content in less than 140 characters, being a social media manager could be a good fit. You should have knowledge of tools like Buffer or Hootsuite, and understand what type of content does and doesn’t work on the various social media platforms.  

Social media managers can make between $10 to $28 per hour. In order to get started, you can pitch companies directly about your services, or find gigs on Upwork.com or through Cloudpeeps.com.

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Virtual Assistant

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Some introverts might be fine with a gig dealing with people — so long as they’re dealing with them remotely, rather than in person. If that sounds like you, and you have great organizational and administrative skills, then being a virtual assistant could be the gig for you.

As the job title implies, you deal with people virtually, rather than in person — generally over email, phone, or video conference — to help clients with a variety of tasks, including managing email, scheduling appointments, helping with social media, doing data entry, and more. In this support role, tasks can vary depending on the client and on the day, so you likely won’t get bored!

Virtual assistants can make between $10 to $29 per hour. If you’re interested in this type of gig, focus on reaching out to small business owners that may need your support. You can also find gigs on Upwork.com to get started.

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Online Seller

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Using the internet to buy and sell merchandise isn’t just for big businesses. Individuals can use platforms like Amazon, eBay, OfferUp, and Craigslist to sell a variety of products.  

You can flip items you get at a thrift shop and sell them at a higher price, or sell off items from around the house or that have been gathering dust in the garage. If you are crafty, you can even make and sell your original creations on Etsy. There’s no shortage of items you can sell — and using the sites listed above, this can be a great side hustle that you can do on your own.

How much you make depends on what you’re selling and how much time you’re willing to put into it — this can be a side hustle to make you a little money on the side, or a full-time business that can make you thousands of dollars a month.