If you're an introvert looking to make money on the side, there are plenty of options that allow you to work alone while bringing in some cash.
With 45% of Americans working a side hustle, it's a no brainer way to keep your finances in check.
Best of all, some of these side hustles can be done completely online while others might require offline work.
In this post, I'll explore the best side hustles for introverts, how much money you can make, and much more. Let's get started!
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Best Side Hustles for Introverts
If you don't like social interaction, blogging can be a great side hustle to make money in your free time.
It'll take some time to get started and make money, but after a few months, you should see the potential.
There are many benefits of blogging like the ability to work from anywhere in the world, extremely low cost to get started, and a virtually unlimited income potential – making it an attractive side hustle for introverts.
Some blogs can make over $10,000 per month or more, making it a very lucrative side hustle for anyone who wants to make money online.
Check out my website portfolio performance in 2021. Not too bad!
By creating quality content on a regular basis, you can grow a following and make money in no time. Blogging offers multiple income streams including:
Check out my display ad earnings from one of my blogs last moth below.
Blogging isn't a get rich quick scheme though. It can take many months (if not years) of hard work and effort to start making a decent income.
That said, starting a blog is one of the best things I've done for my financial future. It's allowed me to quit my job and live life on my own terms.
Whether you want to make an extra $100 a month or you want to make a full time living online, starting a blog is one of the best side jobs for introverts. Check out the video below to learn how long it could take to start making money from your blog!
2. Dog Walking & Pet Sitting
If you don’t enjoy people, but don’t mind furry friends, consider walking dogs as a side hustle. This is the perfect side hustle for introverts because the only social interaction you’ll have is picking up the dogs and that's it!
Once you’ve picked up the dogs, you’ll get paid to walk them around the block. This is a great way to earn some extra cash while also getting in shape.
The amount of money you can make varies depending on your location and the length of the walk but it’s common to earn around $15 to $20 for 30 to 45 minutes of walking according to ZipRecruiter.
3. House Sitting
House sitting is another extremely easy side hustle for introverts because you really don't have to do any work! Your task is simple — stay at the home and keep it occupied until the owners return.
It’s common for homeowners to find house sitters for an upcoming vacation or extended leave from their home. Sometimes you might be asked to also take care of any pets they might have. If you choose to do this, be sure to ask for more money!
House-sitting can be a great way for introverts to make a couple of hundred dollars throughout their week doing essentially nothing.
4. Food Delivery
Food delivery sales are at an all-time high which comes with great opportunity for those looking to make some money on the side.
The pay for food delivery apps varies depending on many factors, but it’s common to earn anywhere from $10 to over $15 per hour of work.
I highly recommend checking out the video below to learn how to make even more!
While this isn't a traditional side hustle by the definition, investing is a great way to grow your money without doing any work. Who could say no to that!?
There are many platforms that make it easy to start investing with as little as $5.
For example, with Acorns – you can invest in the stock market with just $5! As a bonus, you'll get $10 free!
And with Arrived, you can invest in real estate with as little as $100.
While the returns are never guaranteed for any investment, by investing in long term appreciating assets – the odds are in your favor to get a great return on your money.
6. Grocery Delivery
Similar to food delivery, grocery delivery sales are also at record highs. The convenience of having your groceries delivered directly to your door has captivated Americans looking to save time.
Delivering groceries with companies like Instacart can pay quite well.
You can expect to earn around $13 to $18 per hour and just like food delivery, much of your time will be spent in the car driving by yourself.
7. Furniture Flipping
If you haven't heard of flipping furniture yet, this is your chance!
With this side hustle, you'll essentially make money by refurbishing or restoring furniture and reselling it for a profit.
While there are some aspects of furniture flipping that will require social interaction, the majority of it can be completed alone making it a perfect side hustle for any introvert.
To get started flipping furniture, you’ll need to find old, distressed pieces of furniture you can purchase for cheap. If you can find these online, that will help to limit social interactions. If not, browse local thrift stores or use local classifieds like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or garage sales.
Some of the best flips I've found are listed for completely free. For example, check out the piece below that I found in my area. You can easily sell this for at least $100, if not more.
Next, you'll need to refurbish your pieces with a fresh coat of paint and some basic woodworking before selling them for a profit.
How much money can you make flipping furniture?
Depending on your skills, you could certainly make over $500 per month or more! As you become more skilled at identifying pieces to flip and repairing the furniture, you can make even more.
Here's a great video explaining the entire process!
8. Make Money 3D Printing
Looking for a unique side hustle that can done by yourself? Try 3D printing!
There are many different ways you can use your 3D printer to make money but one of my favorites is making products to sell.
Items like chip clips, phone holders, and other small pieces can be made for extremely cheap and sold online for a profit.
For example, check out this 3D printed Star Wars art I found for sale on Etsy. With over 2,000 reviews – there's a strong chance this listing has made at least $30,000.
If you’re an introvert looking for a side hustle, using a 3D printer can be an amazing option.
If you prefer audio content over written or visual content, starting a podcast could be an excellent choice for introverts looking for a side hustle.
One of the best things about this side hustle is that you don't need a fortune to get started. All you'll need is a microphone, a computer, and some basic audio editing software to get started – and that's to create a well done podcast. Beginner podcasters can even get away with using their phone without needing a computer or special software!
Podcasts can make money through several methods including:
- Show sponsorships
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling services
The amount you can make podcasting will all depend on how many listeners you can get and how well you monetize your audience but I know some podcasters earning over $5k a month!
Check out the growth of the podcasting industry in the past few years. It's hard to go against that.
10. Virtual Assistant
Working as a virtual assistant is a great way to make some extra cash without having a ton of social interaction.
While it's not a job where you work completely alone, there are some VA jobs where that's the case.
As a virtual assistant, you’ll likely only work with one other person and the job is done completely remote, making it a good option for many introverts.
As a virtual assistant, you’ll be tasked with various tasks that might include:
- Posting on social media
- Updating website content
- Drafting marketing emails
- And much more
The best part of becoming a virtual assistant is that you don't need any special skills or experience to get started and you can earn a nice income.
My VAs can make over $15 or $20 per hour, which is nice considering the flexibility of this side hustle.
If you're not sure how to start, I recommend checking out Carrie's Virtual Assistant Accelerator course to learn how to get started and land your first clients.
11. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is perhaps one of the best and easiest side hustles for introverts. The majority of your work will be completed by yourself at your desk in front of your computer.
Your only social interaction will be communicating with clients and editors regarding your projects, but that's about it!
To make a full-time income with freelance writing, you’ll need to have strong writing and editing skills, as well as a portfolio of your work.
The pay as a freelance writer will vary depending on your skills, experience, and type of writing – but it's possible to earn over $1 per word for some major publications.
Alternatively, some writers will charge an hourly rate for their work exceeding $100 an hour.
Check out the video below for more help starting a freelance writing business!
12. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is not necessarily a side hustle of its own, but it can be paired with various other methods to make money.
To make money with affiliate marketing, you’ll need to have access to people that you can promote your affiliate links to. For example, if you have a larger social media following in the fitness industry, you might promote a certain protein powder in which you earn a commission for each sale you facilitate.
The income potential from affiliate marketing is quite tremendous. Depending on the size of your audience, you may be capable of making over $10,000 per month by promoting your affiliate links.
For example, from one affiliate network alone, I was able to earn over $50,000 in a single year from my audience!
How do you become an affiliate marketer?
You’ll need to first grow an audience in some manner.
This could be through a blog or social media account. Then, you can apply for an account with various affiliate networks. These sites partner with brands and publishers to match your audience with the right brand. You can apply to specific affiliate programs within the network. Once the brand approves you to promote their brand, you can grab your links and start making money with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is a perfect way for introverts to make money because it can be done completely online without any in-person interaction.
13. Freelance Graphic Design
Graphic design can be a good option for introverts looking to cash in on their skills without a ton of human interaction.
As a freelancer, you’ll have more flexibility to work from home at the pace that suits you rather than a full-time job that requires you to show up at the office 5 days per week.
For any type of freelancing, the hardest part is finding clients. By attending networking events, you can speak with companies looking to expand their design teams but aren’t ready to commit to a full-time employee.
Additionally, you can use freelance sites like Upwork or Fiverr to find work online. Some graphic designers can charge over $50 an hour for their work!
You can also opt to sell your designs online to make money. This can be a passive income stream that requires almost no human interaction.
14. Clean Houses or Businesses
Starting a cleaning business can be a great choice for introverts looking to work alone.
Your work can be completed after hours for many businesses or during the weekends for homeowners giving you the flexibility to work a full time job as well.
You’ll need some basic supplies and equipment to get started, most of which you likely already have. If you don’t have any, you can expect to spend around $300 to $500 in supplies to get started.
The amount of money you can make varies but you can expect to earn around $15 per hour at the beginning of your journey if not more.
Here's a great video to help you get started!
15. Complete Yard Work
While it’s not on my list of the easiest side hustles, doing yard work can be a great high-paying option for those who prefer working alone.
Yard work can entail various tasks including mowing grass, trimming bushes, laying, laying mulch, or picking up fallen leaves.
One of the perks of yard work — it pays well. Because the work can be strenuous, your pay will reflect your sacrifices. It's common to charge anywhere from $20 to $40 per hour of work.
16. Paint Houses
Painting home interiors can be a lucrative side hustle for any introvert capable. You'll need to have strong attention to detail to become a successful painter, but the work is pretty simple.
Painting can be tough for your body, in particular shoulders, so you’ll want to consider this when determining how much to charge for your services.
Similar to a cleaning business, the supplies to get started will cost around $500 but you can easily earn that much in a single day of painting.
According to Forbes, you can expect to pay between $3 and $7 per square foot of painting!
17. Flip Websites
Similar to other online businesses, flipping websites is a good side hustle for introverts looking to make money.
You’ll need to acquire a few skills before getting started but once you become more experienced your income can grow exponentially.
The key to flipping websites is finding an existing website with potential. This skill takes time to acquire. Once you better understand which websites have potential, you’ll need to craft a plan to grow the website and revenues.
After increasing the profit of your website, you can sell it for a gain and reinvest your earnings into another website. For example, take a look at this website currently for sale.
This process will start to compound and your earnings will multiply quickly. If you're looking for something a little less complex, you might try domain name flipping to make money.
If you're interested in website flipping, you'll want to check out Mushfiq on Twitter who makes a full time living flipping websites.
👉 AMA: Flipped a content site for $29,500. Bought for $8,850 in Jan 2023.— Mushfiq (The Website Flip) (@TheWebsiteFlip) June 15, 2023
Metrics when purchased:
Metrics when sold:
➡️ $800/mo avg ($1K last month)
Congrats to @James_S_Oliver for acquiring.
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18. Start a YouTube Channel
Starting a YouTube channel can be an extremely profitable side hustle for introverts looking to make money online.
Just like other forms of content creation, it can take some time to start making money – but once your channel begins to grow, your income can grow exponentially.
While you might think you need to be an expert video editor or have the fanciest equipment to get started, this couldn't be further from the truth.
It's possible to grow a large following without having the most advanced skills or equipment.
You'll need to be willing to put in the work and be consistent with your uploads but if you can do that, you can make a lot of money from YouTube.
Some popular YouTubers make over 7 figures each year form their channels! For example, this YouTube channel below has amassed almost 2 million followers and likely make over $10k a month.
19. Publish a Book
If you want to make passive income, publishing a book can be a great choice for many introverts.
You can write a book on just about any topic under the sun, which means there's potential for just about anyone to make money this way.
You'll need to invest some time and effort into writing your book but once it's finished, you can make money for years to come.
Thanks to the advancement of self publishing platforms like Amazon Kindle, it's easier than ever to get your book published and start making money.
Here's a great video explaining how to self publish your book.
20. Sell Online Courses
If you have a passion for teaching others, but you don't want to be face to face – selling online courses can be an awesome way to earn an income online.
When it comes to selling courses, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.
First, what will your course cover? Are there certain topics that you want to be sure to explore?
Secondly, how much will your course cost? Depending on the size and duration of the course, as well as your individual expertise, an online course can cost as little as $50 and as much as $2,000 or more.
Finally, how will you market and sell your course? Unfortunately, just because you publish a course doesn't mean people will be able to find it. You'll want to determine your marketing plan for your course to ensure people can find it.
Creating a course is no small task.
You'll want to spend time formulating the curriculum and getting feedback before launching it.
There are many different platforms you can use to sell courses online but some of the best include Podia or Teachable.
With these platforms you can upload text and video files into modules and have your students go through the course at their own pace.
Selling online courses is a great side hustle for introverts because it allows you to earn passive income online without having to deal with people face to face.
21. Work as a Proofreader
Proofreading is an easy and profitable side job that just about anyone can do to make money from the comfort of their home.
All you need is a laptop and an internet connection to get started.
There are a few different ways to make money as a proofreader but the most common is through online proofreading services and freelance sites like Upwork or Fiverr.
The amount you can make will depend on your experience and skills but in many cases you can earn over $25 an hour. Some experienced proofreaders can charge over $75 an hour!
22. Try Retail Arbitrage
Retail arbitrage has become more popular over recent years as people look for ways to make money on the side.
The process is simple – you find products on clearance at your local stores and then sell them online for a profit.
You can sell the products you find on clearance on sites like Amazon, eBay, or Craigslist.
The amount you can make will depend on the products you find and how well you price them but in many cases, you can easily make a few hundred dollars each month with this side hustle.
23. Sell Crafts on Etsy
If you're crafty and you enjoy making things, then selling crafts on Etsy can be a great way to make money from home without interacting with others in person.
Etsy is an online marketplace where people can buy and sell handmade or vintage items.
For example, check out these wood crafts for sale that have earned over 6 figures in revenue.
To get started, you'll need to create an account and set up your shop. Then, you can start listing your products for sale.
The amount you can make will depend on the types of products you sell and how well you market your shop but in many cases, you can easily make a few hundred dollars each month with this side hustle.
How to Make Money Without Talking to Anyone
If you want to make money without talking to anyone, you can use some of the side hustles listed above.
For example, blogging, taking surveys online, and publishing a book are all great methods to consider.
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Final Thoughts on the Best Side Hustles for Introverts
There are many options for introverts looking to make money on the side.
Between starting a blog, freelance writing, and flipping websites, there’s sure to be a side hustle perfect for any introvert looking to increase their income.
Give a few of these side hustles a try and see what works best for you.
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