The dictionary definition of an introvert is a shy, reticent person. I much prefer Susan Cain’s definition, from her bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking:
‘people who prefer quieter, more minimally stimulating environments
While the former is considered negative, the latter is neutral–neither good or bad.
What’s important is that if a quiet, more minimally stimulating environment allows you to function at your best — you’ll be happier the more time you spend in that environment. With that in mind, here are 9 ways introverts can make money outside of a traditional job.
# 1) Do This While You’re Watching TV
If you’re looking for a flexible and fun way to earn money from home, start with online surveys.
How it works is you sign up for a paid survey site and then you’re notified by email when a qualifying survey is available.
For example, here’s a survey opportunity recently emailed to me.
Not all offers are this good, which is why you want to sign up for a few sites, but every once in awhile you’ll get one like this.
If you’d like to earn extra cash taking surveys, sign up for each of the sites below. All 3 sites have an A-rating by the Better Business Bureau (definitely avoid sites not certified by BBB or TrustPilot).
How it works: With over 5,000,000 members, SurveyJunkie is one of the largest survey sites around. You’ll be happy to know, SurveyJunkie has an 8.9/10 rating on TrustPilot, which ranks highest among survey companies.
It’s also super-easy to sign up and get started. You just complete a short-survey, then you’ll be sent qualifying surveys via email.
How it works: Swagbucks is a favorite of mine, as well as a favorite of many readers of The Ways To Wealth. In total, Swagbucks has paid out over $275 million in rewards.
How it works: MyPoints has over 10,000,000 members and has paid out over $230 million in rewards since 1996. With MyPoints you take surveys to earn points, which can be redeemed for gift cards or cash through PayPal.
# 2) Get Paid to Watch Videos, Play Games, & Discover Deals
Beyond surveys, Swagbucks allows you to earn money watching videos, searching the Internet, or playing games online. If you’re doing these activities anyways online, why not make some money?
You’ll get $5 just for signing up too!
Swagbucks Quick Summary
# 3) The Perfect Job for People Who Love to Read
Love to read? Proofreading is a great example of a job that needs no certification. A job where if you wanted to, you can land your first client today. With the explosion of web content, it’s also a job that’s highly in demand.
As a proofreader, you’ll be taking content others have written and reading it over with a fine-toothed comb.
Interested? Caitlin Pyle, the creator of Proofread Anywhere, has a Free Daily Workshop: Learning the Skills You Need to Start Your Freelance Proofreading Hustle.
Caitlin earned over $43,000 a year part-time, so her free workshops are definitely worth checking out. See when the next class is here to turn your love for fixing others mistakes and red pens into a profitable business.
# 4) Start a Blog
When it comes to my own favorite job for introverts — blogging tops my list. Actually, it’s how I now support my family working from home.
Blogs are extremely fun to work on, yet they’re not an instant money machine. What’s nice however is that they take very little time, money, and knowledge to get started (read The Ways To Wealth’s Insanely Simple Guide To Starting A Blog).
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If you’re interested in starting a blog, I have a free 7-day email course: How To Make Your First $1K Blogging.
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# 5) Make Money Shopping Online
Did you know you can make money with the shopping you’re doing online with eBates?
What eBates allows you to do is share a referral fee for making a purchase through their link. So, you get a few extra percent back from your purchases from stores like Amazon, Target, eBay, Nordstrom, and more.
If you sign up through this link, you’ll get a $10 bonus too. So, you’ll get an instant $10 back from your first purchase, then you’ll earn every time you shop online.
# 6 – Freelancing
Proofreading is an excellent way to start earning money outside of a job. But, it’s only one of the dozens of freelancing opportunities growing in demand.
Other fast-growing freelancing opportunities include:
- Freelance writing
- Graphic design
- Social media management
- Voice acting
- Translation & ESL teaching
Want to see what other ways exist to start earning money freelancing?
Checkout the FREE Mini-Guide: 73 Skills And Services You Can Offer To Make Money From Home
If you’re looking to connect the dots between your skills, what you love to do, and businesses who will pay for them? Download the FREE Mini-Guide now.
# 7) Take Pictures of Your Receipts
Next time you go grocery shopping, download the app iBotta beforehand.
iBotta will pay you to buy groceries. All you have to do is scan your receipt and product barcodes after you make a purchase. What’s nice is a lot of the “coupons” inside the app are for any brand items. So, it’s not always necessary to change your favorite brands.
I’ve been using the app for about a year and have found the 30-seconds it takes to redeem the coupons worth the effort. What’s also nice is you can use a receipt that’s up to a week old. So, if you have an old grocery receipt on hand, get started now.
# 8 – Find Out if Stores Owe You a Refund
Did you know you can get a refund if something you bought online has dropped in price?
Say you bought something last month for $150 and the price dropped 10% due to a recent sale. You can make a quick $15 by claiming a refund. Shop online a lot? You stand to make even more.
What makes this process effortless is that there’s a 100% free tool called Paribus which does the heavy-lifting for you.
After signing up for Paribus, it tracks your recent purchases (through emailed receipts). Paribus looks for price drops and helps you get a refund when it finds one.
And unlike other similar sites, Paribus allows you to keep 100% of the refund. That’s right, there are no hidden fees.
# 9 – Lose Weight, Get Paid
Like to workout and live a healthy lifestyle? Or need some extra motivation to start living a healthier lifestyle? Believe it or not, you can actually get paid for losing weight with HealthyWage.
Check out this video of HealthyWage on Good Morning America:
Here’s a quick summary of how it works:
- Start at the HealthyWage Prize Calculator and enter how much weight you want to lose, when you want to lose it by, and how much you want to bet per month
- Based on what you enter The HealthyWage Prize Calculator will determine how much you can earn
- After registering, you’ll then start the challenge with a video-recorded weigh-in
- The challenge then ends with another video recorded weigh-in.
Interested? Click here to see how much you can earn.
Bonus: Find Flexible Jobs for Introverts
If you enjoy your career, yet struggle with the day-to-day commute and office environment, one option is to find a work from home job.
This is easier said than done, especially if you search for a job the traditional way. As for every legit job on a site like Craigslist, there are multiple “too good to be true” opportunities, e.g. like this listing below!
Fortunately, the number of companies who hire remote workers is growing. And yes they offer things like salary, benefits, opportunities to grow, etc…
One job site I often recommend is FlexJobs. FlexJobs screens each job listing — more than 30,000 of them — to be sure each company is legit.
Here’s the catch: FlexJobs is a paid membership site. To get full details of a job listing, you must sign up for their $14.95 monthly membership.
Fortunately, the quality of the listings is indeed worth the small price. Also, for free you can see what jobs are available. Then, once you find the right gig, there’s no contract so you can cancel at any time.
Related Reading on The Ways to Wealth
- 15 Money Making Apps That Can Add Up To $500 A Month In Income
- 20 High-Paying Part-Time Weekend Jobs For Extra Income
- 33 Legit Online Jobs Where You Can Earn Over $40,000 Working From Home
- The 12 Best Survey Sites To Earn Cash Quick
*Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.