If you’re wondering how to make money without a job, you’ve come to the right place.
In fact, this short guide on side jobs for introverts has now been shared over 100,000 times on social media.
The best part?
All of these ideas are working GREAT right now.
Let’s dive in!
#1) A side job for people who love to read
Love to read? Proofreading is an excellent example of a job that needs no certification. It’s a job where if you want to, you can land your first client today. And with the explosion of web content in recent years, it’s also a job that’s in high demand.
As a proofreader, you’ll take content other people have written and read over it with a fine-toothed comb, checking for typos, grammar mistakes, and punctuation errors.
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 a full-time income while working only part-time, so her free workshops are worth checking out. See when the next class is here to turn your love for fixing others’ mistakes into a profitable business.
#2) 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.
Here’s how it works: you sign up for a survey site (for free), and then you’re notified by email when a survey is available.
For example, here’s a survey opportunity that was recently emailed to me.
Not all offers are this good, of course. But every once in a while you’ll get one like this.
If you’d like to earn extra cash by taking surveys, then sign up for Survey Junkie.
With over 5 million members, Survey Junkie is one of the largest survey sites and has an excellent rating on TrustPilot.
They are also known for offering fun surveys, such as rating new music.
It takes less than a minute to sign up and get started. Then, you’ll be sent surveys via email.
And of course, it’s 100% free.
#3) Teach from the comfort of your own home
Common personality strengths shared by introverts include being a good listener, especially in a one-on-one setting, creativity, and being self-reflective about their work. While these traits are important in all lines of work, they have even greater importance in one of our society’s most important roles — a teacher.
If you enjoy working with children, yet don’t like the idea of standing in front of a classroom, consider teaching online — specifically, becoming a tutor.
Companies like VIPKID allow you to make good money teaching English online to children overseas.
You’ll get some pretty nice benefits, such as:
- Paying customers, lesson plans and course materials are ALL provided for you.
- Earn up to $22 an hour.
- Work when you want, where you want, with no need to worry about marketing your services as students are waiting for you.
Before applying, there are some requirements to meet:
- You must have a bachelor’s degree (in any field).
- You need some teaching experience, but it doesn’t have to be a formal teaching background. For example, previous tutoring experience or volunteer work as a Sunday school teacher is usually sufficient.
#4) Launch your career as a part-time bookkeeper
How does earning $60 an hour sound? How about $60 an hour plus the freedom to choose when, where and how much you work?
Those are the potential benefits of starting your own bookkeeping business, according to Ben Robinson, an accountant and business owner who has helped over 3,000 people do just that.
And no, you don’t need to be a CPA or have prior accounting experience. All you need are a few basic computer skills and a love for numbers.
What’s also great about becoming a part-time bookkeeper is that the business has:
- Low startup costs
- High profit margins
- Consistent demand
That’s why Entrepreneur magazine recently listed bookkeeping as America’s most profitable business.
If you’re interested, check out Ben’s free three-class series: How To Own a Virtual Bookkeeping Service, Earn Good Money & Be Your Own Boss.
#5) Take pictures of your receipts
If you’re looking for ways to make money without a job, you’ll almost certainly like this one. Before you go on your next grocery run, take a minute to download the Ibotta app. Ibotta pays you to buy groceries. I know, that sounds crazy. But I promise it’s legit.
All you have to do is scan your receipt and the product barcodes when you get home. What’s nice is that many of the “coupons” inside the app are for any brand of items. So it’s not always necessary to change from 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 to be well worth the effort. With a 4.7/5 rating and 390,000+ reviews, Ibotta easily made our list of the best money making apps.
What’s also nice is that you can scan a receipt that’s up to a week old. So, if you have an old grocery receipt on hand, get started now.
Pro Tip: For some extra cash, check out the highly-rated receipt scanning app Fetch Rewards (it has a 4.8/5 rating on the App Store with 300,000+ reviews). Fetch Rewards allows you to scan any grocery receipt from any store, and there are no specific products you have to buy. Any receipt earns you points, which you can exchange for free gift cards. And yes, you can use both apps on the same receipt to maximize your savings! Enter code APREWARDS when signing up to earn 4,000 bonus points.
#6) Get Two Free Stocks (Worth Up to $1400)
Businesses regularly pay out dividends to their shareholders. In fact, companies in the S&P 500 paid out over $400 billion in dividends last year — an all-time high.
Dividends are one of my favorite forms of side income, because they’re completely passive income. You’re essentially getting paid to own a stock. Beyond the dividends, you can also earn money when the price of the stock goes up.
What else is great about investing is that it’s never been easier to get started. Right now, one platform that makes it easy for anyone to start investing is Webull.
Webull allows you to buy and sell stocks and ETFs for free, with no commissions or account fees. There’s also no minimum to get started, so you can deposit $1 if you’d like.
But here’s my favorite part: right now Webull is giving away two free stocks worth up to $1,400 for opening an account.
When you sign up, you’ll get a free stock worth between $2.50 and $250. Then you’ll get another free stock — this one worth up to $1,400 — by making a deposit of any amount.
After I signed up and made a deposit of $10, Webull gave me two free shares of Investors Bancorp Inc. (ISBC), valued at around $12 each. While I was hoping for the jackpot (a stock valued at hundreds of dollars), it wasn’t a bad return for the five minutes it took to open the account.
#7) Start a blog
When it comes to my personal favorite job for introverts, blogging tops my list. It’s how I now support my family while working from home.
Blogs are fun to work on, but they’re not an instant money machine. What’s nice, however, is that they take very little time, money, and knowledge to get started. (See: The Ways To Wealth’s Insanely Simple Guide To Starting A Blog.)
If you’re interested in starting a blog, I highly recommend downloading New York Times best-selling author Ruth Soukup’s FREE new blogger focus guide.
The free guide is a great way to help you quickly discover what’s important (and what’s not) when it comes to building a successful blog.
#8) Deliver with DoorDash
The gig economy has allowed thousands of people to make money in their spare time. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft get a lot of attention, but let’s face it: driving people around all day isn’t ideal for introverts.
Fortunately, there are other quality opportunities to earn beyond ridesharing. One app that has really good reviews is DoorDash.
DoorDash is a food delivery service that allows freelancers to work (almost) on-demand, picking up and delivering customers’ orders from local establishments. I say “almost” because DoorDash does have a scheduling system; you have to sign up for shifts (which you can choose).
However, one perk about DoorDash is that if you live in an area where it has a consistent stream of orders, the payout tends to be quite high. Also, each time you’re offered a delivery (via a notice on your smartphone), you’ll see a minimum guaranteed payout amount, and you can choose to accept or decline the job.
#9) Start investing in real estate for only $500
Real estate is one of the primary ways wealthy people make money. However, investing in real estate takes a lot of time, has huge upfront costs, and comes with significant risks.
But now there’s a way for everyday people to avoid those obstacles and invest in real estate regardless of their bank account’s value — making some of the most attractive potential returns available through crowdfunding platforms.
One of the largest crowd-funded real estate sites — and the one I choose to personally invest with — is Fundrise.
What’s great about Fundrise is that it allows you to start investing with just $500.
Fundrise then does all the heavy lifting when it comes to buying and selling. There’s no talking to agents or lenders, and there’s no negotiating. The expected returns are 8% to 11% per year.
I recently wrote an in-depth review of the platform, which you can read here.
What I personally like best about Fundrise is that you’re allowed to see the properties you’re investing in. For someone like me who wants to eventually get into local real estate, this is a great way to learn what makes for an ideal investment.
Fundrise has strict standards for the types of properties it allows on the platform, so with each investment, I’m learning why that property was attractive in the first place.
For example, my current portfolio contains 35 different investments.
I can then click on each investment to learn more about the property itself, as well as get a full market analysis of the area:
If you’re not satisfied for any reason within the first 90 days, Fundrise will buy back your investment at the original price.