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9 Low-Stress Side Hustles For Introverts That Pay Surprisingly Well

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If you’re an introvert looking for ways to make extra money, you’ve come to the right place.

In fact, this short guide 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) The side job for people who love to read

Love to read? Love spotting errors? Love to work independently? If so, you probably have the makings of a successful proofreader.

Proofreading doesn’t require certification, and the explosion of web content in recent years has skyrocketed demand for reliable freelancers in the field. Plus, you can do it as either a side hustle or a full-time career.

If you’re 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 a full-time income while working only part-time, so her free workshops are worth checking out. See when the next class is to turn your love for fixing others’ mistakes into a profitable business.

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Proofread Anywhere is the go-to resource for people looking to break into the work-from-home proofreading industry. The free 76-minute workshop explains how to know whether proofreading is a good fit for you, and how to get started if you decide that it is.

#2) Become a real estate investor for as little as $10

What do some of the world’s wealthiest people have in common? They have a significant amount of their net worth in real estate.

When purchased right, real estate is an excellent hedge against inflation and historically comes without the stock market’s volatility. Today there’s no reason you can’t use the same strategy. And best of all, you can start for as little as $10.

Fundrise gives regular people the ability to invest in real estate without taking on debt or becoming a landlord with their Starter Portfolio, which has a $10 minimum and is geared towards first-time real estate investors. 

Once you’re invested with Fundrise, you’ll get both income from rental payments and money from the potential appreciation. In total, Fundrise has now done over $7 billion in real estate transactions and has paid out over $160 million in dividends. 

Owning real estate has always been considered one of the top sources of passive income. But it requires a lot of upfront work in terms of finding good deals, taking out a loan, vetting renters, and property maintenance. Fundrise takes this work off your plate, plus gives you access to the best markets across the United States.

Interested? It takes just a few minutes to sign up and get started. Plus, for a limited time, invest $10 and get a bonus of $10 in shares.

#3) Boost your income by downloading steady 

The gig economy has enabled millions 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 quality opportunities to earn beyond ridesharing. 

The easiest way to find gig economy opportunities near you is by downloading Steady

Steady is a free app that curates a list of thousands of flexible jobs, both locally and online. 

It’s ideal for gig economy beginners because you can see what’s available, how much it pays and how to get started in just a few clicks

Users report earning an additional $5,500 per year using the app. 

Plus, by linking your bank account, you get access to premium membership features like cash boosters and emergency cash grants. 

Sign up for Steady.

#4) Get paid for your opinion

Surveys don’t sound like the most exciting side job, but they’re a low-stress way to make money in your spare time.

If you’re brand new to online surveys, here’s how they work: you sign up for a survey site 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.

Filling out surveys can be a great way to make a little extra cash on the side

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 by taking surveys, then sign up for Survey Junkie.

Survey Junkie also has an “Excellent” rating on Trustpilot from over 33,000 reviews — the highest among all survey companies.

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.

Visit Survey Junkie

#5) Earn cash watching cooking videos

Not everyone is looking to dive head-first into a new career or project. They just need an easy way to make a quick dollar without much hassle.

A good option if you’re looking to go this route is watching videos online on a website called Swagbucks, which pays you to watch short clips.

Most of the time, what you’ll do is choose a video to watch, such as cooking or celebrity gossip, and then answer a few questions about it.

Swagbucks has now paid out over $675 million in rewards, has an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau, and an “Excellent” rating from Trustpilot. 

In addition to watching videos, you can earn money in a number of other ways, including playing games, searching the web and shopping online.

It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, and you’ll get a $10 bonus to get started.

#6) Help Small Business Owners Succeed

One position that more and more small business owners are hiring for is that of a virtual assistant. Being a virtual assistant can mean many things, as the title is really a catch-all term.

As a virtual assistant, you may find yourself answering emails, bookkeeping, scheduling social media posts and more. It really comes down to your strengths and your client’s needs.

To get a sense of whether becoming a virtual assistant is right for you, check out the free webinar from Esther Inman, the creator of the Virtual Assistant Internship.

Esther quit her job over 5 years ago when she realized it wasn’t suitable for living a healthy and happy military wife and mom life. To make up for the loss of income, she started working part-time as a virtual assistant. Her success came quickly, as within two months she had two clients and was working 35 hours per week.

Esther’s free webinar covers:

  • What virtual assistants are (and what they are not!).
  • How to find legit work without prior experience.
  • What you’ll need to start your virtual assistant career.

Sign up for the next class here.

#7) Launch a Freelance Writing Business

Freelance writing was my first real success making money outside of a traditional job.

I earned a whopping $50 for what was close to 10 hours of work, writing a brochure for a small business. 

But soon after that — with a few happy clients under my belt and a five-star feedback rating — I was billing at much higher rates. And within a year, I was doing very well writing and designing web pages.

As an introvert myself, I loved the work. Every new assignment meant getting paid to learn and write about an interesting new topic. And while I wasn’t earning a lot of money at first, I came to realize quickly just how much opportunity is available in freelance writing.If you’re interested in making a living as a writer, I wrote an entire guide on how to become a freelance writer.

#8) Get up to $70 in free stock

Here’s the deal: it’s never been a better time to start investing. Not only can you now start with just $5, $10 or $25, but you can get free stock just for opening an account.

Right now, the app that makes it easiest for anyone to start investing is Public.

Public allows you to buy and sell stocks and ETFs for free, with no commissions or account fees.

But here’s my favorite part: right now Public is giving away a free share of stock, worth up to $70, for opening an account (no deposit required).

Get a free stock worth up to $70.

#9) Become a Bookkeeper

How would you like to make your own schedule, working where and when you want?

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 start-up 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 and Be Your Own Boss.

What’s Next?

I can’t speak for all introverts, but if you’re anything like me, there’s nothing better than finding work that makes it easy to get out of bed in the morning. 

That’s why I included things like proofreading, freelance writing, and bookkeeping on this list; they can be side hustles you do in your spare time to make extra money right now, but they also have the potential to become much more than that — lucrative careers that allow you to earn a great living on your own terms.

If you’re looking for something a little less involved, taking surveys or getting free stocks (and investing in general) can be an easy and stress-free way to generate a little bit of side income.

R.J. Weiss
R.J. Weiss is the founder and editor of The Ways To Wealth, a Certified Financial Planner™, husband and father of three. He's spent the last 10+ years writing about personal finance and has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, MSN Money, and other publications.


  1. I am very interested in most of the online jobs listed above. I was glad to see that there were free classes offered to show how to begin. I am very excited to give some of these a try because since I retired two years ago my income has slowed down drastically.

  2. Thanks for this list.

    1. You’re welcome!

  3. Thanks for posting this. I am very interested in a few of these careers and would like to look further into them.

  4. I am a retired dental hygienist and am thinking about earning some money from home. These are great ideas.

  5. While these sound fairly interesting. I have found I enjoy data entry. Any suggestions for a side job on that front?

  6. Hi, this information is great especially the blogging idea because it’s one I’ve been wanting to do. What platform do you use to blog and is it free?

    1. Hi Eva,

      I use WordPress. The software itself is free. What you do have to pay for if you want your own domain is hosting. This is a few dollars a month.

  7. How do you put bookkeepers part of leds stressful job when there are many deadlines involve. Many businesses ownerswho don’t know what’s the different between customers and vendors are? And a bookkeepers have to deal with them. And many other things is involved

    1. Hi Neda,

      I welcome others to chime in here as well, as I’ve personally never been a bookkeeper myself. As with many jobs, a lot comes down to who you’re working for, either as an employer or freelancer.

      Overall, bookkeeping, in general, is seen as one of the less stressful jobs with a high degree of work-life balance, such as here with U.S. — News.

      Of course, it’s not for everyone. If you have experience here, love to hear more.

  8. I looked into taking surveys and testing products, a few years ago. I could only connect with companies who had you save up thousands of points to maybe get paid $1. Are these companies different now? I am interested in earning money through taking surveys and/ or testing products, but I would like an option which is true and substantial. What is your advice?

    1. Hi Geri! If you’re interested in testing products, we have a full list of legit product testing companies here: For Surveys, we think Survey Junkie is a good-paying option when you’re looking for quick surveys you can take in your spare time/on-the-go. But the best-paying market research company we’ve ever tested is User Interviews, which paid our reviewer $55 per hour on average. The big downside is that the site offers mostly in-depth 1-on-1 video calls and focus groups, which take between 30-60 minutes and need to be scheduled in advance. So, it’s quite a bit less flexible than Survey Junkie. You can learn more about it here:

  9. Where do I find out about the freelance writing. I didn’t see it in the article.

  10. I currently use Swagbucks and they keep updating was to earn Swagbucks.

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