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. If you’re wondering how to make money without a job, here are 9 ideas for introverts.
# 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 free for a 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. Each site has an A-rating by the Better Business Bureau (definitely avoid sites not certified by BBB or TrustPilot).
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 is highest among survey companies.
They also are known for their fun surveys, such as rating new music.
It takes less than a minute to sign up and get started. Then, you’ll be sent qualifying surveys via email.
And of course is 100% free.
Swagbucks is a favorite of mine, as well as readers of The Ways To Wealth. In total, Swagbucks has paid out over $275 million in rewards and has an 8.4 rating on TrustPilot.
You even get a $5 sign-up bonus if you sign up through our Swagbucks $5 Sign-Up Bonus Link.
Instead of getting emailed opportunities, you login to see what opportunities are available. What’s nice is you can sort the opportunities by payout, to take the highest paying surveys first.
It only takes a minute to sign up. And again, it’s 100% free!
# 2) 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.
#3) Get Paid for Downloading This App
Nielsen Holdings, the large publicly traded market research company most known for its TV Ratings, will pay you $50 a year just to install their app.
You just download the Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel App on your phone and/or computer. For each device you’re eligible for, you can get paid up to $50 a year. So, if you have four devices in your household, that’s up to $200 a year.
You’ll then automatically get entries into Nielsen’s numerous sweepstakes. Prizes include vacations and the latest tech from companies like Apple. Plus, there’s a $10,000 sweepstakes you’re eligible for every month.
What does the app do? It provides market research on how you use your phone. From their website:
“In order for us to report accurate data to the mobile industry, we use Nielsen’s proprietary applications and profiles to measure the normal activity of your phone, tablet, or other mobile device. All data transmitted is encrypted and anonymous. All you have to do is download the Nielsen Mobile App or install our profile, depending on your device, and then continue using your mobile device as you usually do – that’s it! The Nielsen Mobile software is undetectable and will not affect your device’s performance or battery life.”
# 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.
In 7 days, you’ll learn all about how to launch your blog the right way from the technical side to marketing. Here’s what you can expect:
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# 5) 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, why not make some money?
And here’s a pro tip for earning money watching videos: Turn the sound off on your computer, open a new tab, and keep the videos going in the background.
Here’s a quick video you can watch to learn more:
# 6) 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.
# 7 – Manage Social Media for Local Businesses
The # 1 thing local businesses want is new, high-quality leads. That means if you can generate these leads, you can get paid a lot of money.
The best social media managers charge $10K+ per month, plus a slice of revenue. Good social media managers charge $3K to $5K per month.
To the surprise of many, some beginners get paid $1,ooo to $2,000 each month. So, even if you’re starting from scratch, with the right training, you can have a profitable business quickly.
What’s also great about becoming a social media manager is it’s one of the steadiest sources of income.
I know social media managers who have five or so clients, each paying them $1,000 to $2,000 every month. And after the work is done to get their campaigns set up, they work only a few hours per week on each client.
If you’re interested, Liz Benny has a free-webinar: How To Become A Social Media Manager, Without Knowing A Thing About Social Media.
Liz has a great personality and her work as a social media manager has appeared in places like CNN, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and Entrepreneur.
If you’re looking for a fun-time, plus the opportunity to learn a very valuable skill, check out her free webinar here.
#8 – Get Paid to Write About What You’re Passionate About
It’s easier than ever to earn a full-time income or more writing about what you’re passionate about.
Businesses of all types need content and they’re willing to pay good money for it.
For example, my friend Gina Horkey was able to replace her high five-figure salary in about 6-months as a freelance writer–even as she had a full-time job and kids at home.
What’s great about freelance writing is you can write about the topics you’re passionate about. So, if you love gardening, cooking, or frugality–there are plenty of opportunities available.
Actually, picking a quality niche is one of the secrets to success as a freelance writer.
To help you out, the above mentioned Gina Horkey has a list of 200+ quality freelance writing niches for beginning freelance writers.
If you’re considering getting started as a freelance writer, I highly recommend you check it out.
# 9) Launch Your Career as a Part–Time Bookkeeper
How does earning $80-an-hour sound with 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 launch their own bookkeeping businesses.
And no, you don’t need to be a CPA or have prior experience in accounting. All you need are basic computer skills and a love for numbers.
What’s also nice about becoming a part-time bookkeeper is that the business has:
- Low startup costs
- High profit margins
- Consistent demand
This is why Entrepreneur Magazine recently listed bookkeeping as America’s most profitable business.
If you’re interested, check out Ben’s free class: How to Start Your Own Virtual Bookkeeping Business & Earn $80+/hr Without Going Into Debt.
Bonus: Find A Better Bank
If you’re not looking for a side job right now, but still want to grow your bank balance, consider finding a better bank. Not only can you earn more in interest, you can save by avoiding fees.
Head over to Even Financial, which is a free search engine that helps you find the bank that pays the highest interest rate in your area. No personal information is required, just enter your zip code to get the results.
When I did this, I found a bank that paid 22X the national average on their savings accounts!
See what banks are paying around you area—check out Even Financial today.