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) Make Money Shopping Online
Did you know you can make money with the shopping you’re already 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.
#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.
Here’s a quick video, you can watch to learn more about Paribus:
Unlike other similar sites, Paribus allows you to keep 100% of the refund. That’s right, there are no hidden fees.
# 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 Flex Job
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.
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.
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