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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.

Proofreading Pros:

  • Zero start-up costs and no required certifications.
  • A foundational skill that can be transferred or combined with higher-value skills. For example, a proofreader can learn the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) to increase their value.
  • The amount of content published online continues to grow.

Proofreading Cons:

  • Clients often want a quick turnaround, so you need the flexibility to complete projects on tight deadlines — often in 24 hours or less.
  • Without a significant barrier to entry to work as a proofreader — e.g., certifications or start-up costs — there’s a lot of competition among beginners.

#2) Get paid to test products

Another fun way for introverts to make some extra income is to become a product tester.

Here’s how it works: market research companies send you free products to test out and share your opinion on. You simply use the products (which are yours to keep) and then get paid for sharing your thoughts.

Brands benefit from your valuable feedback on upcoming, not-yet-released products, which helps them do things like discover their ideal target market and identify where they should spend their advertising dollars.

You can get started making money by signing up for a product testing company like i-Say (they offer online surveys as well).

Just sign up, confirm your email, and complete the basic profile survey.

Note: They do ask for your phone number, as it’s required to ship products. However, i-Say is owned by Ipsos, which is a publicly-traded company that was founded in 1975.

From there, look for survey opportunities that contain trials, which means you’ll get free products sent your way.

Product Testing Pros:

  • Testing out and giving your opinions on new products is a fun way to earn money on the side.
  • You get to keep the products. Or, as many others do, you can sell them online to make more money.

Product Testing Cons:

  • The opportunity to test new products is limited. Some months there might be one new product a week, while other times there may be zero opportunities. As such, this shouldn’t be counted on as a consistent source of income. 

#3) 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.

Bookkeeping Pros:

  • Minimal start-up costs.
  • Room to specialize, which can increase your hourly rate over time.
  • Clients are typically on retainer, allowing you to earn a stable source of income.

Bookkeeping Cons:

  • Takes time to build up a stable base of clients.
  • While specialization (such as taking a certification course offered by a bookkeeping software provider) can increase your hourly rate, purchasing both the software and the certification require a larger investment. 

Access free bookkeeping video series.

#4) Get paid for your opinion

If you’re looking for a flexible and fun way to make money in your spare time, 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.

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 taking surveys, then sign up for Survey Junkie.

With over 5 million members, Survey Junkie is one of the largest survey sites around.

Survey Junkie also has an “Excellent” rating on Trustpilot from over 24,000 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.

Online Survey Pros:

  • Allows you to earn your first dollar today.
  • You can complete the surveys on both computers and smartphones, which allows for a lot of flexibility.

Paid Online Survey Cons:

  • Unlike what you may have read elsewhere online, this isn’t a way to make hundreds of dollars a month. You can, however, earn a few dollars a day and occasionally much more — which can add up to a decent bit of extra spending money over time. 

#5) Get up to $70 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.

#6) Start a Website Around Your Passion

When it comes to my personal favorite side job, blogging tops the list. In fact, I started this blog in 2016 as a side hustle. Yet, in just 14 months, this site was doing well enough to go full-time.

By no means did I begin with the goal of leaving a stable career in finance I held for 10 years that soon, especially with two young kids and a mortgage. 

When I started, I only knew I enjoyed learning and writing about personal finance. But once I dove in head-first, I learned of the incredible business opportunity that blogging provided.

If you’ve ever had the slightest itch to start a blog, I can’t recommend it enough. You can write about what interests you — whether that’s home decor, cooking, fitness, fashion or finance — which makes it quite fun.

Blogging no doubt takes some dedication to get off the ground. But that dedication can really pay off. As an example, posts I wrote years ago still generate traffic (and therefore, income). So, blogs can be that rare passive income business model that everyone desires to have.

To get a more in-depth look at what it takes to build a successful blog, we created a comprehensive email course titled “How To Make Your First $1,000 Blogging.” It goes over everything you need to know to get started — from how to pick a domain name to how to actually monetize your content. 

#7) 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 $400 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.

#8) 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. Now 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 $5 billion in real estate transactions and has paid out over $100 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.

#9) Launch a Freelance Writing Business

Freelance writing was my first real success in 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 — 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 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.

Like proofreading, freelance writing remains a fast-growing field thanks to companies investing more in content. If you’re interested in making money as a writer, check out our step-by-step guide, How To Become A Freelance Writer.

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 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 with Survey Junkie can be an easy and stress-free way to generate a little bit of side income.

It’s true that it won’t make you rich, but it can help you buy something you’ve been wanting without busting your budget, or help you make progress towards your highest priority financial goals. 

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!

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