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

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 here to turn your love for fixing others’ mistakes into a profitable business.

#2) Become a bookkeeper — earn up to $60/hour working from home

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 and Be Your Own Boss.

#3) Make money while you’re watching TV

Did you know market research companies will pay you to answer questions on your phone, even while you’re watching TV?

It won’t make you rich, but it’s certainly one of the most popular ways to make extra money.

One of our favorite apps, Survey Junkie, has over 5 million members. They have an excellent rating on Trustpilot, as well as a highly-rated app for both Android and iPhone.

Survey Junkie on the app store

Survey Junkie is known for offering fun surveys, such as rating new music. It takes less than a minute to sign up and get started

And of course, it’s 100% free and no phone number is required.

Start earning with Survey Junkie

#4) 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.

Apply with VIPKid

#5) Turn your passion into a thriving online business

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, I was making enough money to quit my full-time job.

By no means did I begin with the goal of leaving a stable career in finance I held for 10 years that soon. 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.

Not sure what to blog about? Here’s a good question to ask: “When you walk into a bookstore or browse a magazine rack, what is the subject you look at first?” Is it business, cooking, crafts, home and garden, parenting, sports or travel? Asking this helps ensure there’s demand for your topic — publishers don’t publish books/magazines on topics that aren’t profitable.

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.

If you’re interested in making money blogging, we have a free step-by-step course: How To Make Your First $1,000 Blogging.

The course teaches you exactly how to launch and build a profitable blog — no matter your experience level.

To get free access:

  1. Visit the sign-up page.
  2. Click “Enroll in Course” and sign up for a free Teachable account, or log in to your existing account.
  3. Get immediate access to the entire course.

How to Make Your First $1,000 Blogging

#6) Get paid to test products at home

Another way to make money inside the market research industry 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: Unlike SurveyJunkie, they do ask for your phone number, as it’s required to ship products.

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

Learn more here.

#7) Become a virtual assistant — 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.

Interested? Watch the free daily webinar from Esther Inman, the creator of 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.

#8) Earn a Living Writing About Topics You Love

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-start feedback rating — I was billing at much higher rates.

And within a year, I was earning over $100 per hour.

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 up an entire guide on how to find your first freelance writing job.

You’ll also want to check out our free guide on landing your first job on Upwork; it’s the largest freelancing site on the web, with hundreds of high-quality writing opportunities posted daily.

#9) Swagbucks — 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.

No, you can’t get rich. But you can earn a few easy bucks relaxing on your couch.

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.

Start Earning with Swagbucks

Similar App for Android Users Only: A related app for those who love playing video games is Mistplay. Downloading the app allows you to earn rewards for testing new mobile video games. Points can be redeemed for gift cards to Amazon, VISA, Google, and more. 

Final Thoughts

I can’t speak for all introverts, but if you’re anything like me, there’s nothing better than finding a flexible, high-paying online job.

You get to maintain control over your schedule, and you don’t have to deal with all the personal drama and inter-office politics that usually go along with a traditional job.

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, things like taking surveys with Survey Junkie and earning sign-up bonuses (like the Swagbucks offer discussed above) can be easy and stress-free ways to generate a little bit of quick cash. It’s true that they won’t make you rich, but they 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.

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