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) A 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.
As a proofreader, you’ll take content other people have written and look over it with a fine-toothed comb, checking for typos, grammar mistakes, and punctuation errors.
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) Do this while you’re watching TV
If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to earn some extra cash each month, one simple option is participating in paid online surveys.
It won’t make you rich, but it’s a legit way to make some extra spending money.
Here’s how it works: in order to get alerts about opportunities to participate in a survey, you need to sign up with a reputable market research company. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be notified by email when opportunities are available.
What’s nice is that good survey companies show you the amount you can earn upfront, as well as the estimated time it takes to complete the survey. This helps you determine whether it’s worth your time to participate.
If you’re interested in earning money by helping brands improve their products and services, sign up for Survey Junkie.
With over 5 million members, Survey Junkie is one of the largest market research companies around. It also has an excellent rating on Trustpilot, as well as a highly-rated app for both Android and iPhone (so you can take surveys on the go).
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. Then, you’ll be sent surveys via email.
And of course, it’s 100% free and no phone number is required.
#3) Launch your career as a part-time bookkeeper
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.
#4) Start a blog
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 headfirst, 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, step-by-step, how to launch and build a profitable blog — no matter your experience level.
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#5) Build your money making muscle with highly-rated apps
One of our core beliefs here at The Ways To Wealth is that making money is a skill. And just like any other skill, it takes practice to become proficient.
That’s why, if you’re someone who hasn’t made much money outside of a traditional job, I recommend aiming small — trying to just make an extra $50 or $100 a month, for example.
An amount like that isn’t going to change your life in 30 days. But, over the long-term, committing to building your “money making muscle” will make a big impact.
So, it’s $50 this month. Maybe $100 the next. And $150 the next. A year from now, with 12 months of seeing what works and trying new ideas, maybe it’s an extra $500 or so a month.
As Warren Buffett has said, “that’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.”
For earning that first $50 or so dollars a month, one easy option that’s available to anyone who shops at a grocery store is Ibotta.
Ibotta (which has a 4.8/5 rating with over 800,000 reviews) will actually pay you to buy groceries.
All you have to do is scan your receipt and the product barcodes when you get home. What’s nice is that many of the “coupons” inside the app are for any brand of items. So it’s not always necessary to change from your favorite products.
I’ve been using the app for about a year, and have found the 30 seconds it takes to redeem the coupons to be well worth the effort.
What’s also nice is that you can scan a receipt that’s up to a week old. So, if you have an old grocery receipt on hand, you can get started building that money making muscle now.
Pro Tip: For some extra cash, check out the highly-rated receipt scanning app Fetch Rewards (it has a 4.8/5 rating on the App Store with 300,000+ reviews). Fetch Rewards allows you to scan any grocery receipt from any store, and there are no specific products you have to buy. Any receipt earns you points, which you can exchange for free gift cards. And yes, you can use both apps on the same receipt to maximize your savings! Enter code APREWARDS when signing up to earn 4,000 bonus points.
#6) Get two free stocks (worth up to $1,650)
Some sources of income require a big investment of your time. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you enjoy the work. However, there are benefits to having multiple sources of income — especially ones that don’t require your day-to-day involvement.
One of the most widely available sources of this type of income is investing. And more specifically, dividend investing.
Businesses regularly pay out dividends to their shareholders. In fact, companies in the S&P 500 paid out over $400 billion in dividends last year — an all-time high.
Dividends are one of my favorite forms of side income because they’re completely passive.
You’re essentially getting paid to own a stock. Beyond the dividends, you can also earn money when the price of the stock goes up.
Another thing that’s great about investing is that it’s never been easier to get started. Right now, one platform that makes it easy for anyone to start investing is Webull.
Webull allows you to buy and sell stocks and ETFs for free, with no commissions or account fees. There’s also no minimum to get started, so you can deposit $1 if you’d like.
But here’s my favorite part: right now Webull is giving away two free shares of stock, worth up to $1,650 in total, for opening an account.
After I signed up and made a deposit of $10, Webull gave me two free shares of Investors Bancorp Inc. (ISBC), valued at around $12 each. While I was hoping for the jackpot (a stock valued at hundreds of dollars), it wasn’t a bad return for the five minutes it took to open the account.
#7) Deliver with DoorDash
The gig economy has allowed thousands 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 other quality opportunities to earn beyond ridesharing. One app that has really good reviews is DoorDash.
DoorDash is a food delivery service that allows freelancers to work (almost) on-demand, picking up and delivering customers’ orders from local establishments. I say “almost” because DoorDash does have a scheduling system; you have to sign up for shifts (which you can choose).
However, one perk about DoorDash is that if you live in an area where it has a consistent stream of orders, the payout tends to be quite high.
Also, each time you’re offered a delivery (via a notification on your smartphone), you’ll see a minimum guaranteed payout amount, and you can choose to accept or decline the job.
#8) 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.
With that said, the type of person who excels in the role is someone who loves learning new things, as the job’s duties and responsibilities often change quickly.
Managing time is another important skill for succeeding as a virtual assistant. Good time management will not only allow you to excel at the job, but also to add more clients. And when you add more clients, you increase the amount you can earn.
That’s exactly what Kayla Sloan did. She was a well-known virtual assistant among personal finance bloggers. And through efficiency, she was able to deliver services as a VA for multiple clients at once. By adding more and more clients, she eventually earned over $10,000 a month and has gone on to make over six figures a year.
If you want to learn more from Kayla, she has a free course: 5 Steps to Become a Virtual Assistant.
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Check out Kayla’s premium course: $10K VA: How to Make a Consistent $10,000 per Month as a Virtual Assistant.
#9) 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 ways, including searching the web and shopping online (my favorite).
It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, and you’ll get a $10 bonus to get started.
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, freelancing 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, things like taking surveys and earning sign-up bonuses (like the Webull offer I 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.
If you’ve tried any of the options on this list — or others that don’t appear here — please share your experiences about what worked and what didn’t by leaving a comment below!
March 2020’s Top Offers
— Get a free stock (valued at up to $1,400). The highly-rated and free investment app Webull has a limited-time promotion where you can get a free stock for making your first deposit of ANY amount.
— Get paid for completing online surveys with Survey Junkie. Their new $5 minimum payout makes it possible to cash out your earnings today.
— Get $10 in cash from Ibotta. The popular receipt scanning app Ibotta has a $10 welcome offer for new subscribers. Download the free app today and scan your next receipt to earn.