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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.

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. You can also do it as 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.

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Learn How to Become a Proofreader

Learn How to Become a Proofreader

Proofread Anywhere is the go-to resource for people looking to break into the work-from-home proofreading industry. The free 76-minute workshop explains how to know whether proofreading is a good fit for you, and how to get started if you decide that it is.

#2) 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.

Real estate is an excellent hedge against inflation and historically comes without the stock market’s volatility. Today there’s no reason you can’t use the same strategy. And best of all, you can start for as little as $10.

Fundrise allows regular people 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. Fundrise has now done over $7 billion in real estate transactions and paid out over $160 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. Plus, invest $10 and get a bonus of $10 in shares for a limited time.

#3) Become a bookkeeper

How would you like to make your 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.

#4) Get paid for your opinion

Surveys don’t sound like the most exciting side job, but they’re a low-stress way to make money in your spare time.

If you’re brand new to online surveys, here’s how they work: you sign up for a survey site 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 by taking surveys, sign up for Survey Junkie.

Survey Junkie also has an “Excellent” rating on Trustpilot from over 33,000 reviews — the highest among all survey companies.

They also offer 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.

Visit Survey Junkie

#5) Get paid to test products

Participating in market research is a fun way for introverts to make some extra income. In some cases, market research companies will send you free products to test out and share your opinion.

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 by signing up with i-Say by Ipsos.

Ipsos is one of the world’s largest market research companies. While Ipsos primarily allows you to earn by taking surveys, they do offer some product testing opportunities from time to time. These usually go to the most active survey panel members.

To get started, just sign up, confirm your email, and complete the basic profile survey. From there, take the surveys they send to you; as you continue to participate over time, you’ll become more and more likely to get invited to product testing surveys.

Share Your Opinion. Earn Rewards.
i-Say by Ipsos

i-Say by Ipsos

Ipsos is one of the largest market research companies in the world, with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. Its consumer opinion branch i-Say is widely considered one of the best options for taking paid online surveys and paid product trials. Sign up for free today.

#6) 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 for this route is watching videos online on Swagbucks, which pays you to watch short clips.

Most of the time, you’ll 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 $725 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 several other ways, including playing games and searching the web.

Signing up only takes 30 seconds, and you’ll get a $10 bonus.

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#7) Freelance Writing

Freelance writing was my first real success making money outside of a traditional job.

I earned a whopping $50 for close to 10 hours of writing a small business brochure. 

But soon after that — with a few happy clients under my belt and a five-star feedback rating — 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 new assignment meant getting paid to learn and write about an interesting new topic. And while I wasn’t earning much money at first, I realized quickly how much opportunity is available in freelance writing.

If you’re interested in making a living as a writer, I wrote an entire guide on how to become a freelance writer.

#8) Start a Website Around Your Passion

This site is one example of a passion project turned into a full-time career. 

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, I started the site in 2016 to share what I’ve learned about money management and building wealth to a larger audience. 

I didn’t have grand plans for the site at the time. Yet, since that The Ways To Wealth has grown into a full-time, sizable enterprise. 

I started this website in less than 20 minutes with Bluehost for under $3 a month. And, from there, dove in head first, learning one  skill at a time. 

A blog is really an incredible asset to own. Not only can it generate passive income, but it’s a great way to learn. 

You can not only go more in-depth about a topic you’re passionate about, e.g., cooking, gardening, finance, but just as important, pick up in-demand skills that are highly valuable in today’s economy, like content marketing, graphic design, email marketing, and more. 

To learn more, read our guide to starting a website in less than 20 minutes.

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.

#9) Earn Passive Income From Your Extra Space

The gig economy has enabled millions 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 high-paying gig economy opportunities for the more reserved among us.

One of our favorites is Neighbor, an app that allows you to make $100 to $400 a month renting out your driveway, parking spot, basement, guest room, shed, backyard, or even an empty closet for storage. 

In other words, Neighbor is similar to Airbnb, but instead of hosting people, you’re renting out space that others can use to store their stuff. 

What’s great about Neighbor is that renters of your space may store their stuff for months at a time, so you’re not dealing with new tenants every few days. That means you’re earning on autopilot. 

Listing your space on Neighbor is both easy and free, and it’s all done through their mobile app. You’re also protected with $1 million in liability insurance at no extra cost. 

Visit Neighbor to learn more.

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 gigs 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 some side income.

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!

  3. Thanks for posting this. I am very interested in a few of these careers and would like to look further into them.

  4. I am a retired dental hygienist and am thinking about earning some money from home. These are great ideas.

  5. While these sound fairly interesting. I have found I enjoy data entry. Any suggestions for a side job on that front?

  6. Hi, this information is great especially the blogging idea because it’s one I’ve been wanting to do. What platform do you use to blog and is it free?

    1. Hi Eva,

      I use WordPress. The software itself is free. What you do have to pay for if you want your own domain is hosting. This is a few dollars a month.

  7. How do you put bookkeepers part of leds stressful job when there are many deadlines involve. Many businesses ownerswho don’t know what’s the different between customers and vendors are? And a bookkeepers have to deal with them. And many other things is involved

    1. Hi Neda,

      I welcome others to chime in here as well, as I’ve personally never been a bookkeeper myself. As with many jobs, a lot comes down to who you’re working for, either as an employer or freelancer.

      Overall, bookkeeping, in general, is seen as one of the less stressful jobs with a high degree of work-life balance, such as here with U.S. — News.

      Of course, it’s not for everyone. If you have experience here, love to hear more.

      1. Freelance bookkeeping can be less stressful if you don’t do full charge. You may want to just do accounts payable / receivables and maybe payroll. More like a data entry position. Then you don’t need to worry so much about deadlines, taxes, etc.

      2. Great insight!

  8. I looked into taking surveys and testing products, a few years ago. I could only connect with companies who had you save up thousands of points to maybe get paid $1. Are these companies different now? I am interested in earning money through taking surveys and/ or testing products, but I would like an option which is true and substantial. What is your advice?

    1. Hi Geri! If you’re interested in testing products, we have a full list of legit product testing companies here: For Surveys, we think Survey Junkie is a good-paying option when you’re looking for quick surveys you can take in your spare time/on-the-go. But the best-paying market research company we’ve ever tested is User Interviews, which paid our reviewer $55 per hour on average. The big downside is that the site offers mostly in-depth 1-on-1 video calls and focus groups, which take between 30-60 minutes and need to be scheduled in advance. So, it’s quite a bit less flexible than Survey Junkie. You can learn more about it here:

  9. Where do I find out about the freelance writing. I didn’t see it in the article.

  10. I currently use Swagbucks and they keep updating was to earn Swagbucks.

  11. Mr. Weiss – Thank you so much for this information! I will be retiring in about a year & a half & have been getting worried about, first finances as SS will not be enough for me to maintain my home & expenses. I also won’t have nearly enough in a 401k to make a difference & help support a stress-free lifestyle. I have already worked over 50 yrs & am not sure I’d be able to “not” work in retirement. These are all great ideas to do a side-hustle & earn some money to supplement SS & not have to have a full time or even part time job. I will definitely look into some of these. Thank you again for helping put my mind at ease on my upcoming road to retirement.

  12. Do you have more information about proofreading? Like a website to get started with.

    1. Hi Karen. Please check out the video series from Caitlin Pyle, who runs Proofread Anywhere.

  13. Wow… I was thinking about a side hustle that as an introvert would be able to do that doesn’t involve to much interactions with people just weeks ago! Then today I came across this. These are some GREAT ideas for me and many of them I already love to do! Finally someone gets us introverts! 😊 THANK YOU so much for this!

  14. Mr. Weiss,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas! I know I need to re-enter the work force, but I’m not really wanting to go back to an office setting. These put me at ease and are things that are actually doable.

    Thanks again,


  15. I have another gig to add to your list. Being an introvert myself, I created my own job (business) cleaning up litter outside commercial properties for property management companies. The service is performed on-foot using a unique hand tool. It’s almost as easy to do as going for a walk! I love the solitude and peacefulness of working in the early morning hours before businesses open.

  16. Hello! I checked out the Proofreading lead that you shared, and I signed up for a short-term course with Caitlin that is thorough and enjoyable since I’ve always been an avid reader. I also administrate a High School Alumni page on Facebook so it will be put to good use there. She lowered the price to where I could afford it since I’m retired. I may launch a pt business but I have other project ideas in mind, as well, and this course will help tremendously. I’d rather work from home; miss me with a cubicle!! This was a wonderful suggestion for me. Thanks so much!

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