If you’re an introvert looking for ways to make extra money, you’ve come to the right place.
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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.
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.
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.
#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.
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#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.
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.