With the new year right around the corner (can you believe it's already November?!?!) many of us are setting goals about what we want to accomplish next year -- most of which may involve a new side hustle.
But if you're an introvert like me when you hear the words "side hustle" the first thing that comes to mind is you constantly bugging your parents, friends, and grandma's best friend to support your new hobby-turned-business. Like most introverts, I struggle to even make social phone calls, let alone ones that include high-pressure sales tactics.
So what can shy and constantly anxious introverts like me do as a side hustle? Surprisingly, plenty of things.
Look at where you are right now. Clearly, this is a perfect choice for introverts. The idea of sharing our thoughts, feelings, and hopes out loud is crippling, but sharing them online in a public "diary?" All for it!
Just be mindful of the fact that you won’t earn money right away. It typically takes at least a year to start earning any real money, and blogging requires a financial investment upfront for the domain and hosting fees. Not to mention plenty of blood, sweat, and photo editing to make your content pop!
2. Pet Sitting
If there's one thing I love more than playing with a dog, it's playing with a dog that's not mine ha! Just ask my roommate who's little dog can constantly be found lounging around in my room. But with the exception of his owner and about 10 more people, I'm not too fond of interacting with humans. Trust me, Benji is a WAY better listener. If this sounds like you being a pet sitter via Rover.com might be the perfect side hustle. The easy-to-use site lets you set up a dog-walking or pet-sitting business you can operate out of your own home.
3. Mystery Shopping
Getting paid to shop? Count us introverts in! And according to The Penny Hoarder, it's super easy to do and pays surprisingly well!
4. Freelance Writing
While it can take a looonnnnnnng time to build a full-fledged, full-time freelance career, it’s fairly easy to find some entry-level (read: low-paying) jobs on websites like Freelancer.com or Upwork.com. Or you could Google (i.e. stalk) editors of your favorite publications and pitch one-off stories. The road might be tough, but eventually, something will stick. And once that first freelance check comes, more start rolling in (usually).
Disclaimer: I absolutely HATE transcribing. But, for introverts who find listening to a recording over and over and over again soothing, working for a transcription service site like Rev.com can be a lucrative side hustle. And like everything else on this list, no interaction with crowds required.
6. Selling Goods on Etsy, eBay, etc.
If you're a DIY-queen or have a knack for flipping collectibles, then set up your own shop on sites like Etsy or eBay might be the way to go. Depending on which one you choose your workload will vary, but crafting is always better than sitting in a cubicle. Bonus: Aside from periodic visits to the post office or the occasional customer email, you don’t have to interact with people, either.
7. Graphic Designing
If you've got an artsy muscle than flex it! Advertise your ability to make flyers, logos, t-shirts and more via social media or set up shop on an entrepreneurial-focused site like Fiverr and let interested parties come to you.
Are you an introvert with a side hustle? Tell me more about it in the comments!