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Jobs for Introverts
Working in a corporate environment can be difficult for an Introvert. I know. I’ve been there. Every day was a mission. I always dreamed of finding non-corporate jobs for introverts like myself that I could hide away in.
Before I started blogging full time, my day would often start with me not wanting to get out bed, followed by a coffee and a mental pep talk. When I’d get to work, I put on a smile to mask my exhaustion from just the morning alone, and then carry on through the day. If people talked to me, which was generally unavoidable in my line of work as a recruitment consultant, I would speak in a very calm manner so as not get myself overwhelmed or anxious. It must have worked because my colleagues have always commented on how calm and collected I always seemed. This would backfire, however, as they ended always coming to me when they had problems they needed help with or wanted to talk about.
Now, in the NORMAL world, it wouldn’t necessarily be such a bad thing – in fact, it was a good thing in that my managers always tended to see me as a leader. But in MY real world, it was exhausting. By the time I would get home, I had no energy for my family. I’d cook dinner and do house chores. My life felt like a prison.
So yes – I do get it.
Note: This post has been updated as at November 2018.
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10 Jobs for Introverts That will Change Your Life
1. Freelance Writer
I started off as a freelance writer. For years, I was afraid of jumping in blindly. I had too many responsibilities to leave my full-time corporate job for the uncertainty of freelance work. So before I jumped in, I had many talks with my partner. We crafted a budget and stuck to it. Within 1 year, I was able to leave my job and launch my own freelancing business.
Being a freelance writer has a lot of perks for an introvert like myself. First, I don’t have to leave the house and deal with people face to face. All my consultation meetings are over the phone and email. My work is delivered via email; and so are my invoices. Perfect.
I started small – charging by the hour, and eventually built up to be able to charge by the project.
If you’re interested in becoming a freelance writer, check out this post. I promise it’s not rocket science. If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!
It’s no surprise that I’m putting blogging as a great avenue for introverts. When I first started This Blended Home of Mine, I didn’t know what to expect. I started by writing things that came to mind. As I became more hmmm – more experienced – I also became more skilled at analyzing what my readers want. These days, Blogging is my full-time job; and my freelance writing comes second for an extra boost. I’d like to get to the day when all my income comes from my blogging.
Here are some posts you might like to read if becoming a blogger is of interest to you:
- Blogging for Beginners: An Honest Guide
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- How to Hide Vertical Pins Within Your Blog Post
3. Wedding Bouquet Designer
Brides (and Grooms) put all their savings into their Big Day, so it’s no surprise that the wedding industry has always been a money machine. Although, as I’m sure you will have noticed, couples have started to be more discerning of their expenses – finally realizing that spending thousands and thousands of dollars on a 3-hour event probably isn’t the wisest. One of the most obvious cutbacks that Brides agree to are the fresh flowers.
So – bring in the Wedding Bouquet Designers. Using artificial silk flowers, you can design beautiful bouquets for the fraction of the price of real flowers. All you need to do is to find a supplier, design a few sample bouquets, and start marketing your business on Facebook. You’ll be surprised by how many bridal groups there are on Facebook!
4. Dog Walking Business
If you’re a dog lover, then you’ve already won half the battle. A lot of families with dogs don’t necessarily have the time to take their fur babies out for regular walks, so that’s where you come in. I have personally used dog walking services for Evie (our dog) – especially when I was working in a corporate job. Dog walkers do an amazing job especially since they love what they do.
5. Dog Grooming Business
Here’s another path that you can take if you love dogs. In fact – why not offer both services! As I said, the problem that most people with dogs have is the struggle with time. I’m not talking about full on grooming. I’m meaning more around giving doggy baths, ear cleaning, and nail trimming. Stuff that don’t require you to be a vet.
The investment is minimal and you enjoy what you do!
- Pet Blow Dryer – Speed Adjustable with Heater for Dogs and Cats
- Dog Ear Cleaner Wipes – Otic Cleanser for Dogs to Stop Itching, Yeast and Mites with Aloe and Eucalyptus
- The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide
- Professional Pet Clippers Grooming Kit – Low Noise Rechargeable Cordless Cat and Dog Clippers
6. Online Survey Responder
Completing paid surveys online is an easy way to earn money from home. You can do it from home (or anywhere with a laptop) . It’s a great option for busy moms with wee ones, stay-home-parents, or just anyone who wants to bring in a little bit of extra income. Point Club Surveys is a good one. As a member, you get to work as much or as little as you want – and you get paid in cash or gift cards. They’re really easy to work with because there are no sign-up fees and you get to genuinely give your own opinion on products and services. When you work for Point Club Surveys, they start you off with a free $5 bonus even before you start your first survey. Check them out or join here.
7. Inbound Customer Care Agent (or Call Center Agent)
More and more, businesses and organizations are either outsourcing their inbound call center services; or they employ people who work from home. If you don’t mind talking to people over the phone, then this job can pay well. Often, you are able to choose your hours so that you can continue to cater to other responsibilities you might have.
8. Virtual Assistant
The need for and use of Virtual Assistants has grown in the last few years. Business Owners have found great value in hiring VA’s, allowing them to concentrate on the other more pressing matters of their business. The services a VA can offer are varied and can include:
- Word Processing
- Social Media Management
- Email Management
- Event Management
- And possibly anything else you can think off!
9. Online Reseller / Flipper
Do you enjoy hunting for bargains? Thrift shopping? Treasure Hunting? Then this is perfect for you. Scour the internet or hit the op-shops for preloved treasures, and then resell them online through eBay, Trade Me, Amazon, or even Facebook groups.
If you are interested in being a reseller, you should definitely check out the Flea Market Flipper University by Rob and Melissa. In 2016, after the birth of their 3rd baby and circumstances at work, they decided to jump full force into their reselling business – focusing on it full time. In their first year alone, they made a total of $133K in sales.
Through the Flea Market Flipper University, Rob and Melissa will hold your hand and guide you through buying and reselling on eBay and other online platforms without giving up your life. They also regularly host Facebook Lives which will allow you to ask questions in real-time. You can sign up for an alert to be notified here.
10. Write Book Reviews
There are quite a few online publishers, such as the Online Book Club, who hire people to read and review books. Needless to say, the more you read, the more you get paid.
There you go! 10 Jobs for Introverts That Will Make You Happy and Change Your Life! Take your pick and start being happy.