18 Solitary Ways for Introverts to Make Money (No Conversation Required)
Introverts have been getting a lot of buzz in the past few years. Everyone wants to tell us how to survive in what is, apparently, an extroverted world.
But what if you just want to live in an introverted world?
Luckily, we love to find ways to make money working for yourself or working from home, so you can keep your interaction with the outside world to a bare minimum.
Here are 15 jobs for introverts and other ways to make money that don’t compromise your very-real need to just be left alone sometimes.
1. Get Paid for All the Time You Hide Out Online
You could also be getting paid for this. Swagbucks will pay you up to $2,700 a year for watching Youtube-like videos on your Android phone or your desktop computer.
The videos are sponsored by brands who need to get them in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Every time you watch one of the ads, Swagbucks will credit your account with a little bit of cash.
Once you watch enough videos to reach $10 (1,000 SBs), you can cash out for Paypal or gift cards to Amazon, Best Buy and ton of other stores.
Plus, they'll give you a free $5 just for signing up.
2. Take Surveys While You Stay Home on Saturday Night
We know surveys aren’t going to make you rich quickly. But if you’re just vegging out on the couch avoiding Facebook event invites, why not use the time to make some extra cash?
Sign up for these sites, and you’ll get notified when you qualify for a survey. You’ll answer a few qualifying questions, complete the survey and earn points you can cash in for gift cards to major retailers like Amazon.
Plus, when you sign up for MyPoints right now, you’ll earn $5 for taking your first five surveys!
3. Improve Your Fitness Routine Instead of Spending More Time With Friends
Avoiding people doesn’t have to mean you’re cooped up inside all the time.
Maybe you've been working on your solo fitness routine to shed some pounds.
Picture this: You step on the scale and finally see your goal weight.
Congratulations! But it gets even better.
You’re about to receive a generous check you can spend on stuff to do alone or wisely stick into your savings -- all just for losing weight!
It’s not a fantasy. If you wager on your own commitment with HealthyWage, this could very well happen for you… as long as you stick to your guns and lose the weight.
Here’s how: Sign up for HealthyWage, and define a goal weight and a timeframe to achieve it. Place a monetary bet on yourself, between $20 to $500 a month.
HealthyWage’s calculator will consider how much weight you have to lose, how much time you give yourself to do it and how much money you wager to determine your reward. You could win up to $10,000!
4. Be a Bookkeeper
Those are the perks of working as a bookkeeper, says Ben Robinson, a certified public accountant and business owner who teaches others to become virtual bookkeepers.
And no, you don’t have be a CPA to be successful in this business. In fact, all you really need are decent computer skills and a passion for helping business owners tackle real-world problems.
It’s a great opportunity for moms who want to work part time, millennials who are just out of college and anyone who wants to bring in real money while working from home -- with minimal human interaction.
5. Do Your Banking Online, So You Never Have to Talk to Anyone
Have you had enough with the small talk at the bank? For goodness’ sake, no one cares what you’re doing this weekend.
Open an account with an online bank, and never talk about the weather with a teller again.
Aspiration’s Summit Checking Account is an online-only bank account with no fees, no minimum balance, no minimum monthly deposit and no chatty Cathys.
It also yields 1% interest -- about 100 times a typical interest rate. You’ll get a debit card, so you can access your money at any ATM in the world, and it reimburses 100% of your fees.
6. Sell Your Stuff Without Inviting People Into Your Home
Negotiating and bartering are tough for anyone. For introverts, they can be agonizing.
Decluttr lets you skip the trip to the record store or the awkward liaison with a Craigslist buyer.
You just scan your stuff with the app, and it makes an offer.
Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.
To get started, just download the app and start scanning barcodes of the items you want to sell. You won’t pay any fees. Decluttr even sends you a prepaid shipping label, so you don’t have to go to the post office. Plus, enter PENNY10 at checkout to get an extra 10% for your trade-ins!
Have a bunch of old college textbooks laying around? Are all of the novels you've burned through instead of being social collecting dust? Sell them on BookScouter.
Just type your book’s ISBN (International Standard Book Number — it’s near the book’s barcode and copyright info) into the search bar and the site will connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable buyback companies online.
7. Get Paid to Drink by Yourself
Drinking at bars is overrated.
It's loud, people are everywhere -- and they might even try to talk to you. It's probably better to stock up on some adult libations and just drink at home by yourself.
Rebate app Ibotta understands and will actually give you money for buying booze at grocery and liquor stores. If you're feeling adventurously social, it works at bars and restaurants, too.
Here's how it works....
1. Sign up for Ibotta here (you just need a name/email address to start).
2. Browse through the cash-back offers in your area and take note the next time you go to the grocery or liquor store (the offers change every week). For example, Ibotta recently featured a $2 rebate for taking a picture of a receipt showing the purchase of a 12-pack of Coors Light or $3 back on a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila. Once you've reached at least $20 in earnings, you can request payment via Paypal or Venmo. And right now, Ibotta is giving new users a $10 sign-up bonus, just for redeeming their first receipt.
3. So, obviously you don't want to buy a bunch of crap you weren't already going to buy. But, this can be an easy way to get a little cash-back for doing something you were already going to do. Also, you can still use coupons on the items you're buying, so this can be a nifty way to "stack" your savings and in some cases, you might be able to get the item for free.
8. Shop Online So You Never Have to Go Outside
Skip it, and shop online. You can find everything you need without talking to a soul. Plus, we’ve got a secret tool to help you make some of your money back.
This secret weapon is called Paribus. It’s a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases.
Paribus is free to sign up and takes less than a minute. Once you do, it scans your email archives for receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Amazon, Target or one of the other participating retailers, it will track the item’s price. Anytime a price drops, it’ll refund you the difference.
There’s no fee to use the service. It just charges 25% or less of what it saves you.
9. Earn Money From Credit Card and Bank Bonuses
Did you know a lot of credit cards and banks will give you money just for signing up? Instead of getting a toaster, they’re getting straight to the point these days: cold, hard cash.
These bonuses usually come with a few requirements. Typically, you’ll have to spend a certain amount on the credit card or deposit a certain amount into the bank account within the first few months of opening.
Switch your typical spending to these accounts, at least temporarily, and you could earn hundreds of dollars in bonuses a year!
10. Search for Stuff on the Internet
Since you're going to get paid just for being online anyway, here's another passive way to make money on the interwebs when you're not hanging out with people.
11. Stay Behind the Camera: Sell Your Smartphone Photos
Occupy yourself on nights out or at parties by snapping photos of other people. It’s a great way to join in on the fun without really interacting with people.
To use it, you’ll download the Foap app on your Android or iPhone, upload your photos and make them available for purchase on the Foap Market.
You’ll make $5 for each photo you sell, and you can sell the same photo an unlimited number of times.
12. Be a Freelance Blogger -- Or Start Your Own
Everyone is doing it these days, but it’s a safe bet to say introverts were probably the first bloggers.
Carefully composing your ideas before presenting them to people far, far away is pretty much an introvert’s ideal form of interaction.
As a freelance blogger, you can work as much or little as you want, so this makes a nice side gig or full-time job.
Pay varies wildly for writers, so make sure you’re compensated fairly for your time. Check out these seven blogs that pay $100 or more per post.
Feel like starting your own blog? Here's your ultimate guide to getting started.
1. Snag a domain name from GoDaddy (your URL).
2. Set up hosting through a site like BlueHost (where your site will live).
3. Start an account with WordPress and start writing!
13. Use This as an Excuse for Those Nights You Just Want to Stay in
Have you run out of excuses for turning down invitations to go out with friends? Tell ‘em you’re working!
Through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), you can earn an extra $10 to $50 a week or so by completing small tasks online.
You’ll sign up as a “Turker” with your Amazon account and accept tasks (called “HITs”) like data entry, writing, research or taking surveys. The work won’t be crazy exciting, but it’s not a bad way to pass the time, especially when you’re getting paid.
14. Take Care of Houses
House-sitting is kind of like babysitting, except you don’t have to be around kids all day. Sometimes, you don’t have to talk to another person at all.
The best bonus, really, is you get to stay in some pretty nice houses. You can get paid to look after them while the owners are out of town.
House-sitting can be a smart way to find free lodging when you travel, or you can actually turn it into a business and get paid for your service!
To learn more, read our full guide on how to find house-sitting jobs here.
15. Hang Out With Dogs, Instead of People
Yes, you can get paid to hang out with dogs. We know you’d be happy to do it for free, but why not make a little side hustle out of it?
Find dog-sitting or dog-walking jobs in your area by reaching into your network or signing up through a service like Rover, Wag! or DogVacay.
You can even decide which dogs you’ll accept, based on size, age and medical needs. (See? They’re already easier than people.)
16. Write About Food and Wine
If you prefer the company of a good bottle of wine, try getting paid to write about it.
Turn your knowledge of body, fruit, tannin, acidity and sweetness into education and recommendations for other wine-lovers.
If you have writing skills and experience, pitch your ideas to magazine editors. Check out these 10 wine magazines to get started.
Also think about how your culinary prowess could apply to other topics. Maybe you can share cooking tips for families? Pitch these parenting blogs and magazines.
17. Work at a Cat Cafe
Yeah, if you work in a cat cafe, you’re going to have to deal with people. But they’re cat people, so you can probably handle it.
We found three cat cafe jobs that pay up to $13 an hour, plus tips. If you have barista experience, your main job could be taking and preparing drink orders and helping customers. If you only want to hang out with cats, they have “cat wrangler” positions just for you.
Either way, if you’re a cat-lover, it’s a pretty great way to meet some new feline friends.
Who knows? You might even connect with some cat-loving humans while you’re at it!
18. Write Book Reviews
Spending another Saturday afternoon reading? Yeah, we thought so.
You ought to get paid for that time.
Lots of sites will send you free books and/or pay you to write book reviews. Here are 18 of them. If you’re an avid reader, it’s a great way to save money!
Some sites will publish your review in their magazine or blog. Some will ask you to publish at your own blog or on Amazon. Most ask for your honest review, but a few will only pay for positive reviews.
Your Turn: Will you try any of these jobs for introverts?
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Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).