You don’t need a loud personality and social confidence to maintain healthy finances. On the contrary, today’s age of remote work and freelance gigs is employment heaven for introverts. Take a look at these 20+ side hustles, ranging from blogging to flea market furniture flipping.

1. Blogging

Blogging can still be profitable. The competition is fierce, though, and many niches are saturated. To succeed in this line of work, you need passion and commitment. Also, small niches offer a better potential for earning decent money than popular fields like lifestyle, fashion, and health.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • You can expect to earn $100 a month or less when you first start. If you can build a large enough audience, you can earn much more!

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Find a niche and target audience.
  2. Choose a blogging and hosting platform.
  3. Pick a name.
  4. Research your first topic and start writing.
  5. Share posts and advertise on social media to build your brand.

2. Freelance Writing

While running a blog requires a lot of your time and energy, working as a freelancer comes with a more flexible schedule. This is a perfect side job for people who enjoy writing and research.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • In 2023, the hourly rate for freelance writers is $30–$40, while top earners get close to $60 per hour.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Research the industry and hone your writing skills.
  2. Look at content marketing agencies for job offers.
  3. Browse job boards like ProBlogger, BloggingPro and LinkedIn Jobs.
  4. Start offering your services on Fiverr and Upwork.

3. Self-Publishing

Did you know that you no longer need a professional publisher to sell your book? If you love creative writing and you’re quite good at it, too, you can now publish your book independently and sell it online. But bear in mind that you’ll be dealing with a lot of introverts who’ve had the same idea.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • On average, self-published authors earn $1,000 per year.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Write a book and get it ready for publishing.
  2. Choose a self-publishing platform like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing or Lulu.
  3. Market your book on social media and offline.

4. Proofreading and Editing

Like freelance writing, proofreading and editing allow you to work wherever you are. You can even take the side hustle with you to your job and earn extra money on slow days and during breaks. If your grammar is solid, this should be an easy gig that is convenient and pays well.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • The hourly rate for proofreaders is around $15, while professionals earn $25–$45 per hour.
  • Editors have an average hourly wage of $27, while top earners get around $43.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Check your skills. You’ll need top-notch grammar and style chops to make this work.
  2. Take a few volunteering projects to build skills and experience.
  3. Look for jobs at ProofreadingPal, LinkedIn Jobs, and Fiverr.

5. Transcribing Audio

If you’re like most introverts, you already have trusty headphones for listening to your favorite tunes. You can put them to work and start transcribing audio for money. Transcribing legal recordings from court sessions is especially lucrative, but there are other types of transcription jobs, too.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • While most transcriptionists earn about $19 per hour, the hourly wage can increase to $25–$30.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Enroll in a course to learn the necessary skills and tools.
  2. Practice transcribing medical, legal, and other recordings.
  3. Find work on Upwork, Fiverr, LinkedIn, and job boards.

6. Narrating Audiobooks

Reading comes as second nature to many introverts. If you spend most of your free time with a book in your hands, you should consider recording yourself while reading out loud. There are several open-source online libraries that pay readers to narrate royalty-free audiobooks.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • You can earn between $10–$100 a month as a beginner and $100–$500 as an experienced narrator.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Listen to a sampling of audiobooks before you start.
  2. Buy or lease necessary recording equipment.
  3. Pick your first book and get comfortable with it.
  4. Record and edit a demo session to audition with.
  5. Find job opportunities on ACX, Upwork, or Voices.

7. Reviewing Books

If you’ve ever wondered if you could get paid to read books, the answer is yes! Bookworms are welcome to submit their book reviews to sites like Online Book Club, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. The pay varies depending on the website and the depth of your review.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • Websites like Online Book Club pay between $5–$60 per review.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. The best way to start as a book reviewer is on social media.
  2. Read and post a review of at least one book every week.
  3. Find a unique angle. For example, discuss character psychology.
  4. Develop a strategy for building a social media following.
  5. Submit to sites and publications that publish book reviews.

8. Reviewing Products

You don’t have to be a social media influencer to earn money testing products, although being a famous online personality certainly helps. If you don’t have the time or will to build a social media following, you can get paid for your product reviews on sites like Branded Surveys and Opinion Outpost.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • Product reviewers make an average of $4,355 monthly.
  • You can also receive free products or coupons instead of money.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Create a profile on sites like Branded Surveys, Opinion Outpost, and Ipsos
  2. While waiting for job opportunities, start reviewing products on social media.

9. Online Surveys

In terms of how much brain activity it requires, doing online surveys is like playing Candy Crush on your phone. The only difference is that you can turn your favorite procrastination activity into a profit. Many excellent websites and reliable companies will pay you for wasting your time.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • At best, you can expect a daily pay of $1–$5.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Look for paid surveys on websites like Swagbucks, Opinion Outpost, Pinecone Research, Ipsos, and others.

10. Online Selling

Websites like Etsy offer creative people a chance to sell their own products, but there are also online markets where you can sell used products you no longer need or want. Unlike corporate selling, this side job requires you to communicate with prospective buyers only via messages, if at all.

💵 How much you can earn:

  • It depends on what you’re selling. On Etsy, some sellers bring in a steady $50 a month, while others earn $50,000 a year.

👉 How you can get started:

  1. Do market research and find your niche.
  2. Choose a marketplace and set up shop.
  3. Promote your products on social media.

11. Flea Market Flipping

Flea market flipping is a type of online selling, too, but it calls for more commitment and skill. If you have a gift for noticing a diamond in the rough and reselling it for what it’s actually worth, this side job could make you rich.

💵 How much you can earn:

  • Depending on your skill, you can make an extra $300 to $1,500 a month.

👉 How you can get started:

  1. Subscribe to publications and social media influencers that establish and analyze trends.
  2. Start browsing garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, and antique shops regularly.
  3. Buy whatever you think has potential and try to sell it in its current state for a higher price.
  4. Consider investing a little extra in refurbishment if you think that could bump the price.

12. Data Entry

When somebody is looking for a stay-at-home job for introverts with no skills, data entry immediately comes to mind. Although it fits all the requirements, keep in mind that data entry calls for superpower concentration and accuracy. If you’re blessed with both, you’re a great job candidate.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • Data entry jobs usually pay around $20 per hour.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. If you don’t have the necessary skills, take an online course.
  2. Join sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and PeoplePerHour to find work.

13. Bookkeeping

Unlike with data entry, you actually need some bookkeeping proficiency to be paid to work remotely and on your own schedule. In addition to having a background in accounting, you also need to be able to work quickly and efficiently in a bookkeeping system such as Xero or NetSuite.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • Online bookkeepers bring in between $11 and $25 per hour.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. If you don’t have the skills and experience, invest in training.
  2. Look for gigs on job boards like Indeed and ZipRecruiter.
  3. Find regular clients on platforms like Upwork and Fiverr.

14. Virtual Assistant

Luckily for most of us, bookkeeping is not the only profession that allows us to work from home with little contact with other people. In fact, there are many other types of virtual assistants – administrative, virtual research, and personal assistants being the most popular and least demanding.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • The average hourly rate for most virtual assistants is $28 per hour.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Evaluate your skills and choose a niche.
  2. If needed, take a training course.
  3. Apply for jobs on reputable job boards.

15. Social Media Manager

We’ve all heard about them, but what do social media managers actually do for a living? Depending on the employer and the gig, most job descriptions for a social media manager include overseeing branded profiles on multiple social networks and implementing branding and marketing strategies.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • Entry-level social media managers can earn an average of $15.21 per hour.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Build knowledge and experience in social media marketing.
  2. Brand yourself on social media and build your own following.
  3. Start taking jobs on Upwork, Fiverr, LinkedIn, and similar sites.

16. Web Design

Believe it or not, you can become a web designer in as little as three months. You need twice as much time to get really good at it and start developing your own style. Web design couldn’t be more ideal for introverts with creative skills and attention to detail, not to mention that it pays well.

💵 How much you can earn:

  • Freelance web designers earn between $30 and $80 per hour.

👉 How you can get started:

  1. Take a course to learn basic web design theory and tools.
  2. Work pro-bono projects to build experience and portfolio.
  3. Start applying for jobs on sites like Guru, Dribbble, and Upwork.

17. Graphic Design

Graphic design is a dream job for many creatives who prefer staying out of other people’s creative space. At the same time, this highly versatile craft is needed across industries and sectors. Being always high in demand, it gives you a lot of control over your career choices and employment status.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • Entry-level graphic designers make $25–$50 per hour.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Enroll in a course to master graphic design skills and tools.
  2. Start building your portfolio and share it on social media.
  3. Look for paid jobs on Dribbble, Behance, Upwork, and Fiverr.

18. Video Editing

A shy of 4 million videos are uploaded to YouTube every day. Though most of them are not professionally produced, virtually all of them have gone through some sort of editing process. While there are video editors who are highly skilled professionals, a lot of them are just introverted enthusiasts.

💵 How Much You Can Earn:

  • You can make up to $30–$50 per hour as a freelance video editor.

👉 How You Can Get Started:

  1. Take a course to learn video editing and master the tools.
  2. Invest in video editing software and get familiar with it.
  3. Start applying for jobs on Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.

19. Pet Sitter/Dog Walker

Sometimes, it’s just easier to trust a pet than a human being. Cats and dogs are loyal companions to many introverted souls to whom pet care are often close to a vocation. If you have a calm energy that cats are attracted to or enjoy endless walks with your dog, this is a great side hustle for you.

💵 How much you can earn:

  • On average, pet sitters earn $25 per hour.
  • Dog walkers can earn $13–$15 per hour.

👉 How you can get started:

  1. Ask family and friends for job opportunities.
  2. Research pet-sitting websites like Rover.
  3. Look for gigs on online job boards.
  4. Apply for a job at a pet-sitting agency.

20. Food/Grocery Delivery

The delivery business has exploded during the pandemic, and we haven’t been able to shake it off since. As a result, these providers are always on the lookout for new employees. This is a dynamic, rapidly growing market, so you’ll have plenty of employment choices if you decide to join it. You can maximize your earnings with these pro tips.

💵 How much you can earn:

The majority of food delivery drivers earn around $15.50 an hour.

👉 How you can get started:

  1. Obtain a driver’s license and maintain a clear record.
  2. Research employment options and types of delivery.
  3. Apply for a job online or directly at the company.

21. House Cleaning

If you’re an introvert, cleanliness and a passion for organizing things are probably some of your best qualities. You probably like tidying up your house, too. If you’re efficient at cleaning and find it soothing, what could be wrong with lending a hand to busy housekeepers and getting paid for it?

💵 How much you can earn:

  • Cleaning services are charged $45-$50 per hour.

👉 How you can get started:

  1. Study the job descriptions and employee experiences online.
  2. Set your price and join Housekeeper, Care, and job boards.
  3. Apply for a part-time job at local maid service companies.

Make the Best of Your Alone Time

Like most introverts, you have a few qualities that can give you an advantage over other candidates. You are probably a good listener, a deep thinker, and a creative soul. Don’t forget to mention that when you are submitting your job application and negotiating your hourly rate.