Based on the number of Internet searches there are for the words “jobs for introverts,” I’m going to make an educated guess that there are a lot of people out there who consider themselves to be introverts!
What exactly is an introvert?
Well, besides looking up the dictionary definition, you can gain a lot of insights into the word’s meaning by looking at a short list of Internet search terms people use to get information on the topic of jobs, careers, and businesses for introverts.
- “work alone jobs for introverts”
- “quiet jobs for introverts”
- “jobs for sensitive introverts”
- “jobs for shy introverts”
Those four sets of Internet search terms pretty much sum up the essence of what it means to be an introverted person in the workplace. There is, of course, much more to it than that, but those four categories distill several key issues introverted people face.
Being a Borderline Introvert
Prior to being a blogger, a freelance writer, and a home-based entrepreneur, I worked in busy office environments for around 20 years. During that time, I observed a lot of conditions that made my job — and/or the jobs of others — stressful, uncomfortable, or distracting.
In countless jobs, it’s necessary to participate in meetings, deal with difficult clients, and give sales presentations or progress reports. In many work environments, you also have to deal with unreasonable bosses, annoying co-workers, and potentially awkward social situations.
Although I wouldn’t necessarily label myself an introvert, I can relate to an introvert’s point of view.
I’m not exactly an extrovert either, though, so I probably fall into some murky, in-between category! However… the fact that I’m a writer and would prefer to work independently, rather than in a group situation, probably means I’m closer to being an introvert than an extrovert!
But enough about me…
Self Employment Options
For many introverts, being self employed is the best way to be in control of your work environment and the extent to which you interact with other people. It’s also possible to exert more control over whom you work with.
If you can make a living as a writer — which is more of an attainable goal than you might imagine — then you can spend the majority of your time working alone. As is the case with any small business or self employment situation, you still have to be organized, self disciplined, focused, goal oriented, hard working, persistent, and able to effectively market yourself. In other words, if you don’t spend time and resources marketing yourself (getting clients and customers), then you’ll have a hard time building your business and making ends meet.
Whether you’re thinking of starting a bookkeeping business, an ebay business, or website design business, finding and keeping customers is a necessary element of economic survival.
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Self Employment Ideas for Introverts
If your objective is to avoid being around annoying co-workers, intrusive bosses, and noisy work environments, then being your own boss is a logical and potentially viable way of making a living.
While self employment isn’t for everyone, here are 20 freelancing and small business ideas to consider in your search for the ideal work-at-home situation.
- Graphic design and or web design business
- Web development
- Writing, blogging, editing, proofreading [Online training available*]
- Resume writing business
- Grant writing
- Social media marketing
- Web hosting
- Medical billing
- Online T-shirt business [Free guide to getting started]*
- Online jewelry business
- Shopify eCommerce business*(online retail business)
- eBay business
- Etsy business
- Dropship business [More details on this option from Shopify]*
- Janitorial or office cleaning business (usually done ‘after hours’)
- Background check business
- Virtual assistant services
- Information Technology services
- Data entry work
Although you’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a self employment opportunity, work-at-home job, or freelance business that never involved any interaction with other people, there are certainly many work environments and home-based businesses that are comparatively low-key, low pressure, and less interactive than your typical office environment.
Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on freelancing opportunities and self employment ideas for home-based entrepreneurs.
Stay tuned for more ideas, updates, and resources in coming weeks.
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