The 24 Best Side Hustles for Introverts: Make $500+ in Your Spare Time


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What are the best side hustles for introverts?

Don’t worry — if you don’t like talking to people, there are still plenty of ways to make extra money and start a business!

I get it. I identify as an introvert myself. For instance:

  • Walking into a crowded room where I don’t know anyone gives me anxiety.
  • In group settings, even with friends, I’m usually pretty quiet.
  • I sometimes have a hard time coming up with conversation topics, especially with strangers. (Though hosting 500+ interviews on The Side Hustle Show has definitely made me better at this!)

Yes, there’s some irony there. I make a living — in part, at least — by talking to other people.

And I think that’s an important note. Interacting with other humans isn’t going to kill us, and there’s even probably some value in doing things we find uncomfortable. But there are certainly side hustles better suited to those of us on the shyer or quieter side.

Network marketing? Door to door sales? Renting a spare room on Airbnb?

Thanks, but no thanks!

Here are my favorite side hustles for introverts.

1. Blogging

I’ve been blogging since 2009, first as a personal journal and creative outlet, and now as a business.

It’s never been easier to start a blog, but it’s also never been harder to stand out and get noticed.

The blogs I see having success today focus on creating helpful content on a specific niche. They’re not personal journals.

That way, when people are searching for answers or ideas in Google or Pinterest, they can find you.

2. Self-Publishing

Self-publishing on Amazon is one of my longest-running side hustles. I started in 2012 and still remember the thrill of receiving my first author royalty direct deposit.

(It was something like $46.42!)

I’ve added several more books to my portfolio since then and consistently earn a few hundred dollars a month.

new side hustle book cover art

One of my books is actually free on Kindle if you want to check it out:

The Side Hustle: How to Turn Your Spare Time into $1000 a Month or More

If spending hours alone at your keyboard sounds like a dream come true, you’re already on your way to becoming an author.

3. Affiliate Marketing

With affiliate marketing, you earn a commission for helping sell another company’s product or service online.

The big advantage? You usually don’t have to talk to anyone! People can just click a link, and boom—the referral is automatically credited to you.

My first real side hustle was an affiliate marketing business. It was a comparison shopping site that helped people find the best deal on their next pair of shoes.

When someone clicked over to Zappos or another store and bought, I’d earn a commission.

Eventually I earned enough from this business to quit my job!

If that sounds interesting, here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started with a simple affiliate website.

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4. Online Surveys

While online surveys won’t make you rich, they definitely are an easy way to make extra money. If you’ve got time to kill while waiting for the subway or watching TV, here are some options to check out:

  • Swagbucks – Earn up to $35 a survey with this mega-popular app, and get a $10 bonus just for signing up!
  • Survey Junkie – Take 3 surveys a day and earn up to $100 a month.
  • KashKick – Get paid to answer surveys, test games, and try new products.
  • InboxDollars – Get a $5 bonus just for signing up!
  • American Consumer Opinion – Join millions of free members and earn up to $50 per survey.
  • Branded Surveys – One of the best-rated survey sites with millions paid out.

5. Game Apps

Yes, you really can make money playing video games! Here are some of Side Hustle Nation’s top picks for casual gamers.

KashKick

KashKick is a newer app that pays you to test new mobile games (up to $150 each!), answer surveys, and redeem money-saving offers.

With the slogan “get paid to have fun,” KashKick is rated 4.2-stars in the Google Play store.

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KashKick

Get paid to test new games, complete offers, and answer short surveys.

Cash Giraffe (Android)

Cash Giraffe (Android only) connects you with new games that are trying to attract more players. The app tracks the time you spend playing and rewards you for hitting certain milestones.

cash giraffe

As you earn more Cash Giraffe tickets, you can cash out for gift cards or deposit directly into your PayPal account.

While Cash Giraffe is relatively new, it’s earned positive feedback so far. With over 5M downloads, its rated 4.3-stars on the Google Play Store.

6. Selling Printables

One of the most interesting side hustles I’ve come across is selling printables. These are digital files you upload to a marketplace like Etsy. When someone orders, the file delivery happens automatically.

etsy printables

On The Side Hustle Show, Rachel Jones explained how she earned $10,000 a month from her portfolio of printables … and rarely, if ever, had to talk to customers. She shared her product research and marketing process.

Here’s a free guide to the top-selling printables by month to get your creative juices flowing.

7. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is a fantastic side hustle — you can use skills you already have and just need one client to get started.

In the past, I got paid to write articles on creative ways to save money at Starbucks, or to summarize and re-purpose some of my podcast interviews. I made around $75 an article, but have paid freelance writers anywhere from $10 to $500+ to help me create content.

To learn more, check out this free guide from the American Writers and Artists Institute:

AWAI - blueprint to make money as a writer

Here’s a quick video interview I did with a freelance writer on how she got started:

8. Proofreading and Editing

If you have an eye for detail, there’s money to be made as a proofreader or editor.

Like I mentioned above, self-publishing is exploding, and all those authors (at least the serious ones) need help editing their work.

For this side hustle, I found my first clients on Fiverr, but ultimately established positive word of mouth referrals in some Facebook Groups and among students of a popular self-publishing course.

Related: How to Build a 6-Figure Side Hustle on Fiverr

I started out charging $100 for every 10,000 words, but slowly inched up rates as I improved. This was far more successful than my freelance writing income, and all client communication was over email.

(And as a bonus, I got to read some pretty interesting books!)

9. Online Arbitrage

Online arbitrage is similar to retail arbitrage, except you can do it from the comfort of your own home. This side hustle involves finding products with a big enough price spread between Amazon and other online retailers.

If there’s a big enough gap, you can make a profit as a reseller. I sat down with Chris Grant, who’s been doing this for years and who reported selling $70k+ per month worth of inventory, targeting 20-30% profit margins.

10. Real Estate / Rental Properties

Real estate can be a true wealth building side hustle. And if you don’t want to deal directly with tenants, there are property management services happy to help you out (for a fee).

One interesting platform to take a look at is Arrived, especially if homes in your area are too expensive. The site lets you buy shares in cash-flowing rentals — for as little as $100.

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It’s an easy way to add real estate to your portfolio, without the headaches of managing and maintaining a property yourself.

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Still, I like the instant-diversification, professional management, and deal-vetting of a real estate investment trust (REIT). These investments own or control multiple properties, and pay cash flow dividends to investors.

Fundrise is a leading platform where you can add commercial real estate into your portfolio starting at just $10.

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Pros:
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I’ve been a Fundrise investor for years and they’ve consistently paid dividends every quarter.

(Disclosure: I earn a referral fee if you sign-up for Fundrise through my link. All opinions are my own.)

11. Online Course Instructor

Online education is poised to become a $325 billion industry by 2025.

I’ve created a few online courses over the years, including Start My Side Hustle.

I like this model because you can help many people with the same material (as opposed to one-on-one coaching, for example). The course is an asset you create once and can sell over and over again, as long as it remains relevant.

If you don’t want your face on camera, you can do screen recording or voice over PowerPoint. A couple of the courses I bought myself actually didn’t have video at all — they were entirely text/image-based.

Since 2014, I’ve also earned over $27,000 as an instructor on Udemy.com, a leading online course platform.

passive income from udemy

Related: The Simple Way to Finally Set up and Sell Your Online Course (And Scale to $40k a Month and Beyond)

12. Food Delivery

I’ve had my share of introverted rideshare drivers, but having strangers in and out of your car all day might not be the most comfortable side hustle.

Instead, you might consider a food delivery gig like DoorDash or Uber Eats. Expected earning potential is in the $15-25 an hour range (though both companies are hesitant to make any promises).

With these driving apps, you’re essentially a takeout order delivery driver. You don’t have to worry about keeping your car super clean or making awkward small-talk with passengers.

Related: You might want to check out these other money making apps.

13. Grocery Delivery

I connected with one Side Hustle Nation reader who reported earning $10,000 in his first 6 months as an Instacart Shopper–all on the side from regular 9-5.

With Instacart, you choose what hours you’re available to shop. Then, when orders come in, you head to the store and pick up the requested items.

Almost all customer interaction is handled via text message.

14. Virtual Assistant

As more of the workforce shifts to remote and freelance work, there’s a growing demand for work-from-home support professionals, or virtual assistants.

A few established agencies hire virtual assistants, but they’re notoriously hard to get accepted to. (Most brag about only hiring the top 1-3% of candidates, and even then, may only pay $12-16 an hour.)

Instead, you might consider setting up shop as your own virtual assistant business. My friend Abbey Ashley, who started her VA business on the side, put together a free training that shares:

  • Where to find thousands of potential clients.
  • How to make a full-time living working from home.
  • What clients are really looking for in a VA. (hint: it’s not prior VA experience)

Click here to learn more about becoming a virtual assistant.

15. Credit Card Rewards

Credit card rewards are probably less a side hustle than they are an addiction in our house.

But when you’re able to earn thousands of dollars in free cash and travel — just from buying the stuff you normally would — you might be addicted too!

If you’re brand new to this, signing up for a new credit card and qualifying for the bonus is some of the easiest money you’ll ever make.

Credit cards like the Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card offer a $200 sign-up bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months — with no annual fee. That's up to 40% cash back!

capital one quicksilver

Learn more here.

If you know you’re gonna spend $500 in the next 3 months, that’s #freemoney. This card also gives you one of the highest cash back rates, with unlimited 1.5% back on every dollar you spend.

The Next Step: Check out my free course, Credit Card Rewards 101: How to Earn Free Cash and Travel by Spending Smarter

16. Transcription

Sites like Rev.com pay you to transcribe audio or video clips.

Members of Side Hustle Nation report earning anywhere from $5-12 an hour doing this. (Fast freelance transcriptionists can earn more though; as this free mini-course explains.)

17. Graphic Design

Graphic designers know that great design often speaks louder than words. Doing work for clients is one angle here, but another may be putting your designs up for sale online.

With platforms like Merch by Amazon and Redbubble, it’s easier than ever to get your creative work in front of customers.

These are print-on-demand platforms, where you can upload a digital file, set your pricing, and never have to touch a physical product.

18. Remote Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is often one of the first roles new companies hire for. If you have an accounting background—or are just good with numbers—this might be a good fit.

make extra money by starting a bookkeeping business

It’s work you can do remotely, and virtual bookkeepers can earn $60 an hour or more. Here’s a free training on how to get started.

19. On-Site Inspector

Insurance companies (and other customers) occasionally need people to physically inspect something, like a damaged property or vehicle.

When they don’t have anyone nearby, they turn to sites like WeGoLook to connect them with a local “looker.”

The work isn’t particularly challenging, and typically pays $15-30 per “look.” But it does require getting out of the house.

20. House Cleaning

Most house cleaning takes place when your customers are at work, so you don’t have to worry about making conversation.

This is a relatively low startup cost business, and is a super fragmented industry. By that I mean there really aren’t any dominant regional or national brands.

That spells an opportunity to build a side hustle or something larger, like Chris Schwab has done with Think Maids in the Washington, DC, area.

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21. Vending Machines

If in-person sales is an introvert’s nightmare, a silent, automated sales process should be a dream-come-true, right?

That’s the promise of vending machines—an always-on, passive sales force.

It takes a lot of upfront work in getting the machines placed though, and can turn into a tedious restocking job if your inventory sells quickly.

22. Furniture Flipping

Picking up pieces of old wood furniture and restoring or refinishing it is definitely a hot side hustle right now.

These items can often be purchased for $30 or less–sometimes even free–and with a little TLC, resell for a nice profit.

One recent guest of mine gave the example of buying a solid wood dresser for $20, adding a fresh coat of paint, and reselling it for $180.

23. Parking Lot Cleanup

Perhaps one of the most surprising and inspiring side hustle stories I’ve heard came from Brian Winch.

Brian began picking up litter in parking lots back in the early 1980s before heading off to work.

Within a few months, he’d turned it into a full-time business. Today, it’s a $600k+ per year operation!

And it makes a great side hustle for introverts since the work needs to be done in the early morning hours or after businesses close at night. You’ll have the whole place to yourself!

24. “Faceless” YouTube Videos

In this interview with Jon Corres, he explained how he was making $10,000 a month from YouTube — without filming or being on camera himself. His unique formula of outsourced viral video production was definitely a creative side hustle that doesn’t involve interacting with the public.

Related: How to Make Money as a Video Editor

Fact: Introverts are Actually Great Entrepreneurs

There’s no evidence extroverts made better entrepreneurs. 

In fact, in Entrepreneur, Jeffrey Hayzlett argues that introverts may actually have a slight edge due to their focus, critical thinking, and unique, empowering style of leadership.

He identifies Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg as famous introverted entrepreneurs. You don’t need to have a super outgoing, outspoken personality to be successful.

But let’s get into the list of side hustle ideas. I’ll start with some that have worked for me, and then share lots more to get your creativity flowing.

Side Hustles for Introverts: Conclusion

There are tons of side hustle options for introverts!

Don’t let that label or self-identification stop you from pursuing your goals of earning extra money and starting a business.

What Are Your Favorite Side Hustles?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

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6 thoughts on “The 24 Best Side Hustles for Introverts: Make $500+ in Your Spare Time”

  1. I run a small book prepping service for FBA book and item sellers.
    We charge a per book fee. I developed listing ‘software'(google-spreadsheet coding) to inventory, list, and ship for each seller.
    I plan on video-blogging the work and am about 50% done with a how-to-start book.

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  2. 6. Retail arbitrage

    So fun! Not much money so far, but pays for gas, snacks, and dog treats!
    I’ve also been thinking of doing a blog and your interview was perfect timing for me to do something tonight!

    Thanks for your work ;)

    Reply

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