Being around people is a daunting task for many of us who bear the ‘introvert’ tag, and these side hustles work best for and allow us to thrive in our chosen fields. Many people go on to make successful careers and businesses right from the comfort of their own spaces without ever having to go out of their personal space. If you are like me, then these 5 side hustles will be best suited to you.
1.Become a bookkeeper
How would you like to make your own schedule, working where and when you want without invasion of your privacy?
And no, you don’t need to be a CPA or have prior accounting experience. All you need are a few basic computer skills and a love for numbers to start your bookkeeping side hustle effectively.
What’s also great about becoming a part-time bookkeeper is that the business has:
• Low start-up costs
• High profit margins
• Consistent demand
• Minimal start-up costs.
• Room to specialize, which can increase your hourly rate over time.
• Clients are typically on retainer, allowing you to earn a stable source of income.
• Takes time to build up a stable base of clients.
• While specialization (such as taking a certification course offered by a bookkeeping software provider) can increase your hourly rate, purchasing both the software and the certification require a larger investment.
2.Get paid to Read
Love to read? Love spotting typing errors? Love to work independently? If so, you probably have the makings of a successful proof-reader.
Proofreading doesn’t require much or any certification, and the explosion of web content in recent years has boomed the demand for reliable freelancers in the field. Plus, you can do it as either a side hustle or a full-time career.
• Zero start-up costs and no required certifications.
• A foundational skill that can be transferred or combined with higher-value skills. For example, a proofreader can learn the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) to increase their value.
• The amount of content published online continues to grow.
• Clients often want a quick turnaround, so you need the flexibility to complete projects on tight deadlines — often in 24 hours or less.
• Without a significant barrier and entry to work as a proof-reader — e.g., certifications or start-up costs — there’s a lot of competition among beginners.
3. Start A Blog or Sell Online.
When it comes to my personal favorite side job, blogging tops the chart.
If you’ve ever had the slightest itch to start a blog, I can’t recommend it enough. You can write about what interests you — whether that’s home or office decor, cooking, fitness, fashion or finance — which makes it quite fun.
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Not sure what to blog about? Here’s a good question to ask: “When you walk into a bookstore or browse a magazine shelf, what is the subject you look at first?” Is it business, fashion, gadgets, home and garden, parenting, sports or travel? Asking this helps ensure there’s demand for your topic, publishers don’t publish books/magazines on topics that aren’t profitable.
Blogging no doubt takes some dedication to get off the ground and running as a side hustle. But that dedication can really pay off dividends when matched with consistency.
Blogs can be that rare passive income business model that everyone desires to attain.
4. Get paid to test Products or Apps
Another way to make money inside the market research industry is to become a product tester.
Here’s how it works: market research companies send you free products to test out and share your opinion on. You simply use the products (which are yours to keep) and then get paid for sharing your thoughts.
Brands benefit from your valuable feedback on upcoming, not-yet-released or Beta level products or apps, which helps them do things like discover their ideal target market and identify where they should spend their advertising dollars thus making it a great side hustle.
Product Testing Pros:
• Testing out and giving your opinions on new products is a fun way to earn money on the side.
• You get to keep the products. Or, as many others do, you can sell them online to make more money.
Product Testing Cons:
• The opportunity to test new products is limited. Some months there might be one new product a week, while other times there may be zero opportunities. As such, this shouldn’t be counted on as a consistent source of income.
5. Become a virtual assistant
One position that more and more small business owners are hiring for and is a solid side hustle is that of a virtual assistant.
Being a virtual assistant can mean many things, as the title is really a catch-all term. As a virtual assistant, you may find yourself answering emails, bookkeeping, scheduling social media posts and more. It really comes down to your strengths and your client’s needs.
Virtual Assistant Pros:
• Zero to minimal start-up costs.
• Clients are on retainer, providing a stable source of income.
• As long as it’s clearly communicated with the client, you get to choose your available working hours.
• Many virtual assistants grow their business enough to start an agency, which increases earning potential.
Virtual Assistant Cons:
• If you’re not offering a unique set of skills, gaining your first few clients is a difficult task.
• You’ll need to learn new skills fast, as duties often change based on the needs of the client.
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One More Thought
I can’t speak for all introverts, but if you’re anything like me, there’s nothing better than finding work that makes it easy to get out of bed and get going in the morning.
That’s why I included things like proof-reading and bookkeeping on this side hustle list; they can be side hustles you do in your spare time to make extra money right now, but they also have the potential to become much more than that — lucrative careers that allow you to earn a great living on your own terms.
If you’re looking for something a little less involved, things like taking surveys with Survey Junkie and earning sign-up bonuses (like the Swagbucks offer discussed above) can be easy and stress-free ways to generate a little bit of quick cash.
It’s true that they won’t make you rich, but they can help you buy something you’ve been wanting without busting your budget, or help you make progress towards your highest priority financial goals.
Good luck with your chosen side hustle.