In today’s post, we are looking at some great work-at-home jobs for introverts. Face time and phone calls are minimal with these options. These jobs are great for loners and quiet people.
Does the thought of calling people make you want to run and hide? Do you screen every phone call and dread video chats? As an introvert, I feel the same way. I don’t like talking on the phone, and video chats are the absolute worst to me.
If working from home meant I had to do these tasks on a regular basis, I wouldn’t even try.
BUT, there’s great news: there are still tons of work-at-home jobs for introverts like you and me. Some of them are perfect for “being your own boss” in a sense, but many of them are also available through more traditional employment.
So if you’re looking for a job where you can put your nose down and get your work done without socializing, here are eight jobs for you to consider. They each allow you to work from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else you want) and capitalize on your natural skills and abilities.
You can absolutely make money blogging. To start as a blogger, think about what you want to blog about. To help expedite your profitability, identify a clear niche and target audience. You need to know who you are writing for, and what you’re going to share with them.
Brainstorm a name for your blog. You want something that’s easy to remember and spell, so your fans can easily navigate to your site. Set up your domain and hosting (you can follow the directions in this post), and secure social media accounts that correspond with your blog’s name. Then start working to prepare your site for launch.
Focus on producing quality content. Also take some time to make sure your site looks professional, so people want to stick around. Once you have it ready, and several articles published, start spreading the word. You’ll need to find a marketing strategy that works for your target audience. Find out where they are hanging out online and go there.
Decide what kind of marketing you are comfortable with. While many bloggers are using Live Video, many others don’t. Do what works for you. Pinterest is a great traffic source for many bloggers, as are Facebook Groups. These allow you to market behind the screen, without putting yourself out there until you are comfortable. As you get to know other bloggers, you may feel more comfortable with the marketing scene.
2. Freelance Writing
Many introverts express themselves best through writing. If this is you, think about becoming a freelance writer. You can find freelance writing jobs on a job board, by cold pitching companies, or by looking on a site like FlexJobs.
Make sure you put your best foot forward in your pitch. Show why you’re a great candidate for this position and include links to any relevant samples. Most importantly though, follow all the directions in the post. If the client wants you to use the phrase “Pink Starbursts are the best” somewhere in your email, make sure you do that. This shows that you can follow directions.
As you secure gigs, and get testimonials from happy clients, you can increase your price. You’ll command even more as a freelance writer if you specialize in a particular niche.
If you have specific training or experience in a type of writing, like technical writing or copywriting, you can also look for in-house jobs with companies who need that type of writer. This will involve some level of “face time,” but not nearly as much as a call center job.
Transcription is one of those jobs that can be whatever you make it. Most transcription jobs are contract-based, but you can always look for transcription work with a company.
Sites like Rev.com make it easy to pick up transcription work, and it’s extremely flexible as far as timeframe and amount of work you do. If you’re looking for something you can truly dedicate your days to, though, you can also provide transcription services to businesses and entrepreneurs who are focusing on audio and visual forms of content (like podcasts and YouTube videos). It requires more work to find the clients, but you can also make a lot more money.
4. Pinterest VA
If you are creative and organized, you can make money managing Pinterest marketing for businesses or bloggers. In this position, you will take over their account. This means you will create pins, gain followers, repin content from others, participate in group boards, and possibly schedule pins with Tailwind or another scheduler.
Once you have some pins going, you can begin looking at the analytics. These can help you pinpoint what is working, and what content is performing the best. Then you can create more pins for those posts to help keep the promotion going.
You can set up your own VA business focusing on Pinterest, but another route you can take is to look for digital marketing agencies that offer — or want to offer — Pinterest services to their clients.
This is a role that will require a bit of back-and-forth, especially as you’re setting up campaigns and then reporting on them. A large portion of the work is self-directed, though, and in this type of business structure, you’re most likely going to be interacting with just one or two point people — which, for many introverts I know, is completely doable and even enjoyable.
If numbers are more your style, you can create a virtual bookkeeping service. You can have your client scan and upload receipts into a cloud service like Dropbox. Then each month, you can go in and enter those receipts into their accounting software for them and make sure their books are up to date.
You might occasionally have questions about a transaction or need more information. Depending on what service you are using, you can enter a comment that the other person can see. Then you won’t have to play phone tag or mess with emails to get your question asked.
One Thing to Keep in Mind
No matter what kind of at-home work you want, not all opportunities will be a good fit. There are some people looking to hire who are very extroverted. They prefer regular phone calls or video chats to ensure they stay in the loop.
But, not all jobs are like that. There are many clients and supervisors who would prefer to stick to email or chat. While you may still need to do an occasional phone or video call (especially during the hiring process), it won’t be a regular thing.
Make sure you ask about communication expectations at the beginning. That way nothing pops up and surprises you. By choosing your work carefully, you can pick the jobs with the teams and clients that will be the best fit for you.