When you’re naturally introverted, you prefer to be in the company of…well…yourself.
And that’s okay.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but it can make finding a job a little more difficult. Even a work at home job. You would think working from home would be easy even if you’re shy. But, if you comb through all the work at home job listings on the web, you’ll find a ton of customer service jobs. What do these jobs require? Speaking to people, day in and day out. And, many of them will require you to hop on phone calls or Zoom meetings to chat with teams or clients.
Oh, the horror!
I know your struggle. I’ve been there. I wanted to work from home, but customer service did not at all appeal to me. I’d rather pluck all of my eyebrow hairs out than speak with people all day long, even if it’s behind a phone or computer screen.
So, I compiled a list of awesome jobs for introverts to do from home. These are even entry-level jobs introverts can begin from the comfort of their own home office. I’m living proof as a freelance writer that you do not have to have people skills or enjoy talking to people to be a successful work from home mom.
This post was originally written on September 20th, 2016, and has since been modified to add more work at home jobs for introvert moms.
The 12 Best Work at Home Jobs for Introverts
These are some of the best jobs for introverts, whether you’re a parent, senior, or just stepping into the working world. Although I can’t promise that your job won’t require you to interact with others, these are some of the better options for those who prefer to do most things solo.
Freelance Writer or Blogger
Obviously, I have to include freelance writing on the list since it’s my personal career choice. This work from home job is one of the most flexible and best jobs for introverts. Yes, you contact clients regularly for pitches, submissions, and job details. But, your exchanges are typically limited to e-mail and the occasional Slack or Skype conversation, depending on the clients you get involved with.
As a freelance writer, you are your own boss. If you have good writing techniques, mad organization skills, and can adhere to deadlines, you can be successful in freelance writing. Remember to have your own blog before you begin so you can have an online portfolio and live samples of your writing. Although you can earn money solely from posting on your own blog, it’s easier to earn a living by selling your writing services to others, either through freelance writing, e-books, or e-courses.
Transcribing pieces of audio usually does not require you to speak to others at all. This is a very flexible work from home job that often lets you pick the times and hours you want to work for the day or week. It does take some practice getting used to, but if you are a fast typist, you can probably succeed in this career choice.
Transcribing is typically a part-time job that introverts can do for some side income. Unless you sign up for several transcription sites and spend hours transcribing every day, it can be difficult to make a living from transcribing. However, stay at home moms might find this to be a good opportunity to earn some extra cash when the kids are in school or baby sleeps.
One of the best careers introverts can choose to do from home is child caregiving. This is especially true if you’re already a parent yourself. Why not add a few kids to your home each day and make some money from it. You can decide your rates and how many kids to care for (although, make sure you check your state’s regulations first!).
The only people you’ll have to worry about talking to are the kids (which is super fun!) and their parents (you might even want to enlist your friends to make this part even easier!).
Don’t prefer to work with people? Try dog walking or dog sitting! New dog-sitting companies are popping up on the web. You can register to be a dog-sitter for people who are going on vacation or will be out of town for the week. This provides people with an alternative to kenneling their dogs and you get to have fun with some new furry friends.
Dog sitting and dog walking are typically part-time jobs introverts can do from home but they allow for great flexibility. You can choose the days you’re available and the prices you want to charge.
Most people who clean houses do so when a person or family is out of the home, therefore making house cleaning one of the best careers introverts can begin. You can offer to clean the homes of your friends and family and have them put in a good word for you to their friends and family. This makes your business grow with you having to do all the work to get your name out there!
If you have a knack for photography, you can actually earn decent money for selling your photos. Depending on the type of photography you enjoy, you won’t ever have to deal with awkward customer conversations. Try nature, food, or stock image photography. Then search for websites or publications that will pay you for your work, like Getty Images and 123rf.
In-person sales may not be your thing, but online sales can be a perfect way to sell stuff you make without worrying about the actual selling part. When you have a website that’s set up to do business, you’ll have a bit of a barrier between you and customers to make selling as comfortable for you as possible.
Try an eCommerce solution like Shopify to get your site up and running.
Social Media Manager
As a social media manager, you’ll be immersed in the social media accounts of your clients. But you’ll do everything behind your computer or mobile screen, which can be just what you’re looking for as someone who doesn’t prefer video calls, phone calls, or in-person communication.
As a researcher, you’ll find information for clients using your awesome research skills. Aside from some email communication, this job doesn’t usually require a lot of phone, video, or in-person communications. Usually, clients give you a brief of what information they need you to find, and you can use whatever process works for you to find that information.
If communicating with others virtually isn’t a problem with you, then providing customer service or engagement services via live chats or forums could be a good job choice for you. You can search Indeed for chat specialist or forum specialist jobs or seek your own clients who might need help.
Computer Programmer or Software Designer
Lots of computer jobs are good for those who prefer to work solo. It’s just you and the computer! From computer programming to designing apps and software, you can put your skills and interests to use while catering to your introverted soul. Indeed, again, is an excellent place to find work from home computer-focused jobs.
Owner of Your Own Business
As an introvert, there’s no better job than coming up with one that suits your needs to a T. Owning a business is the best way to do that! You’re in control of what you do in your business and how you communicate with customers or clients. If you’re not into talking on the phone or meeting clients for coffee, then you have the jurisdiction to avoid what doesn’t make you feel comfortable.
Being an introvert really only limits your career options when you let it. There are plenty of jobs for introverts out there, especially when it comes to working from home or building a business. Get creative with ideas, input your skills and interests, and you’re sure to find something that works for you.
Fellow introverts – what do you do for work? I’d love to hear about your perfect, introvert-friendly, work from home job. Leave me a comment below and let me know!
Amy is a mom of two, freelance writer, and blog manager who works with family-focused businesses to improve their content strategies. You can find her published work on Reader’s Digest Online, MSN, Niche, Frugal For Less, and other lifestyle publications.