[A collaboration post – all thoughts are my own.]
When I started my blog, I had no freaking clue that it would turn into one of the best side hustles for introverts like me. In 2019, I left my role as a personal assistant to focus solely on my translator career since I knew I wanted more. I enjoy earning extra income, which is why having a side hustle is so powerful.
A hustle means work, and your why is how you motivate yourself to make it happen. And the key factor in side hustles is flexibility. I’m not alone in my love for side hustles — a new study from Zapier reported that 40% of Americans have a side hustle in 2022. The reason most people are looking for a side hustle is because they are trying to easily add extra income on the side of whatever they are doing during the day.
All online-based jobs are the most flexible (or app based, like ride sharing and delivering). The majority of the things on this list have online opportunities as a result. Many of these side hustles for introverts, particularly tutoring, can still be done offline. Moreover, there is a lot of flexibility and earning possibilities there. But it might be difficult to find work without access to a marketplace (and get paid).
Identify what you’re good at, what you enjoy, and your flexibility when you begin to consider side hustle ideas after finding your motivation. For instance, why not consider proofreading if you are skilled at identifying errors while you read?
Other than offering translation service, I also provide subtitling and proofreading in my native language. Proofreading might be the best side hustle for you if you cringe when others use the wrong verb tense or can’t tell the difference between you/your/yours.
Bloggers, content creators, website owners, academics, business owners, and others entrust proofreaders with the task of editing their written material. One of the best side hustles for introverts is proofreading because it’s a valued and in-demand skill that can be completed entirely from home.
Start A Blog
This is my favorite side hustle, but it’s not an immediately income-producing opportunity. Overall, it’s a slow side business, but look what I’ve accomplished: I started my blog as a hobby two years ago, and in that time I’ve been able to grow it into a side hustle that earns in between $600-$800 per month. It takes time to start and grow a blog, but if you stick with it for a year, I estimate you can start making at least $500 each month (e.g. 3x per week).
The good thing about blogging is that you don’t need to work on it every day. You need a few hours a week to research, creation, and deliver great content. Once you establish a consistent posting schedule, you’re ready to start. Although a blog does start off slowly, the growth potential of a blog is nearly limitless. In other words, if you’re looking for a long term side hustle, this might be it!
You can start and grow your blog on your lunch break, after the kids go to bed, and on the weekends. The reason I feel so strongly about blogging is that you have complete control over your work, including when you work, what you blog about, how you make money blogging, and so on.
If you’re interested in starting one of the best side hustles, here are how to start a blog and find out more about blogging on my blogging blog, Cappuccino Cushy.
Tutoring is a great way to earn additional income if there is a subject you are knowledgeable about and can teach to others. Teaching English as a second language to children abroad online is currently one of the fastest-growing areas of demand.
The biggest advantage of online tutoring is time zone differences. My nighttime in Bali, or mainly in Asia is typically the daytime in the United States. Meaning, tutoring is the perfect choice for you if you’re seeking for something you can do at home at night (or during the day). Also, you are free to schedule as few or as many sessions as you like.
You must be a teacher or at least have a bachelor’s degree to apply to these companies. You should also be comfortable teaching over webcam at home – so lights, good camera and mic, and some technical computer skills. Remember, you can also tutor any subject offline by finding students in your area.
Freelancing provides a wide range of opportunities to earn money online. You can earn money working as a freelancer online if you are able to read, write, program, design, create videos, or are willing to learn a broad range of skills. Online virtual assistant services, social media management, and transcription work are a few professions that are simple to get started with!
Freelance writing is a broad field that can encompass a number of different jobs including:
- Marketing campaigns
- Blog posts
- Email newsletters
- Online and print articles
- Web copy
- Technical writing
Create stuff to sell
The possibilities for selling your own products are endless, from making stationery and one-of-a-kind gifts to home products to printables or downloadables. With printables, all you have to do is create a document and you get paid when someone downloads it!
Printables can be things like planner pages, calendars, financial trackers, wall art, printable games, stickers, and business cards. Because printables are digital files, you only need to create them once and then sell them as many times as you want without paying any additional fees. Also, there is no need to ship or keep physical products!
You can use the knowledge and abilities you gained from prior employment, especially if you worked in executive assistance, human resources, customer service, or project management. You’ll appreciate this side business’ flexibility the most. The flexibility of becoming a virtual assistant allows you to work from home while taking care of your children.
Virtual assistant manages social media accounts, handles billing, does inbox management, schedules meetings, and generally keeps you focused and on task. Additional virtual assistant tasks include:
- Responding to emails
- Project management
- Blog management
- Preparing reports
- Digital marketing tasks
- Content creation
The earning potential of a side business is likely to be your top consideration when choosing one. But it will probably also have something to do with scheduling. Your time frame will also affect your earning potential. You can most certainly increase your earning potential over time if you have the time to dedicate to your side business. However, you probably won’t have much growth potential if you need money right away.
So, do you have plans to start a side business in addition to your regular job? Or perhaps you’re already working on your side business? Let me know your story below!