There are a lot of advantages to working from home. For starters, it’s easier to balance work life with personal life – in fact, it’s easier to achieve what they call “work/life integration.” That concept seems to be all the rage nowadays. Whereas people used to consider work and life separate. But today, work and life are sort of blended together. And the key to having a fulfilling life and career is to be able to switch between work and home modes quickly. When you work from home, it’s easier to do that. Work/life integration is suddenly within reach when your schedule is more flexible – and not having to deal with gruelling rush hour traffic helps, too.
And home-based careers aren’t just niche anymore. And they’re not things deadbeats do. In fact, this article on the CNBC website has a few things to say about that. It quotes a study that claims a large chunk of people are starting to work from home. The article notes:
Last year, a report by U.S. market research firm Gallup found that the number of American employees working remotely rose to 43 percent in 2016 from 39 percent in 2012. Another study, by telecommuting research firm Global Workplace Analytics and recruitment firm FlexJobs, found that 3.9 million American workers said they telecommuted at least half of the time in 2015, representing an increase of 115 percent from the 1.8 million U.S. employees that said the same in 2005.
And here’s another advantage of work from home jobs: they are super appropriate for introverts. When you work from home, you don’t have to worry about getting bothered by office noise. You don’t have to pretend to listen to your chatty colleagues. You don’t have to worry about office politics, or hear the person across the room talking loudly on their mobile phone. You don’t have to engage in awkward small talk in the elevator. And best of all – you don’t have to participate in company-mandated nights out! Work from home jobs are perfect for introverts.
But not just any job will work – you’ll have to find the legit ones. I’ve tried quite a few home-based jobs, and I’ll be sharing with you my top job prospects for introverts. I’ll also be sharing business ideas for introverts, as well as self-employment ideas for introverts. If you’re like me and prefer to work in peace and quiet, read on!
Become an Audio Transcriptionist
As far home business ideas for introverts, transcribing audio recordings has to be one of the coolest gigs. As a transcriptionist, you will have to listen to hours of other people’s recordings, but you don’t actually have to interact much. All you have to do is transcribe the recordings. Most introverts are really good listeners, which is why I think introverts would be able to thrive doing this sort of job. If you’re interested in this, try looking for transcribing jobs on TranscribMe.
Manage an Airbnb Property
This earning method might be a little unexpected, since running an Airbnb property requires the owner to interact with guests. But I happen to think managing an Airbnb property is one of the most ideal home based business ideas for introverts. Many of the introverts I know don’t like small talk. When you manage an Airbnb property, being straight to the point and blunt could actually be an advantage. The best Airbnb managers have a way of clearly communicating with tenants and explaining the terms of the agreement with them – and just so happens that those skills are something introverts possess. And besides, your interactions with guests will be limited to the times they arrive and check out.
Most work from home careers involve staring at a computer screen for hours on end. I know some introverts who would prefer to get out of the house. If you’re one of those, making deliveries will be a great way to earn. You get to leave the house, but your social interactions are still limited. One great option is making deliveries via Amazon Flex. The Amazon Flex program outsources deliveries to private individuals such as yourself. Under the Amazon Flex program, you will be assigned an area of responsibility. But don’t worry, this is usually in your own city. When you receive a notification via the Amazon Flex app, you will then head to your nearest warehouse to make the delivery.
Design Merch and Sell Them Online
Most introverts I know – including yours truly – are pretty creative, and possess excellent graphic design skills. If you’re one of those people, you might one to start creating designs for merchandise and selling them online. Creating designs has to be one of the best businesses for introverts.
Now, I know selling merch requires a sizeable investment. Aside from making the actual designs, you will also have to source suppliers for whatever merch you want to sell. Don’t worry about that – you can instead sell your designs on a site called RedBubble. On RedBubble, all you have to do is upload your designs. And when someone buys your design, the site handles the production, shipping, and customer service. Basically, all you have to do is focus on making the greatest designs possible – which most introverts would be more than happy to do!
Your designs can be printed on shirts, tote bags, notebooks, mobile phone cases, laptop sleeves, wall prints, and many more options. And RedBubble handles all of that. Of course, RedBubble gets a cut of your sales, but it more than worth the service and opportunities they provide you.
Earn Money on Rewards Sites
You won’t be able to make a full-time career out of doing tasks on rewards sites, but they’re really easy to do along with your regular tasks. So look at this as a bonus opportunity to earn. There are lots of rewards sites out there, but I recommend ZoomBucks. ZoomBucks is a newcomer to the rewards scene, but they’re owned by the people behind GrabPoints, so you know they’re legit. On ZoomBucks, you earn points by answering surveys, completing offers and watching videos. Really easy stuff to do. And you can trade your points for cash and all sorts of gift cards.