Contrary to popular belief, introverts make excellent entrepreneurs.
But breaking the habit of being employed and developing the skills and mindset of becoming an entrepreneur is another story.
The hardest part?
Choosing which business to start.
- What if I choose the wrong business?
- What if the business fails?
- What if I create even more work for myself?
- What will my friends think of me?
Are all questions introverts ask themselves (and even some extroverts).
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
The first step is to just start somewhere. If you have a passion for helping others and a desire to quit the rat race, then that’s all that matters.
You can choose one of the business ideas below and see how it goes. If it doesn’t feel right, then you choose something different.
Nothing is set in stone.
With that said, here are 7 business ideas for introverts that you can start today.
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7 Business Ideas for Introverts That You Can Start Today
Find the perfect business that suits your introversion, aligns with your passion, and makes an impact.
1. Start a Blogging Business
I could be biased, but a blogging business might be THE best business model for introverts.
Because we get to write about the things we love, work alone, help our readers achieve their goals, and make a decent income.
This is the business I have chosen because I enjoy writing, psychology, self-help, and marketing.
Which is what Grand Habit is all about.
The downfall is it can take a long time to see substantial results, but this can also be a good thing.
It’s a good thing because a lot of introverts can become overwhelmed if things move too quickly.
When you see your traffic increase and earnings trickling in, it’s a good sign things are moving in the right direction.
But it doesn’t start snowballing immediately where things feel like they’re getting out of control.
You can develop your skills and mindset at a gradual pace as your blog grows.
So where do you start?
Well, you can check out my article, how to start a personal development blog if the self-help niche interests you.
Or follow that article and choose a different niche that you prefer.
Here are a few niche ideas:
- Food blog that teaches people how to cook healthy meals
- A tech blog that shows people the best smart home gadgets
- An art blog that teaches people how to use oil paints on a canvas
- A personal finance blog to help people manage their money
- A pet blog to help people take care of their furry friends
The possibilities are endless.
Read Next: How to Start Personal Development Blog
2. Become a Freelance Writer
A freelance writing business is another great option for introverts.
Because most of your time is spent writing and if you find the right people to work with, it can be extremely rewarding.
I started freelance writing for a popular business blog in September 2021 and it’s given me a lot more confidence with my own blogs.
It allows me to earn a living while I grow my blogging business, provides the freedom to choose my hours, and learn a valuable skill at the same time.
To get started, you can find work on job boards, such as ProBlogger (which is what I did), or freelancing platforms like Upwork.
Or if you want to go it alone, you can launch a site to showcase your writing or write on a platform like Medium. Then market yourself to find your own clients.
The latter option will take some trial and error to develop the skills necessary, which is why starting out on other platforms is recommended.
You’ll gain some experience working with people, develop your writing, and discover what you’re passionate about.
3. Web Development
This was one of the first online businesses I got into (alongside selling stuff on eBay).
I started out by helping friends with their websites. Then local business. Then businesses nationwide.
My fees went from $200 to $350 to $2,000 to $8,000.
Honestly, it’s a great business if you can find the right clients. And it’s an easy skill to learn.
My advice would be to take a web development course on Udemy and start learning by building your own website first.
Then offer your services to local businesses in your area to get some experience.
The key to success here is to know you’re worth. Don’t settle for three-figure projects. Put your prices up quickly around the $1,500 range.
I worked on way too many projects for pennies and all it did was make me feel stressed and under appreciated.
And my clients didn’t take their websites seriously.
It’s also a great business for introverts because if you setup your business in the right way, you could work remotely and communicate with clients over email or Zoom.
Try it if it sounds interesting to you.
4. Create Online Courses
Selling online courses is another excellent business idea for introverts, because of a few reasons.
- You can create the course in your own time
- They require minimal interaction with your customers
- You can choose different ways to provide support that suit your introversion
- Once your course is created, you can focus on marketing through blogging, which is also great for introverts
There’s lot of creators online who get tons of clients because they went all in on social media.
But, these types of people are almost always extroverts.
The idea of speaking on social media everyday just to attract a bunch of people to talk to is an introvert’s worst nightmare.
If I had to talk to 10, 20, or more people just to secure one client, that’s a business model that wouldn’t work for me.
Because talking to people (especially strangers) can be very draining for introverts.
That’s why I love the courses model.
Here’s how it works.
You choose a topic you are well educated on or learn a skill you are passionate about.
You can read some books or take a course on the topic yourself first. Then you validate the idea. If you found books and a course that’s already successful, then it’s probably a good topic to create a course on yourself.
Then you create the course by first writing an outline of all the lessons, then creating videos of each lesson.
Upload your lessons to a course platform and start marketing your course online.
The best marketing channels for introverts would be blogging or maybe even YouTube.
Once you get traffic to the blog or YouTube videos, your viewers will start signing up for your course.
5. Life Coaching
For some introverts, this business idea seems a little daunting, but for some of you, it can be what you were born to do.
If you love helping others through conversation or everyone seems to come to you for advice, then becoming a life coach might be for you.
To become a life coach, check if you need credentials or a certification based on where you live, but because coaching isn’t therapy, such things aren’t required.
Still, it is highly recommended that you get some formal training if you want to take it seriously.
Or at the very least, read a book such as Co-Active Coaching or taking a course.
I recommend this course by Kain Ramsey. Honestly, it is hands down one of the best investments I have made, not only in becoming a coach myself, but for my own personal growth.
If you’re unsure if coaching is for you, read up on the basics here or follow some people on YouTube to see if it’s something you’ll enjoy.
6. Graphic Designer
If you’re a creative introvert, then starting a business in graphic design could be what you’re looking for.
This is where you will work with other business owners, creating graphics for things like their social media posts, blogs, YouTube art, or digital art.
There are tons of different areas you can choose from.
The new technology know as NFTs has become extremely popular in recent years, providing digital artists additional benefits when selling their work.
For standard digital creators, you get started as a graphic designer though providing services on Fiverr and Upwork.
Once you’ve got some experience and built up your portfolio, you could start marketing yourself and increase your rates and work with bigger companies.
7. Teach Something
Introverts make great teachers because they’re highly perceptive of what their students need, are patient, and good at listening.
So starting a business where you teach something you’re passionate about might be for you.
You might wonder though…
How do I make money teaching something?
Well, it can actually be a combination of the other ideas on this list.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say you love making videos and video editing. You could show off your cinematic skills and teach your techniques on YouTube.
Then you could write up tutorials on a blog, so people can follow the finer details in a text format.
Eventually, you could monetize your YouTube channel with ads once you hit the required watch time and subscriber count.
Then you can also earn income on your blog through display ads, affiliate marketing, and selling courses.
Like any business, this can take some time to see substantial results, but you could do freelance work in the meantime or work on your business alongside your job.
These are just some business ideas for introverts you can choose from.
My favorite is blogging as that is what I have most experience in and there is also the opportunity of selling the blog you create as well.
Whichever type of business you start, just remember that it is possible for introverts to reach success.