6 Internet Based Business Ideas for Introverts

You may not know this about me, but I am actually an introvert – or at least I may consider myself one. The thing is that not everyone is ‘introverted’ or ‘extroverted’ to the same degree.

The point I want to make before I get into this post is that if you consider yourself to be an introvert, and think that it’s this personal quality that is holding you back from starting your own business, there are ways to ‘work around’, or perhaps a better phrase would be ‘work with’ this.

Why We Feel Introversion is a Hindrance

ExtrovertWhen I think of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and startup companies, I think of charismatic and engaging people, people like Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates. What these people are like behind closed doors, I have not idea.

But in the public eye, they look like THE BOSS. They know what they’re doing, and they can tell people what they should be doing. They at least seem to be awesome at their job, and their companies show for it.

For us introverts, it may seem impossible that we will be directing people in their daily tasks. It’s crazy to think that someone will listen to mild-mannered, go-with-the-flow type leaders. These descriptions may or may not fit you, but I think you understand the point.

It seems like NOT being an extrovert in our ideas, opinions, and manners may force us listen to the leaders, rather than become one.

The Internet and How it Changed Things

Now that we can do so much more on the internet, it’s actually possible to start a company completely online, without any brick-and-mortar store, without any employees coming to an office, without any physical products, and with people of all types at the helm.

Yes, even introverts.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak from personal experience.

About Me

I need time to think things over. I’m not pushy about my opinions. I don’t like confrontation.

But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to start a business. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the freedom of being the boss instead of being an employee. I DO have great ideas I would like to see put together with the help of a team

Being on the internet allows me to work better with these personality traits. By using email, chat, and scheduling, I can actually get all my ideas down on paper. I am allowed a longer reaction time, and I find it easier to convey my opinions in writing, rather than in words.

I am also able to solve conflict better because I can write out an email, check it for tone and meaning, then send it, rather than have to stick with whatever jumped out of my mouth the first time around.

You can read more about me here.

Business Ideas

Online Business Models For Introverts

You don’t have to be the head of a major corporation or entity to be considered an entrepreneur or business owner. Here are some ideas to get you started from behind the scenes.

1. Freelance writing company. You can start doing all the writing first, then move on to contracting  out work for other writers or subcontracting for employers. Depending on what you like to do, you can concentrate on the writing yourself, or you can focus on finding writers and hooking them up with legitimate companies at prices that both parties can agree on.

2. Tech support. Just because you’re an introvert, doesn’t mean you don’t know anything. If tech is your ‘bag’, there are lots of people out there that need it. Get a phone number, charge by the minute, and advertise in Google for your area of expertise. Using things like video chat, Skype, and Teamviewer, it’s pretty easy to fix, or show people how to fix stuff.

3. Niche Marketing. By learning what people are searching for, and what they want to buy, you can position yourself in Google so they find your website, and buy things after reading what you have to say on the subject. Reviewing products you actually use is another method to do this. You’ll need to learn about affiliate marketing, but this can be a really profitable business.

4. Authority Websites. Do you know A LOT about one thing? Is it beer? Audio? Gourmet Italian food? Whatever your area of expertise is, if you blog long enough, and get enough exposure, you can become an authority on the subject in the ‘blogosphere’. Advertisers will be salivating at your monthly visitor stats, and you can make a full time income from ads, promotions, and other monetized portions of your site. It might sound hard, but I learned how to build profitable websites in about 6 months.

5. YouTube Partnership. You don’t have to be one of those knuckleheads doing pranks and silly things on YouTube. Simply showing people how to do stuff can be practical and profitable. DIY channels are great, but really anything that a specific group of people are interested in could get you earning money just by uploading videos to YouTube. Heck, funny cartoons can make money too.

6. Sell Digital Information Products. You can be an expert, or know where to find them. Once you get any kind of knowledge down into a PDF or video format, you can sell online. This is a very good way to make money if you can figure out what kind of knowledge people want. I talk more in-depth about selling digital information products online in another post.

 

Conclusion

So you can see that there are plenty of ways that introverts can start businesses right from the comfort of their own home, in the spotlight of the internet, but behind the safety of a computer screen. You don’t have to be an attention-seeking spazzed out extrovert to get people to read a blog, view a video, or buy something they need. A successful website is about connecting to people just like you, and that can be very powerful…yes…for your wallet too.

Helpful, hard working, and knowledgeable people are the millionaires of online business, because information is the currency of digital media.

Want to add a business model that works for you to this list? Do so in the comment box!

Also, please share your introverted business experiences with me, I’d love to hear what you found works for you.

 

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Nathaniell

What's up ladies and dudes! Great to finally meet you, and I hope you enjoy this post. My name is Nathaniell and I'm the owner of One More Cup of Coffee. I started my first online business in 2010 promoting computer software and now I help newbies start their own businesses. Sign up for my #1 recommended training course and learn how to start your business for FREE!

Comments

  1. Simon says

    Thanks for this post. It’s encouraging to read that making money online is a real possibility for introverts in a world of attention seeking extroverts and over-excited, shouty YouTubers (shudder at the mere thought!).

    The next question has to be how does one zero in on a credible and profitable business idea? I’ve been 4 years looking for an idea that suits my introverted nature, which excites and interests me enough to pursue over the long term and which others would find valuable enough to pay for and I’m not much further forward, which leads me to think I’m either a) not cut out for it or b) there is nothing of value I can offer a largely extroverted world.

    Any suggestions?

    • Nathaniell says

      The thing is within affiliate marketing you don’t need a great business idea. The ‘model’ is already laid out for you. You just need to pick a topic that suits you.

      Your main job as a blog owner is to generate traffic to your website, and then you do promotions on the website. Your traffic is generated by creating content and publishing it to your website (the content is about whatever your website is about).

      Does that makes sense?

    • Simon says

      Thanks for the reply, Nathaniell.

      Yes, what you say makes prefect sense. I think I, like others, am struggling with choosing a topic that suits me enough that investing my energy and time into maintaining over the long term would not feel like a ‘chore’.

      I accept that it may be as much, if not more, about choosing something that other people are interested in primarily, but what’s your take on whether there needs to be some personal connection and interest to keep it driving forward?

    • Nathaniell says

      If you can fein personal interest, or at least try to see where the other people are coming from, you’ll do fine. It might get boring for you, but at the same time, you might find that you really do get interested in it. But I agree that sometimes, if you really don’t have a strong interest in one subject or another, you just have to pick something and get started.

  2. Diana says

    Love this post.

    I certainly want this but I still have to find an idea that could be a commercial success :S

    • Nathaniell says

      Part of your training that I recommend is learning how to choose a topic for your site. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make some money online.

  3. Erica says

    Happy to have found this site. Never looked at it from this perspective before. I am an introvert to the core and am having a helluva time figuring out how to parlay the ideas in my head into financial freedom. Every little idea helps. Thanks for posting this :)

    • Nathaniell says

      Glad you liked it. Let me know if you need anything.

  4. Princewill Ejikeme says

    Thanks for sharing this interesting post. I really enjoyed reading through it. I’m an introvert, and I’ve been looking for such post, in order to choose which area to focus my business passion on. Great post!

    • Nathaniell says

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post and got some value from it. Good luck with everything and let me know if you need any help!

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