Traditional methods of making money tend to heavily rely on human interaction. After all, even the most isolated jobs (like being a long-haul truck driver) never entirely mean that you’re on your own. Instead, you still have people to report to or interact with from time-to-time, even if you don’t have to do so very often.
Now, cutting yourself completely off from the world isn’t a particularly good strategy. More isolation often leads to more depression. Plus, unless you live in a forest, off the grid, with no family, and eat rocks, you've got to talk to people from time to time. The world economy is built on exchange.
Even so, being able to make money without as little human interaction as possible is a great idea for some people. Having the ability to control when and where you connect with people is very ideal for introverts and misanthropes alike.
Finding a way to make money that fits your personal particularly powerful way to stay happy if you struggle with social anxiety or simply get sick of people and have trouble holding your tongue.
The Typical List Items
There are many lists online about normal jobs that you can do that don't require a lot of face to face time. Some are pretty obvious, others aren't. Here's what I've found so far, that I agreed with. Others that I've excluded will be expanded upon below.
- Truck Driver
- Technical Writer or Editor
- Translator (Written)
- Computer Programmer or Software Developer
- Mathematician, Analyst, Statistician, Etc
- Radiologist, Lab Tech
The issues with most of these is that many require degrees, so if you are not already moving down a path of achieving one of these careers, it's time to get started. See you in 2-8 years! Oh yeah, and that college time is going to be spent learning, talking to people, working on projects, etc. Not ideal.
I think what a lot of people searching for how to make money without human interaction are in search of is a solution to get out of their current job, because they just can't stand anyone they work with. Hey, I've been there.
Sit At Home On Your Computer And Make Money Online
If you want to avoid human interaction and still make money, then you really need to be working for yourself. When you work for another person or a company, there is always somebody that wants to know how you’re progressing or needs to be sure that you aren’t breaking any rules. Even if you're left to do your own thing most of the time, you still have to listen to someone else from time to time.
At the same time, you need a business type that doesn’t require interacting with people. There aren’t many options in the physical world that allow you to do this. However, making money online is an entirely different story.
Before we start the “zero” interaction options, you may want to consider being a freelance writer. Making money writing online can be very lucrative for folks who love writing, and if you're introverted or misanthropic, I'm going to guess that you're a pretty good writer. You will have to deal with clients, which can be frustrating at times, but it won't have to be face to face, and it won't be a daily interaction.
In fact, if you have a consistent project going with a good client, you may have to only exchange messages once every couple of weeks, as long as you deliver content according to specifications.
Beyond that, there are multiple approaches that don’t require any human interaction at all. If you chose to have any interaction, it would tend to be via email or social media, rather than in person, as with the writing example above. As such, an online business offers you much more control over your interactions and over your environment.
There are many different ways to make money online but in this post, I’m going to specifically focus on the options that limit human interaction as much as possible. For example, buying and reselling products may not be an appealing idea because this often relies on you physically going to local stores to pick items, or dealing with annoying customer returns.
The first option for making money online is to rely on websites. There are many different sites out there that offer this type of work and they vary dramatically in quality. Some are outright scams, while others let you earn a little bit of income.
One such option is sites where you are involved in transcribing audio. Scribie is a site like this and offers a pay rate of between $5 and $20 per audio hour. In most cases, this type of site mostly works through automated systems, so you wouldn’t have to actually interact with anybody in the company.
Yet, the site isn’t nearly as good as it sounds. For one thing, transcription work can be frustrating and challenging, especially when you first begin. Plus, the pay is actually really bad.
The site does claim you earn up to $20 per hour, but this is their top rate and it’s per audio hour. So, the rate refers to how long the audio is, not how long it takes you to transcribe it. In practice, it can often take 3 or 4 times as long to transcribe an audio file, longer if the audio isn’t good quality.
So, the company’s base rate is $5 per audio hour. Even if it took you 2 hours to transcribe that, you’d be making hardly anything. Plus, I’ve tried my hand at these sites and I know it would take you longer than that. So, even at the top rate, you’d still be earning relatively little for your work.
In the end, you’re doing frustrating work for a very low rate. That same pattern repeats itself across many of the sites that are out there. Other examples include sites where you are doing data entry, along with sites where you complete surveys.
Realistically, you’re never going to find a low skill site that offers decent income for the work you do. Those sites don’t exist and there’s a reason for that.
One of the key reasons that companies offer work to freelancers online is that it’s profitable. They have the ability to get a lot of work done and pay people relatively little. So, hiring people online tends to be cheaper and more practical than getting actual employees.
As a result, the company will always be paying much less than they would pay an actual employee. If they weren’t doing that, then why hire online at all? Getting employees would offer the company more security and a better quality of work overall.
With this in mind, the main way to make significant money by working for a site is to do something that requires skill. For example, some sites employ freelance writers or freelance graphic designers and pay them relatively well. But, they tend to only pick people that are very good.
Likewise, if you get really good at a site that offers basic work, you may end up earning a relatively decent income. But, it takes a lot of time and effort to get to that point and you’d be earning under the minimum wage for a long time. Plus, there’s no guarantee you’d ever end up with significant income.
Advertising On A Website
As I mentioned before, working for yourself is one of the best ways to earn money without human interaction. In the online environment, achieving this often involves building a website.
This area is often where people start to get nervous. The idea of creating your own site can sound difficult, especially if you’ve never looked into this topic before.
But, it isn’t hard at all. Instead, website building has become progressively easier and there are many tools available to make the process simple.
Advertising is one of the first options that people turn to with a website. With this you’re hosting ads for other sites on yours. There are many different programs that support this and some will pay you for the views the ads get, while others pay you based on how often people click on the ad.
The idea is appealing because it’s simple. In most cases, the ads are easy to set up and making money is straightforward. You simply write the content, and they serve the ads. As long as you have something interesting to say, you're good to go. You don't have to be a wacky YouTuber either! You can just write about something you care about, be it how to troubleshoot Windows 10 or organic gardening.
You just focus on getting traffic to your site and writing articles. This is easy enough to do and over time you’re likely to get more traffic, especially if you are producing quality content.
As you get more experienced in this approach, there are various things you can change, such as figuring out the best positioning of ads and specifically how many they put in place. But, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.
Using ads means that there is nobody you have to report to and no direct human interaction. You get paid by check or direct deposit, and you work on your website at home. You are essentially a “sole proprietor” business at this point, AKA your own boss.
The problem is that ads don’t typically pay very well. You’ll normally be earning just a few cents per click and even less than that if you’re getting paid based on views.
So, unless you get a lot of traffic, you might be just earning a few dollars a month or something like that. To actually make a decent income, your traffic has to be very high indeed.
Some people do achieve those levels. For example, Jon Dykstra makes around $40,000 a month using a specific approach that he teaches in Niche Tycoon. Nevertheless, these outcomes take a lot of work to achieve and simply aren’t worth it for most people. I, on the other hand, earn about $100/month from my ads and have about 500 visits per day to my website.
Besides that, you can earn more money from a website by avoiding ads altogether and using an approach called affiliate marketing. This is much more powerful and means you don’t need as much traffic to make a decent profit.
The Concept Of Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is the main system that I personally use to make money and it is one of the best ways to make an income online (although, I suppose I am a little biased).
The system works so well because it is beneficial for everyone involved. Basically, your role is to promote products, using affiliate links. Those links allow people to buy the product from the parent company. You earn a commission for each sale made.
This business model means that the company gets cheap advertising, since they only need to pay when you are successful at making a sale. You make money from the process and the customer gets the most appropriate product for their needs and valuable product for their money.
People are beginning to shop online with increasing frequency. They turn to the internet to research products and to figure out which is the best item to purchase. Affiliate marketers end up helping people in that research process. Where do you think all this information online comes from? People are making money to create it!
The cool thing is that you’re not directly making sales either. So, you don’t need to buy products or ship them, nor do you have to manage any type of checkout process.
This also means that you don’t have to interact with customers personally. As a result, it truly is an income method that doesn’t need to involve human interaction at all.
I learned how to do all this stuff at a training site called Wealthy Affiliate. It's online too! It's a community-based training site, so they emphasize interaction, but you can choose rely on the community as much or as little as you would like to. Personally, I found it helpful to have someone to ask questions when I got stuck. They have a live chat feature where you can pop in and ask questions or your can private message someone like me, who has been doing this a long time.
You'll learn how to build the site, write content for it, and make money from advertising.
I would say the only caveat is that you have to care about something. If you truly just dislike everything about everything, then you'll have a hard time writing content for your site. The best sites are the ones where people feel a strong interest or passion for their topic. For example, I love making money online, so I was really excited to reach out to you with this article. I have another site I did while I was in China, about breaking the Chinese firewall. Awesome stuff.
Do you have anything you love doing in your spare time? What do you like reading about or researching online? What videos do you watch on YouTube? These can all help you find your website topic idea. You can also join up to the community (linked above) and go through the training where they take you through the process of picking a topic.
Or, leave a comment and let's discuss!