There are plenty of online forums and Q&A type sites with suggestions for jobs for antisocial people. Things like night watchman, farmer, truck driver, and computer programmer usually pop up. I can't say I know much about people that are clinically antisocial, but I would say that I'm 1,000% happier working by myself from home than I ever was at a normal 9-5 job.
What do I do?
What I do is called online marketing, and before you think it sounds boring…it's not.
The broad concept of what I do is build websites, write blog posts, and feature products on my blog. Though my blogs are about things like beer, computers, and personal finance, you could do this with any topic.
I know guys and gals that have sites about essential oils, running, coffee, kids birthday parties, MMORPG, and more. This possibilities are endless. No matter what you are in to, there's got to be other people that like it too, right?
When people search on the internet, they do a lot of reading. I write the information that they read. You are reading what I'm writing now, right?
The Day To Day
The most awesome thing about this job is that I can make my own schedule. I wake up at about 9 or 10 AM, and work til a bit past lunch. I usually go to the gym in the afternoon, and do most of my work in the evenings. It's 10PM right now, and I'll probably work until 12 or 1, watch a movie, and go to bed around 2 or 3 AM.
How many people have I seen today? Two. They are my roommates. I've spoken probably less than 200 words. Most days aren't quite so extreme because I do get out to go shopping and sometimes I even get a beer at the local bar (gasp!), but then there are days where I don't see a single person and don't say a single word.
I love it.
Most of my day is spent writing articles like the one you are reading now. Sometimes I have to write emails, like today I had to respond to a lady in the Philippines that's doing some work on one of my websites, and also spend a decent amount of time responding to email of other people that I'm teaching how to build their own websites.
Some days I have to edit video, or edit small graphics. I'm totally not a graphic designer or professional editor – I just do some simple cut an paste stuff. But I tinker around with my sites in addition to writing the articles.
Another thing I do frequently is research. I have websites on a couple different topics and I have to look into what type of information people would like to read. For example, if I was making a website about surfing, I could write something about how the fake Japanese radiation pictures that circulated the internet.
How Do I Make Money
Part of the research part of things is looking for products that people want. With the example above, let's say I had a surfing website. One day, I find that there's a popular type of surf board you can buy online. I write a blog post about it and say, “Hey dudes and dudettes, if you want to buy one, they are selling them here”(and put a link there).
When someone clicks that link and buy something, I get a commission. How much each commission is depends on what percentage you make and the price of the item, but it ranges from about 5% up to 75% with some programs.
Alternative Work For Alternative People
Honestly, I've done the “workplace” thing. It wasn't really a 9-5 because I was teaching English overseas (still pretty cool), but having to be at work at a specific time and see the same people every day was not my thing.
It's pretty scary taking the jump into self employment, and even scarier to know that you are dependent on yourself for monthly income. The scariest part is realizing that you are also opting out of things like 401ks, retirement packages, Christmas bonuses, and paid vacations.
But at the same time you are also opting out of unpaid overtime, commuting, farcical social interactions at work, and best of all, an annoying boss.
It takes some confidence and persistence to make it work, but if I did it, you can too. Part of my inspiration for making One More Cup of Coffee was to create a website where I could show people how to achieve the same thing I have – independence from the average work force by creating income online. It sounds cliche, but whatever.
You can join a free 5 day course I've set up to dig into this a bit more if this seems like something you'd like to start doing. . It's text, pictures, and videos explaining some of the details of what I do and how you can get started. It takes some work to start earning, but you'll thank yourself later. I know that I do every day I wake up and don't have to go to a regular 9-5 job.