15 Independent Ways to Make Money

Introverts have been getting a lot of buzz in the past few years. Everyone wants to tell us how to survive in what is, apparently, an extroverted world.

But what if you just want to live in an introverted world?

Luckily, we love to find ways to make money working for yourself or working from home, so you can keep your interaction with the outside world to a bare minimum.

Here are 15 jobs for introverts that don’t compromise your very-real need to just be left alone sometimes.

Take Surveys While You Stay Home on Saturday Night

We know surveys aren’t going to make you rich quickly. But if you’re just vegging out on the couch avoiding Facebook event invites, why not use the time to make some extra cash?

Point Club and Ipsos Panel are two legitimate paid survey companies we love.

Sign up for these sites, and you’ll get notified when you qualify for a survey. You’ll answer a few qualifying questions, complete the survey and earn points you can cash in for gift cards to major retailers like Amazon.

Plus, when you sign up for Point Club right now, you’ll earn bonus points worth $5!

Shop Online So You Never Have to Go Outside

You know what it’s like out there. Stores are full of people, crammed into aisles, holding up the line, chatting you up for no good reason.

Skip it, and shop online. You can find everything you need without talking to a soul. Plus, we’ve got a secret tool to help you make some of your money back.

This secret weapon is called Paribus. It’s a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases.

Paribus is free to sign up and takes less than a minute. Once you do, it scans your email archives for receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Amazon, Target or one of the other participating retailers, it will track the item’s price. Anytime a price drops, it’ll refund you the difference.

There’s no fee to use the service. It just charges 25% or less of what it saves you.

Improve Your Fitness Routine Instead of Spending More Time With Friends

Avoiding people doesn’t have to mean you’re cooped up inside all the time.

Go for a run in the park, do yoga at the beach, take a walk downtown — and get paid for it! How’s that for motivation?

The health app Achievemint lets you earn money for completing healthy activities.

Connect Achievemint to workout apps like Apple’s Healthkit, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, Rundouble C25K or any other app you already use to track your health and fitness goals. You’ll choose which data to securely share with Achievemint to earn cash for your activities.

You can even get paid for tweeting about your activities.

For example, you can earn points for logging your weight with MyFitnessPal or hitting step goals with Fitbit. You’ll earn points towards cash or Amazon gift cards (10,000 points = $10).

Plus, you’ll earn 10 points just for signing up with Achievemint and connecting an app.

Do Your Banking Online, So You Never Have to Talk to Anyone

Have you had enough with the small talk at the bank? For goodness’ sake, no one cares what you’re doing this weekend.

Open an account with an online bank, and never talk about the weather with a teller again.

Aspiration’s Summit Checking Account is an online-only bank account with no fees, no minimum balance, no minimum monthly deposit and no chatty Cathys.

It also yields 1% interest — about 100 times a typical interest rate. You’ll get a debit card, so you can access your money at any ATM in the world, and it reimburses 100% of your fees.

Sell Your Stuff Without Inviting People Into Your Home

Negotiating and bartering are tough for anyone. For introverts, they can be agonizing.

Decluttr lets you skip the trip to the record store or the awkward liaison with a Craigslist buyer.

You just scan your stuff with the app, and it makes an offer.

Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.

To get started, just download the app and start scanning barcodes of the items you want to sell. You won’t pay any fees. Decluttr even sends you a prepaid shipping label, so you don’t have to go to the post office.

Earn Money From Credit Card and Bank Bonuses

Did you know a lot of credit cards and banks will give you money just for signing up? Instead of getting a toaster, they’re getting straight to the point these days: cold, hard cash.

These bonuses usually come with a few requirements. Typically, you’ll have to spend a certain amount on the credit card or deposit a certain amount into the bank account within the first few months of opening.

Switch your typical spending to these accounts, at least temporarily, and you could earn hundreds of dollars in bonuses a year!

Here are some of the best bank bonuses and the best credit card sign-up bonuses we’ve found — earn from $100 to $500!

Get Paid for All the Time You Hide Out Online

You’re probably doing it right now: browsing the internet at your desk, in your bedroom or in the bathroom at a party… It’s a great way to escape and clear your head.

You could also be getting paid for this. Digital Reflection Panel is a research company that will pay you more than $200 a year for connecting a device to your wireless router.

The device anonymously gathers information about how you use the internet, in hopes of helping companies improve online experiences.

To qualify, you have to have wireless internet service and live in a single-family home (no apartments, sorry!).

And don’t worry, you don’t have to talk to anyone to install the device (though they’re available if you need help). The set-up kit comes in the mail with instructions, and you’ll earn your first $25 for installing it within four days.

Then you’ll earn $60 after you’ve kept the device installed for two months, and $10 a month after that.

Stay Behind the Camera: Sell Your Smartphone Photos

Occupy yourself on nights out or at parties by snapping photos of other people. It’s a great way to join in on the fun without really interacting with people.

Plus, we found an app called Foap that allows you to turn your smartphone photos into cash.

To use it, you’ll download the Foap app on your Android or iPhone, upload your photos and make them available for purchase on the Foap Market.

You’ll make $5 for each photo you sell, and you can sell the same photo an unlimited number of times.

Be a Freelance Blogger

Everyone is doing it these days, but it’s a safe bet to say introverts were probably the first bloggers.

Carefully composing your ideas before presenting them to people far, far away is pretty much an introvert’s ideal form of interaction.

As a freelance blogger, you can work as much or little as you want, so this makes a nice side gig or full-time job.

Pay varies wildly for writers, so make sure you’re compensated fairly for your time. Check out these seven blogs that pay $100 or more per post.

Use This as an Excuse for Those Nights You Just Want to Stay in

Have you run out of excuses for turning down invitations to go out with friends? Tell ‘em you’re working!

Through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), you can earn an extra $10 to $50 a week or so by completing small tasks online.

You’ll sign up as a “Turker” with your Amazon account and accept tasks (called “HITs”) like data entry, writing, research or taking surveys. The work won’t be crazy exciting, but it’s not a bad way to pass the time, especially when you’re getting paid.

Take Care of Houses

House-sitting is kind of like babysitting, except you don’t have to be around kids all day. Sometimes, you don’t have to talk to another person at all.

The best bonus, really, is you get to stay in some pretty nice houses. You can get paid to look after them while the owners are out of town.

House-sitting can be a smart way to find free lodging when you travel, or you can actually turn it into a business and get paid for your service!

To learn more, read our full guide on how to find house-sitting jobs here.

Hang Out With Dogs, Instead of People

Yes, you can get paid to hang out with dogs. We know you’d be happy to do it for free, but why not make a little side hustle out of it?

Find dog-sitting or dog-walking jobs in your area by reaching into your network or signing up through a service like Rover, Wag! or DogVacay.

You’ll set your own rates and availability, so you have control over how often you work and how much you can earn. This stay-at-home mom earns $6,000 a year walking dogs.

You can even decide which dogs you’ll accept, based on size, age and medical needs. (See? They’re already easier than people.)

Write About Food and Wine

If you prefer the company of a good bottle of wine, try getting paid to write about it.

Turn your knowledge of body, fruit, tannin, acidity and sweetness into education and recommendations for other wine-lovers.

If you have writing skills and experience, pitch your ideas to magazine editors. Check out these 10 wine magazines to get started.

Also think about how your culinary prowess could apply to other topics. Maybe you can share cooking tips for families? Pitch these parenting blogs and magazines.

Even Penny Hoarders can recommend a good wine! TPH contributor Jamie Cattanach has shared several recommendations for great wine on the cheap (even the best boxed wines).

Work at a Cat Cafe

Yeah, if you work in a cat cafe, you’re going to have to deal with people. But they’re cat people, so you can probably handle it.

We found three cat cafe jobs that pay up to $13 an hour, plus tips. If you have barista experience, your main job could be taking and preparing drink orders and helping customers. If you only want to hang out with cats, they have “cat wrangler” positions just for you.

Either way, if you’re a cat-lover, it’s a pretty great way to meet some new feline friends.

Who knows? You might even connect with some cat-loving humans while you’re at it!

Write Book Reviews

Spending another Saturday afternoon reading? Yeah, we thought so.

You ought to get paid for that time.

Lots of sites will send you free books and/or pay you to write book reviews. Here are 18 of them. If you’re an avid reader, it’s a great way to save money!

Some sites will publish your review in their magazine or blog. Some will ask you to publish at your own blog or on Amazon. Most ask for your honest review, but a few will only pay for positive reviews.

Your Turn: What independent ways have you found to earn extra money?

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Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).