Being a business owner or entrepreneur is not just for extroverts — people who are outgoing and sociable. There are plenty of business owners, notable ones too, who are actually introverts.
Introverts, who are not necessarily shy, but those who benefit from collaborative time as well as quiet and alone time, often take a different approach to business ownership than extroverts.
Keep in mind that there are positive attributes for business owners who are introverts, as well as extroverts. So one doesn’t necessarily mean that they are better at business ownership or entrepreneurship than the other.
However, certain businesses may be better suited for an introvert or an extrovert depending on the nature of the work, industry, etc. So which businesses are a good fit for the introverts out there? Here are some business ideas for introverts.
7 Business Ideas for Introverts
Graphic or Web Designer
As a graphic or web designer, you have the ability to hide behind your computer and create incredible things for your clients. Most of the time, you only interact with your clients or potential clients via email or a quick phone call. This can be a pretty lucrative business depending on your skill level and capabilities.
Dog Walker or Pet Sitter
Don’t like people? Great! Spend your time with animals then. Start your own dog walking or pet sitting business. Some quiet time taking a dog for a walk on a beautiful day outside while you clear your head could be an introvert’s dream business. Look into mobile apps, such as Rover and Wag, that can make it easy to start pet sitting right away.
Whether you start your business and sell products on Etsy, Amazon, eBay or one of the other many platforms out there, many successful ecommerce sellers are making some serious dough. And the best part is, you can have very little interaction with people since it’s all done via the Internet.
Editor or Writer
Editors and writers are used to an obscene amount of time spent alone, hidden away in an office or coffee shop editing or writing their latest masterpiece. They barely look up to check the time, let alone to chat with anyone. And that’s perfectly okay with them. They are in their comfort zone. If you have an expertise in a certain area, and writing skills to boot, this business idea could be ideal.
Gardener or Landscaper
Some people find their zen outside. Forming your own gardening or landscaping business means that you will spend your days outdoors, digging in the dirt and making outdoor spaces become magical.
What better place for an introvert than a place that encourages their guests not to talk. Massage therapists can tend to their guests without much chatter and the environment itself is a great place for introverts since it’s calming and therapeutic.
Chef or Baker
Being in the kitchen whipping up something delicious won’t leave too much time to interact with others. Owning your own catering business or bakery can be an amazing source of income for those who are talented cooks.
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Lisa Crocco is a marketer for an international food manufacturer by day and a freelance writer/marketer for startups and small businesses by night. She's written for outlets like USA Today College, Career Contessa, CloudPeeps and Fairygodboss.