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10 Work At Home Ideas For Shy People!

Updated on January 6, 2017

Extra Income Ideas For The Bashful

According to a recent census data report the telecommuting workforce has increased 80% from 2005 to 2012, even as the total workforce declined.

Studies also show that people that work from home are happier, more productive, and less likely to quit their job.

Ever since I started working from home five years ago, my life has taken a turn for the better.

Do you know what I adore the most about the creation of the internet? The fact that it has opened up a vast amount of various types of income-earning opportunities. The possibilities are unlimited and abundant!

I’m no longer sitting miserable in a lawyer's office filing paperwork and dealing with difficult people. These days I get to earn my money in a way that just feels right for my personality and schedule.

If you’re hunting for ways to earn extra money in way that fits with your shy, or "loner type" personality here are ten stellar income ideas for us bashful people.

1. On-Line Virtual Assistant Position

When I initially started out making money online most of my income came from freelance writing. After a short amount of time I needed a break from writing so I decided to market myself for virtual assistant services.

I’ve had the honor of helping manage a few different blogs as a virtual assistant and found this job can be a nice side income that flows along with freelance writing.

If you’re interested in working as a virtual assistant there is a good amount of information on internet on how to apply for these types of positions.

2. Become A Freelance Writer

If you enjoy staying in your own little world, have fun writing and are extremely motivated, becoming a freelance writer can be the perfect fit.

  • The money you can earn freelance writing can range from $2 to $300 per post or article.
  • What you will earn depends on your niche, skill level, and last but not least, how you can market yourself and locating high paying clients.

3. Search Engine Evaluator Position

Search engine evaluators are hired as independent contractors to evaluate the quality of search engine results for companies such as Google.

  • These jobs are usually very flexible with a varying amount of hours and projects available.
  • This is the type of side job that can and should be done in while still working a normal 9-5.
  • Pay for this job ranges from $10-$15.

There are many web-sites readily available to hire home based workers as Search Engine Evaluator's.

Working At Home Saves You Money

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Clothing & Accesories  
Average commuter spends $219 per month on
Average worker spends 1,000 per year on
Average worker spends 2,000 per year on
vehicle maintenance
public transportation
other beverages
parking & tolls
salon related services
Personal Time
Child Care
Other benefits of working at home
At home workers have more time to spend on money saving activites such as
The average worker spends $4,600 - $15,000 on childcare services such as
working while wearing you pajamas
clipping coupons, making home cooked meals
more flexibility
housework, yardwork
before & after school care
not having to deal with co-workers
DIY projects
summer camp
less stress
side business'
spending more time with your children

4. Website Tester's Are In Demand

  • Website testing is another flexible and fabulous contractor job that may work well with a 9-5 job.
  • Website tester's take a look at websites and test them for how well their usability is.
  • You’re typically required to take a 5-10 minute video of you using a specific website and talking about your likes and dislikes regarding the web-site.
  • As a website tester you are usually paid about $10 each test and they take 20-30 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in this type of work search for web-sites that let you start out with taking your first initial test before you sign up.

5. Data Entry Operator's - Most Common Work At Home Job

One of the most popular ways to make extra money at home is data entry. A data entry operator can work in a lot of different spaces but the job almost always includes the same thing: entering data into some sort of specialized system.

You can expect to earn no more than $7-$15 per hour with data entry. There are many great resources out there for work at home typing jobs.

6. Buying & Selling Used Items

If you’ve got an the skill to find a bargain maybe becoming an online reseller would be a great fit for you.

While eBay used to be the place to earn a lot of money selling items it looks like Amazon is now taking over.

Here’s a beginners guide to selling on Amazon FBA from The Selling Family.

If can also read some books of "flipping" your flea market finds and selling them for a profit.

7. Social Media Manager Positions

If you’re looking for an extra income idea that you can grow into a full time income source this job might be a great solution.

  • Social media managers can take on all of a company’s social media networks or can become specialists in just one.
  • They may also become specialized in things such as a Facebook Ads for example.

If you can produce results as a social media manager you may charge up to $50+ per hour! When I first started out I charged much less than worked my way up due to the knowledge I gained along the way.

There are many in depth articles out there on becoming a social media manager.

8. Start Your Own Blog

One of the most fascinating jobs I discovered while looking for extra income ideas is blogging. When you have your own blog the income potential is unlimited and blogging is pure fun and joy.

The only unfortunate thing about blogging is that it can take hours upon hours of unpaid work to make your blog profitable. It takes most bloggers two years to start earning from their blog.

If you’re looking to build something you can call your own and don’t mind working hard to reap the benefits later blogging can be a stellar fit.

9. Become A Self-Publisher

I would like to be honest and let you know that this is the most difficult way of all to earn extra income.

There have been many incredible success stories of people earning up to $40,000 per month self-publishing e-books on Amazon, I’ve also witnessed many people spending countless hours writing books to earn only pennies.

When you are a self-publisher you write books and then sell them on places like Amazon’s Kindle Store or your own website.

There are aslo many books out there on how to become a self publisher.

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10. If Your Crafty Become An Etsy Seller

I am not the craftiest person in the world but I absolutely adore Etsy. I have to restrain myself when it comes to not spending my hard earned money on handmade items from Etsy.

If you’re good at….

  • Making homemade lotions
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Sewing

Or anything else that is homemade and are willing to educate yourself on a few business and marketing skills you might want to consider selling on Etsy.

I have many friends out there that have changed their craft making hobbies into a small business by utilizing Etsy.

My Final Words

I absolutely love working at home. I believe that anybody can work at home if they put their minds to it. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to eat the way I do, prepare my food, and do my daily rituals each day if I was stuck in an office everyday for 8 hours or more.

The idea of working from home has always been associated with a part-time job, a part of a post-retirement plan, a hobby, or side project.

Earning a living from home used to be a far-fetched dream, and it would also mean having to cope with an unstable income. Due to the advancement of the Internet, more people around the country are now starting their home based careers, or cafe based as some would call it.

When you work outside the home and consider the drive to and from work and the lunch break, you’re looking at roughly 12 hours away from your spouse and kids each day.

You’ll never get these years back.

Not only are you losing out on the best years of your life, but you’re thrown into a stressful work environment and possibly toxic work conditions depending on your job. If you add those two things to the fact that your work situation makes it more difficult to take care of yourself and eat properly, it makes it even more appealing to work at home.

If you were to figure out a way to work from home you’ll notice how much more you love life and how much healthier you can be!


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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had to give this a read since "shy" is my middle name. I think the life of a writer is tailor-made for this introvert. :) Happy Holidays, Amy, and thank you for your online friendship.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Still trying to figure out a good mix of all of this for me--it seems like a struggle! How do you manage your time???

    • Ashish Dadgaa profile image


      2 years ago

      Hello Amy,

      This is very easy and simple 10 work from home idea. I would say not only "SHY" but anyone can opt for this work from home idea.

      I am bookmarking this hub and consider this as my helping line :)

      You are full of creative ideas.

      I must say that you are having broad vision. You are thinking out of the box.

      Bless you my dear.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing all these do-able suggestions. You're an inspiration. Best to you, going forward.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      As others have said, there are some great ideas in this useful article. Thank you for sharing the information.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      These are some excellent suggestions for not only the shy but also for those who would like an at home occupation.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like your ideas for shy people. Sometimes one just has to go with the flow. Shy people prefer to be on their own and such ideas make them feel secure.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      All great ideas! Thank you!

    • Evane profile image


      3 years ago

      Oh such great ideas! I am also a freelance writer. I am interested to try virtual assistant and social media manager.


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