Self-employment for introverts — good idea, bad idea, can it work? I think we introverts can love and excel at self-employment. I’ll explain.
Is this you?
- You’re thinking maybe you just need to find the right path that fits your introverted style (and/or high sensitivity needs).
- And you think self-employment might give you the freedom to create work the way you want it. (Yes!)
- But, you’re nervous about what self-employment avenues will work for you as an introvert. (“I don’t know which direction is right?” and “Ack, what about marketing?!”)
Sound familiar? You’re definitely not alone.
That self-employment excitement combined with worry is common for introverts. And yet there are plenty of introverts making self-employment work. Without wearing an extrovert mask.
Personally, I love the freedom of self-employment, and it’s working for me in my own introverted way, even during economic ups and downs.
But I was originally very nervous to take the leap because some part of me thought that was extrovert territory. Both introverts and extroverts can make self-employment work, if you find your unique path.
In this post, I’ll explain why and how self-employment can work well for introverts, including a few specific ideas and tips for you.
Self-employment Is a Natural Fit for Introverts
I asked folks in my Facebook group for caring introverts, “What types of careers feel most suited to your introverted nature?” and the overwhelming trend was related to self-employment. It’s a natural fit for independent thinkers like us!
Here are some insights from self-employed introverts:
- “Since I have my business, I loooove working alone and deciding when I meet with people.”
- “Making my own schedule, creating my own rhythm is huge for me and my well being as an introvert.”
- “I’ve been pretty drawn to the ‘solopreneur’ notion. I’m realizing that I really feel flow when I’m in deep focus as opposed to social overstimulation.”
Self-employment Paths that Work for Introverts
Here are a few in-demand paths that I’ve heard introverts say has been a good fit for their energy and natural flow (and there are many more options than these):
- Healing arts professionals (acupuncture, massage, hypnotherapy, etc.)
- Tech support/ I.T.
- Designers and illustrators (graphic design, illustration, web design, landscape design)
- Video production and editing
- Anything involving a lot of research or writing (For instance, good grant writing and resume writing is in demand.)
- Social media/ online content manager
- Life coach/ career coach/ executive coach
- Nature-oriented work (ranger, guide, farmer, landscaping)
- Training and workshop facilitation (You’d be surprised that when you’re in charge and you feel passionate about the topic, public speaking is much easier.)
- Virtual assistant or online business manager
- Creating a tech startup with an extroverted business partner for a nice balance
- Doing the parts you loved about previous jobs, but now for your own business
Anything sounding up your alley? Are your own ideas coming to mind now?
How to Choose the Right Path for You
Now you have a few ideas that intrigue you perhaps. But how do you choose?
If you want to know what will fit for you personally, and we’re all unique, there are ways to uncover your best path. I found that knowing more about my values, my strengths, and more about my personality were critical to choosing well.
Self-employment can be easier than you think, if you choose something that really fits for you.
I discovered that figuring out my fit is not easy to do by yourself, so you’ll end up thinking it’s too hard and then most people hit a wall and give up.
With a little outside help, and some simple steps to walk through together, the picture of your best fit can come into focus. What a relief.
Taking the time to look closely before choosing is an investment that saves you so much heartache and expense down the wrong road.
It takes some soul searching… and it takes some research and market testing about what people will pay for. And that can be done, step by step. Don’t give up.
To choose well, you could get support from a career/business coach (for far less than the cost of investing in the wrong direction).
There’s also a way to walk through the career clarity steps in a course.
I’ve created an online course to help walk you through the steps:
Check out my course, “Simple Steps to Uncover the Best Use of You Now”.
My Top Words of Advice
- If you’ve got an idea for your own self-employment, and your heart says Yes, it’s worth some more exploration.
- Don’t let that “I can’t” voice in your head stop you from even exploring.
- If the type of skills needed for your idea come easily to you, that’s a sign to explore that path. Your true work with the best potential will come easily for you. Work doesn’t have to be hard to “count” as work.
- Take one small step at a time. Don’t commit to one specific idea right away. Explore.
- Get support. NO ONE does it alone, even introverts.
Consider learning some basics about business in online workshops and courses by people you can trust.
“Maybe I’ll Just Get a Job for Now”
If you’re starting to think maybe a job for now is the right next step, that’s cool too.
Once again, be sure to choose what will work for your introverted energy because we can easily be drained by the wrong work environment. I’ve gathered some ideas for that here:
Best Careers for Introverts, HSPs, and Other Sensitive Souls
Connect with Your Introvert Tribe Here
Come to the Caring Introvert Clubhouse on Facebook where you can ask questions and find your kindred spirits.