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Self-employment for Introverts: Business Ideas and Tips

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?

  1. You’re thinking maybe you just need to find the right path that fits your introverted style (and/or high sensitivity needs).
  2. And you think self-employment might give you the freedom to create work the way you want it. (Yes!)
  3. 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.

Brainstorming self-employment ideas for introverts

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.)
  • Accounting/bookkeeping
  • 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”.

Learn more here >

My Top Words of Advice

  1. If you’ve got an idea for your own self-employment, and your heart says Yes, it’s worth some more exploration.
  2. Don’t let that “I can’t” voice in your head stop you from even exploring.
  3. 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.
  4. Take one small step at a time. Don’t commit to one specific idea right away. Explore.
  5. 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.

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Val Nelson

Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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4 thoughts on “Self-employment for Introverts: Business Ideas and Tips”

  1. I like your post, it made me feel included. I’ve been a nurse (sub contracted), owned my own dog grooming shop, hypnotherapist for smokers, sold caskets door to door (YIKES and not recommended). Now I am looking for self employment but I just don’t know where to start! Your ideas helped but I still feel a bit stuck.

    1. I’m so glad you felt included. Way to go on trying many things. That’s giving you good information and courage.
      Of course this post couldn’t solve it all. Wish it could. I’d love to hear what is now stuck.

  2. Awesome post Val! Something I’d add to it is that your first idea for self-employment doesn’t have to be your “forever business” – one of the briliant things with working for yourself is that you get to change the direction of your business when you need to.

    I started off my entrepreneurial life as a copywriter. It made sense – effectively, it’s what I’d been doing as an employee for nearly 5 years, so I didn’t need to learn a lot about the actual skill of copywriting: I could focus on figuring out the whole “how the heck do I run and grow a business????” thing.

    About a year or so in, I started realising that copywriting wasn’t where my heart was, and that, having discovered my own introversion, I was really drawn to helping fellow introverts in the heart-based business space (and WOW there are a lot of us) to grow their businesses without exhausting themselves.

    I’m still in the midst of changing direction right now – my copywriting business is still running, but my intention is to gradually transition out of it and into introvert coaching. It’s awesome to be a position to be able to create that change myself, rather than rely on a whole host of external factors to “allow” me to change it 🙂



  3. Such a great post! I’ve been mulling around a similar idea. Maybe one day I’ll even get around to posting it, lol. Thanks for this!

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