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Online side hustles are a godsend for moms who want to make extra money but struggle with talking to people.
I should know. I’m totally an introvert and majorly socially awkward.
Making mom friends is super-tough for me. I’m lucky that my best friend is a mega extrovert who enjoys doing all the talking.
And really any kind of interaction where I don’t know anyone or only know a few people casually is hard.
Don’t get me wrong. Being an introvert or on the shy side doesn’t mean we don’t like to be social.
It’s just that we prefer to do it alone. In the privacy of our own homes. With no other humans around.
Just kidding. (Sort of. 🙂 )
So, for an introverted or shy mom who’s looking for a way to pay off debt or grow their savings, online side hustles can a perfect fit.
Why Online Side Hustles Are Great for Introverted and Shy Moms
I love being able to make money and pay the bills without having to leave the house.
Instead of stumbling over conversations and ending up tongue-tied, I connect with my freelance writing clients through email. I do have the occasional phone chat with clients or interviewees but those are rare.
Blogging is more or less the same.
I interact with other bloggers and some of my fave blogging mentors in Facebook groups or Twitter. And on my blog itself, I respond to every comment I receive.
But there’s no pressure because I don’t have to make eye contact or come up with the right thing to say on the spot.
I can think about what I want to say before I type it out. And it’s easier to let my personality come through without feeling like a total oddball.
You extroverts have no idea what I mean but my introverted and shy moms get it.
(Or at least I hope you do. If not then maybe I’m just next-level awkward and don’t realize it.)
So, side hustling online can be a natural fit when you’re shy. But some side hustles are better than others for making money.
5 Best Online Side Hustles for Moms Who Don’t Like Talking
These five side hustle ideas are my absolute favorites for introverted and shy moms. Not only do they have serious profit potential but they’re all things that mostly rely on email for communication.
1. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is always at the top of the list when we’re talking side hustles.
I’ve been freelance writing online for over five years now and it’s the best-paying, most flexible career I could ever imagine.
There are plenty of ways to make money as a freelance writer, including:
- Content writing
- Blog writing
- Technical writing
- White paper writing
- Ebook writing
I’m a content writer/paid blogger for financial brands but you might find your sweet spot as a copywriter or ghostwriter.
Freelance editing is an extension of freelance writing that’s also good for introverted or shy moms. Instead of doing the writing, you’re reviewing another person’s work for tone, style, grammar errors and spelling.
You don’t need any special education or training to become a freelance writer, although there are plenty of free and paid courses online that can teach you the basics.
If you’re looking for an introduction to freelance writing, bookmark these posts for later:
- How to Build a Freelance Portfolio When You’re Brand-New
- 10 Secrets Every New Freelance Writer Should Know
- How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs With Zero Experience
You should also check out the Freelance Writer’s Toolkit I put together for new freelancers. It includes an ebook that covers the basics of freelance writing, a guide to 55+ places to find freelance writing gigs, cold pitch templates, a pitch tracker and more to help you start your freelancing career.
2. Graphic Design
Graphic design is something some people just seem to have a natural knack for.
Kristin at Applecart Lane is a great example. Everything she makes is just so pretty!
If you have stellar design skills, there are several online side hustles you could try. For example, you could make money designing and selling:
- Pinterest templates
- Website and blog logos
- Ebook covers
- Hand-lettered fonts
And there are plenty of ways to sell your graphic design skills online without having to talk to a soul.
For example, you could start a blog or set up a website to showcase your portfolio. Or you could sell your designs through a platform like Creative Market. Then there are sites like Fiverr and Upwork.
If you’re interested in graphic design as a side hustle, consider:
- What kind of design services you want to offer
- How you’ll price them
- What software you’ll need to create your designs
Canva, for example, is free and it’s what I use to create the graphics on my site. Just make sure you read Canva’s licensing rules if your plan to sell any designs or templates you make with the software to avoid any copyrighting issues.
Being a proofreader is another awesome side hustle ideas for introverted moms.
Proofreading means reviewing written copy for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.
You can offer general proofreading services or niche down and focus on working with one specific type of client. For example, you might specialize in legal proofreading or proofing technical documents.
Being a general proofreader might appeal to shy and introverted moms who want some variety. But specializing could help you level up your income.
There are a ton of online tools, resources and classes you can use to learn about proofreading and how to make money as a freelance proofreader. Skillshare, for example, has quite a few to choose from.
If you’re looking for THE authority on proofreading, check out Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere. She has a free intro webinar to proofreading that can help you decide if it’s a good side hustle fit.
4. Be a Virtual Assistant
Starting a virtual assistant business seems like it’s one of the most popular online side hustles these days.
Virtual assistants or VAs help business owners, bloggers and companies run their business. The kinds of services you can offer as a VA include:
- Blog management
- Social media management
- Pinterest management
- Customer service
- Email management
- Scheduling and project management
- Database and spreadsheet management
- Data entry
So, the great thing about being a VA for introverted or shy moms is that you can do all of these things online. And you can cater your services to what you’re most interested in and knowledgeable about.
For example, you might really love hanging out on Pinterest. And you may have a great eye for repinning the most useful content.
That could translate to a side hustle as a Pinterest VA manager. A Pinterest VA manager could handle everything from pin design and creation to branding to pinning strategy for bloggers or online businesses.
Another awesome thing about being a VA is that you can get started with basically $0 out of pocket. That’s a sweet bonus for us money-minded mamas who are watching the budget.
If you’re interested in learning how to start a VA business online, check out this ultimate guide I wrote that covers everything you need to know.
5. Sell Stock Photos
I love stock photography. Like, I could look at it all day and never get bored.
These are some of my favorite sites for stock photos as a blogger:
One day, I’d like to learn how to wield a camera and create amazing stock photos of my own for my blog. But if you already know your way around a camera, you could totally start a side hustle selling stock photos online.
The most common way that I’ve seen to make money selling stock photos is setting up a membership site.
These sites offer a set number of free stock photos each month as an incentive to get people to subscribe. Then they offer a separate monthly or annual subscription to their entire stock photo collection.
The kinds of photos you sell are up to you but I can tell you there’s a HUGE market for feminine and girly stock photos. So if you’re into making pretty and eye-popping photos, that could be your thing.
If you want to learn more about starting a stock photo side hustle, The Work at Home Wife has a nifty guide to selling your photos online.
Is Starting a Blog a Good Side Hustle for Shy Moms?
So, a lot of times if you search for “side hustles” or “side hustle ideas”, blogging is one that always makes the list.
Because there are lots of ways to make money blogging. Affiliate marketing, ads, sponsored posts, selling your own products — those are the most popular.
And you could totally start a blogging side gig if you’re the introverted type. Because like I said, it’s a lot easier to interact with other people from behind a computer screen.
Of course, if you want to grow your blog, you might have to break out of your comfort zone a little.
Video, for instance, is getting really big as a way to promote blog content and connect with your audience. I haven’t jumped into it yet because I just don’t feel ready. But I know at some point I might have to bite the bullet and get comfortable with communicating through that format.
So sure, you could adding blogging to your list of possibilities for online side hustles. And if you’re planning to give it a try, here are a few pointers.
Choose a good hosting platform for your blog
Your choice of blogging platform is the most important decision you can make as a new blogger. If you plan to use your blog to make money, definitely go with a self-hosted blog through WordPress.org, NOT WordPress.com.
To set up a WordPress.org blog, you’ll need to get a domain name and a hosting plan. I bought my domain and hosting through Siteground to keep things simple.
There are other blog hosting services you can use but IMO, none of them beat Siteground for cost, customer service an overall experience. To learn more or start your blog now, click here to get Siteground hosting starting at just $3.95/month!
Learn the basics of setting up your blog
Omg, I couldn’t tell you how many hot, salty tears I cried trying to get my blog set up after I bought my domain and hosting.
Seriously, it was so frustratingly bad I almost gave up then and there. But you don’t want to do that, right?
So here’s what you do instead: you brush up on the basics of getting your blog up and running.
There are lots of tutorials for how to start a blog online — you can read my guide to setting up your Siteground blog here.
Once you have the framework for your blog established, you can start adding on the extras. Think plugins for security, commenting, image optimization and of course, you’ll need a great theme.
WordPress.org has free themes you can use but if you’re interested in paid options, here are a few I recommend:
Find some blogging mentors to follow
Since this is just a brief intro to blogging as a side hustle, I’ll offer one last tip: find some established bloggers to follow that you can learn the ins and outs of blogging from.
A good way to find bloggers you might want to follow is to head to Pinterest and search for blogging tips for beginners. Check out some pins that catch your eye, then click through to the poster’s blog or website.
(Just watch out for spammy links or people who steal other people’s pins/content.)
And each of those bloggers I just mentioned also runs an amazing Facebook group for bloggers and mompreneurs. Joining one (or all of them) can be a good way to ease into blogging and start making connections with other bloggers if you’re feeling a little shy.
What Online Side Hustles Are Your Faves for Introvert Moms?
Are you a shy or introverted mom who’s running a profitable online side gig?
Head to the comments and tell me about it, then pin and share this post if it helped you!
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