15 Jobs Where You Work Alone (for Introverts) [2021]

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While some people tend to thrive in social settings, others need a quieter and calmer work environment. If that is you, you are in excellent company.

And you have many career opportunities available to suit your personality. Below are some of the best jobs that allow you to work alone. 

15 Best Jobs for Introverts

1. Graphic Designer


Being a graphic designer means communicating a message through a visual concept using fonts, shapes, logos, colors, and more.

The work is used to make companies and brands stand out among others and get their message across. 

There are no set educational requirements. However, it does typically require training and knowledge of many different aspects to be successful.

You can gain what you need through either certifications or a Bachelor’s degree. 

2. Software Developers

As technology continues to advance, the need for software developers will continue to grow.

From smartphones to TVs and healthcare systems to library systems, every electronic device needs software to make it work. 

If software development sounds like the work-alone option for you, prepare for some college time.

Most software developers have a degree in computer science or a related field.

As the average salary can typically exceed $100,000 per year, investing the time in a degree is a wise choice. 

3. Truck Driver

Being a truck driver is the epitome of working alone. Truck drivers must communicate with their employers, of course.

And they have some required contact at the shippers’ locations and truck stops.

However, they spend long hours alone as they drive between destinations. 

4. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is basically an office assistant that works from home.

It’s important to be clear that though being a virtual assistant does limit your interaction with the general public, it does still require communication with clients and sometimes others. 

Virtual assistants complete tasks for both large and small businesses. Some tasks virtual assistants commonly complete are:

  • Email management
  • Calendar management
  • Phone calls
  • Personal errands, including purchases and making reservations
  • Research projects or products
  • Maintaining financial records
  • File and form management
  • Data entry

These are just a few tasks you might get asked to handle. Before jumping into being a virtual assistant, consider what you are and are not willing to do.

This will provide you with clarity when discussing work with potential clients. 

There are no general education requirements for becoming a virtual assistant.

Some individual clients might prefer to work with someone who has a degree or some form of certification. Otherwise, the skills you need will depend on the services you choose to offer. 

Read more: How to Get Started as a Virtual Assistant

5. Social Media Manager

It’s common to think that social media managers are extroverted. It is social media, after all.

However, many social media managers work alone from home.

Those who work on a freelance basis and own their own business can choose the clients they work with, set their schedule, and protect their alone time while making some extra money. 

6. Writer


If you really enjoy being alone, writing may be one of the best options for you. It involves spending hours a day with nothing but your computer.

While being a freelance writer does require some interaction with clients, it is minimal and typically done through email or messaging.

This is one thing that makes it a great opportunity for those who wish to work alone.

There are no educational requirements to be a freelance writer. However, depending on the topic, a client may require knowledge or experience. 

For example, technical writers- like those for engineering information- might be required to have a degree in engineering.

Or those writing for medical fields might be required to have worked in that field. This is not always the case- it depends specifically on the client requesting the work. 

7. Professional Proofreader

If writing is not your strong suit, but you like the writing industry, there is another option.

As long as there are writers, there will always be a need for professional proofreaders. It requires attention to detail to ensure there are no errors. 

Under many circumstances, it requires no more than a demonstration that you can do the job well.

This is often done through testing prior to getting a job. Individual jobs might have additional educational requirements.

8. Web Developer

Web pages take two different specialists: web developers and web designers. As the name suggests, web designers focus on the look, feel, and overall design.

A web developer, though, focuses on coding and programming. Both are needed to provide the best results on a website.

If developing web pages and websites interests you, you will need to dedicate time to learning the field. This can either be done through college courses or through self-directed learning. 

9. Security Guard


Many people who love alone time find being a security guard to be a good fit.

There are times you might have to break up a fight or kick someone off the property- depending on the business you are guarding.

However, for the most part, security guards have a lot of quiet time. 

Being a security guard does not usually come with any educational requirements.

Some companies might only hire those with a military or law enforcement background, but plenty of entry-level jobs are available. 

10. Medical Transcriptionist 

Medical transcription is a long-standing field. It involves listening to recordings from doctors and nurses and transcribing those recordings into written documents.

Though the field has been expected to decline thanks to new technologies, medical transcriptionists are still needed to review digitally transcribed documents. 

Many former nurses, stay-at-home moms, and introverts have made a full-time income from medical transcription.

To be a medical transcriptionist, you will need a high school diploma or GED and a formal education.

Typically, this is a certificate or associate degree program. 

11. Freelance Photographer

If you enjoy capturing beauty on film, being a photographer is a good choice.

As a freelance photographer, you can choose just how much time you spend with people.

If you do not really mind some interaction, you might choose to take family portraits or wedding photographs.

If you really want to have alone time, though, you can choose to be something like a travel, landscape, or nature photographer.

12. Video Editor


Video is one of the kings of content- the public loves a good video. And all of the videos put online need to be edited first to be at their best.

Being a video editor can be highly lucrative, but it is a competitive field.

While no degree is required, educating yourself and staying up-to-date on the best technology can help you stand out among the competition. 

13. Data Entry Clerk

A data entry clerk is an individual that enters information into a database or platform. While some data entry clerks work in an office, it is typically a remote job. 

Data entry is an entry-level position that requires no certification, associate, or Bachelor’s degree.

However, you may need training for the database you are required to enter the information into.

Additionally, some jobs require you to be able to type at a specific speed.

14. Blogger

Blogging is a major industry, and it’s a great avenue for a side hustle or a full-time income.

Blogging itself is not really a money-maker, though. It’s what you do with your blog.

In other words, writing content for your blog is not going to actually bring in cash- it’s going to bring in traffic to your website.

Once there, you need other income avenues that will actually make money. The following are some of the most common ways bloggers make money:

  • Sell printables
  • Sell ad space
  • Market affiliates
  • Create and sell an online course 
  • Sell planners or other digital products
  • Market their books
  • Provide a free workshop that markets and sells their services or other product

There are many ways a blogger can make money – those listed are just a few.

One of the best things about blogging is that there are always new opportunities to grow, so the income potential is limitless.

It does not take much to start your own blog. You can get the ball rolling with an idea, hosting, and a website.

There is plenty to learn and do, but you can begin with those few items. Then, you can set your own blogging schedule and choose to work on it during your free time or full-time.

Either way, it is an excellent job for personality types that prefer to be alone most of the time. 

15. Amazon FBA

Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) is a great way to make a full-time or extra income through your own online business. FBA is a service through which you can sell physical products through Amazon. 

Instead of keeping those products in your home, you can utilize FBA to store, pack, and ship your product to customers.

It allows you to expand your business and your product line while letting someone else deal with the logistics of it all. 

Conclusion

Whether you are completely introverted or just do better working alone, the job options listed here are some great options. They allow you plenty of quiet and alone time. 

They all also provide great income opportunities as well as the chance to own your own business and set your own schedule.

Take some time to consider your ideal career and work environment. Then, get to work building them.

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