To survive in today’s world, one must have an income. In order to have an income, that means you’re going to have to find a job. Sadly, almost all jobs require some form of human interaction. Whether you’re writing a book or flipping a burger, it all goes to please another person: like it or not.
For some of us, the thought of face-to-face contact is so treacherous that it can make us physically ill. Everyone wants to put a label on everything, and more often than not, we’re termed as “anti-social” or “introverted.” I’m okay with whatever you want to call it, but I’m not okay with saying that it’s an actual problem. Some people just like to be alone, and luckily, there are plenty of ways for us to make a living solo.
After doing some research on the matter, I’ve come up with a list of jobs that sound like they’d be suitable for people who hate working with other people. These are only suggestions. There is no guarantee that any of these would actually be suitable for you personally.
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1. Freelance Writer
Freelance writing could be a great job for someone who hates dealing with people. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you would be successful. Writing is an art, which as we know is one of the most challenging fields there are to date.
There’s a big difference between a writer and a successful writer. Most writers still work a day job. Successful writers typically do not.
But if you choose freelance writing, you aren’t out to please anyone. If people like you, great. If they don’t, big deal.
If you’re interested in blogging, I can tell you that it can be perfect for people who don’t like to interact with other people. Don’t get me wrong, talking to people via the internet can be just as hellacious as communicating in person, and often it’s even worse. But there are options that you have that can limit your person-to-person contact with cyber folk. I’m not saying that these would be financially beneficial and in fact, they may even hurt you in the long run. But they are options.
- Deactivating your comments or just not reading or replying to comments.
- Little interaction on social media. I say “little” because, in all honesty, social media is pretty important when trying to get traffic to your blog.
As a new transcriptionist, you’re more than likely going to have to have a little experience under your belt before you can branch off into working from home. Working from home is ideal for people who hate people because, well, there’s no one else around.
Even if you score a job at a facility working as a transcriptionist, you’ll still be working mostly independently. I remember when I worked at a doctor’s office as a medical assistant, I always wanted to switch places with one of their medical transcriptionists. She always complained about going back to working in the “dungeon” (basement) because it was so dark and lonely. Dark and lonely is my kind of heaven.
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Reselling items is how I earn most of my income. I buy things cheaply and resell them to people on the internet or in my little booth that I pay monthly rent for at a local antique/collectible store.
It’s all rainbows and butterflies until someone isn’t happy. The only time that I have to deal with unhappy customers is via the Internet. And boy, do I dread those times. I don’t believe in the phrase, “the customer is always right.” It’s an overused and abused statement. What people should say is: “The customer always thinks they’re right.”
That’s why I love my booth at the store so much. I pay monthly rent, price my own items, place them in the store, and leave. Someone else handles the customers, and I never have to hear a single complaint.
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If you don’t mind leaving the comfort of your home, housekeeping is a good job for people who hate dealing with others. Sure, you’re on your feet all day, and I’m sure you witness a fair share of gross moments, but the luxury of the job is that it is almost complete solitude. It’s almost the perfect job for people who hate people. And plus, cleaning has always been oddly enjoyable to me.
The downside is that you’re likely to have a few unavoidable encounters with homeowners. Just don’t make eye contact. (Only joking).
On the other hand, if you decide to open your own cleaning business, you’ll need a decent amount of customer service in order to attract and maintain customers. There’s more to just cleaning when you’re the face of the company.
Photography is a great way to earn a living if you’re good at it. There are several stock photo websites where you can upload your photos, and if they’re accepted and downloaded, then you get paid. One website that I know of is called istockphoto.com.
Scenery, food, and animals are all good examples of non-human things to be photographed.
Whether you have anxiety, are introverted, or just prefer to work alone, this list of ideas will have you making money in ways that support your personality.