For the longest time, I was an introvert like many who are reading this post. Going out there to sell face-to-face seemed like the most daunting task possible. I would get in front of someone and just start to shake. It was not fun and I could barely sell anything. I know some of you readers might feel this.
Then I was reminded by a good friend that selling occurs online as well. It doesn’t have to just be in person sales that drives revenue for your business. After doing some research, I was convinced of what he said.
Amazon doesn’t have salespeople trying to sell. They are selling because of other reasons. At this point I was convinced that I can start a business even as an introvert. Here’s the thing, you can too.
Ever since then, things have been much smoother and I’ve even built up the confidence to go out and sell in person although it’s still not my favorite form of sales. You can do the exact same.
So if you’re an introvert out there that has been trying to launch a business but just can’t get sales with in person tactics, don’t worry, there’s hope for you and lot of it too.
The internet has evened out the playing field, so let’s go through the different business ideas that you can run from the comfort of your introvert cave.
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If you can create a physical product that you would like to sell, you can use Shopify to setup an online store for your brand. For example, if you know how to create custom gear shift knobs, you can create a Shopify store and create a brand around this product that you can manufacture and sell over the Internet.
Now you’re probably thinking that it’s complicated to get something manufactured, however, you’d be surprised how easy it is to contact manufacturing companies, send them a blueprint or something they can use to create the product and they can create it for you. There are many helpful links out there to help you with this.
You can also try something called dropshipping. Basically this is where you sell other people’s products at a higher price, keep the margin, pay the person who owns the product their cut and then they’ll ship the product to your customer. You never have to keep inventory and never have to deal with shipping. It’s all taken care for you.
There are many YouTube channels out there that can teach you how to do this from your home. You will literally never run out of learning material with Shopify dropshipping as there is a huge community for this.
If you’re passionate about a certain topic, you can start to create content around that topic and build a large audience that loves what you put out. After you’ve created a solid community, you can start to sell your audience to companies who would like to tap into that audience.
Specifically with affiliate marketing, companies may cut revenue sharing deals with you. Basically they have a product already created, you promote it for them and you get a percentage of all the sales that you generate.
Now if you’re wondering how you can build a large audience, here are some super simple questions to get you started: what are you passionate about? Does a market for this already exist, if so, how big? Where is your target audience most likely going to be hanging out?
These questions should get you thinking a little but, however, I do recommend that you go on YouTube and follow some influencers in the affiliate marketing space. You can get extremely in-depth with their content.
You can start to use platforms you already use to build this audience. So you can blog, you can make an Instagram page, you can start a YouTube channel, etc.
Got a digital skill like website development or search engine optimization (SEO)? Just can’t get clients? You can try starting an Instagram business. An Instagram business is simply a business page where you showcase your work and then contact prospects through Instagram.
By doing this, not only can you initiate the sales process right there on Instagram, you also have showcased your work on the Instagram page which builds your authority, trust, and respect, all of which are important when selling.
By really getting to know your client, you can start to build rapport with them as well. One way you can do this is by asking them questions instead of pitching them right away. Ask them what’s a problem they are having and then try to give a legitimate attempt at solving this problem for them.
You can also build trust by offering something small and then scaling it up. For example, if you’re a web developer, you can contact businesses who could use your services and offer them something valuable that’s low-risk for them. For example, you can give them a boost in their speed time. It’s super low-risk and it’s valuable to them.
Be very careful to avoid spamming. Not only is it cool but since you’re using Instagram’s platform to sell, if they want to shut your page down, they can do so.
Now, before I get into this one, I want to address the fact that there’s a huge stigma around selling an online course and to be quite honest, it exists for a good reason. A lot of people have been scammed with buying courses and then coming to realize that the content isn’t all that good or that they were over promised and under delivered.
Do not be that guy. No one likes that guy.
Create a course only and only if you are truly an expert in something and can truly provide extremely valuable guidance to your students. Only then can you actually create a solid business by teaching. If you try cut corners, the market will cut your corners.
That being said, you can put the course on your own website and totally own the audience or you can put your course on a platform such as Udemy. You get access to their audience, however, they will obviously take a cut from your pay.
So if you’re looking to keep all of the money and are confident in your marketing skills, create your own website. If not, try going down the route of putting your course on a platform like Udemy.
If you know how to code, this one’s for you. Even if you don’t know how to code, you can prove a target audience and a specific need and find a developer friend to team up with.
Now, there are a lot of apps that get developed each and every day. The only problem with them all is that they usually get created with no market research done about what the target audience likes and needs. If you can do this, you can stand out and create helpful apps that people actually need.
Create a few apps like this that address a real need in the market and you will unlock many methods of monetization and making money.
A couple of really good books to read for creating apps are ‘Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth’ and ‘Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success’. Read these and you’ll have a massive leg up on basically 95% of developers out there.
Know how to build an audience using social media? You can sell your social media marketing services to businesses.
Assuming that you truly are good at social media marketing, you can create content-based ad campaigns that target the businesses that can use your services. Provide them massive value and help them solve their problems. This will help you build trust and rapport with them. You can then sell your social media marketing services to them.
Just how you were able to get these companies as leads into your marketing funnels, you can tell them that you can do the same for them.
It’s not very hard to learn about social media marketing either. There are many YouTube channels out and there Google results that can teach you just about anything about social media marketing.
If you are the artistic type, then Etsy is the marketplace for you to create your business on. Etsy is a marketplace for the creative types to sell their products to the world.
So if you are good at creating special unique pieces of art, you can go on Etsy and sell them. If you have a large loyal audience that loves you as an artist, then you can sell just about anything that you put out, so creating a YouTube channel or an Instagram page that not only showcases your work but also your personality can help.
Take note however that Etsy does take a cut from your revenue, so if you are starting to make a lot of money on Etsy and the fees are getting out of hand, you can look to move your business off of Etsy and onto your own website.
Yes, the internet is watching more videos, however, that doesn’t dismiss the value that blogs provide and how much traffic quality blogs are getting.
If you can provide a lot of value by creating content that teaches or entertains the target audience, you can successfully grow a blog into a large online business.
Before starting a blog, I would first get extremely clear about who your target audience is. What are their fears and desires? What does a typical day look like for them? Do they even read blog posts in the first place? By getting clear about your target audience, you are more able to write compelling content for them.
Then I would make sure to SEO optimize your posts. Make sure that the keywords you are targeting are getting monthly searches. Make sure to have the keywords in your titles and page descriptions. Over time, your SEO efforts will pay off and you will start to get a lot of free traffic from Google searches.
Since you will have built up an audience, you can sell their attention to sponsors, you can sell affiliate products, you can create your own products for them. Many ways to make money when you have an audience built up.
Are you amazing at writing and always had a dream to become an author? Publishing an e-book on Amazon’s KindleStore is the option for you.
You can sit at home all day and crank out a high quality e-book that provides value to the reader. You can talk about anything would like. Just make sure to do your research beforehand to verify that there is a market.
Obviously Amazon will take a cut from your pay because you are using their platform to sell your e-book, however, you don’t have to go through the hassle of a publisher and then publishing fees and much more. This way, you can also prove if the content in your book is good and grabs attention before you decide to make a physical copy of it.
Now, you’re probably wondering that it must be extremely hard to write a book. I have to say, that’s just not the case. If you set aside just two 30-minute blocks where you just write and come up with ideas and outlines, you can have an entire book written within a month.
That time was going to pass anyways, you might as well have written an e-book and made money selling your knowledge, experience and wisdom.
Ever wanted to be a YouTuber and just make videos from the comfort of your home? Then what are you waiting for? Start that YouTube channel!
Now, you’re probably like, “But I need a super good camera and good lighting”. Let me be the first to tell you that you don’t need any of that to get started on your YouTube channel and start growing it. Many of the biggest YouTubers of today didn’t have the fancy equipment when they started.
They were just really good in front of the camera and they created compelling content. That’s what’s important. You need to be able to create content so good that it captivates your audience.
Now, that sounds like a daunting task, but it’s really not. If you really take out the time to define your target audience, you can create content that speaks volumes to them.
Also, half of the battle with YouTube is just consistency. If you cannot be consistent with your efforts, I would not recommend YouTube.
Copywriting is essentially the art of knowing which words to use and in which order to make people take a certain action. If you can master this skill, there are a lot of businesses, both digital and offline, that can use your help in optimizing which words they use to drive sales.
For example, one principle in copywriting is to keep the focus on the reader or the customer. Never shift the focus over to yourself. By keeping the focus on them, you are constantly fulfilling their question of “what’s in it for me”.
However, if you went on businesses websites and print ads, you’ll see that their headlines are all about how great they are or how they’re the fastest in town. It’s not about the customer. All of these businesses can use your help.
Just as in the Instagram business model, you can start off by doing something simple and telling them you can analyze all of the major headlines on their website and generate a report for them for free. This will build trust and you can then later sell them on a cheap package that is still low-risk and slowly ramp up from there as the trust builds.
Additionally, if you have the skill of copywriting, you can combine this with starting your own blog and create blog posts with extremely compelling content using the things you learned in copywriting and build an audience.
Would you like to own real estate? What if I told you that the real estate is digital though? I’m essentially just talking about website domain names.
Domain names are like digital real estate. For example, just as the house that you are in can never be duplicated in the exact same location, domain names cannot be duplicated.
So that makes some domain names much more valuable than others. For example, if you have important keywords in your domain name or if there’s a big brand and business behind the domain name.
If you find a domain name with premium keywords in it and it’s on sale for cheap, you can buy it, hold it, and then sell it to someone else for more.
You can even purchase a good $10 domain, put a beautiful website on it, create a blog, get some traffic going and then sell the brand. In this case, you’re increasing the value of the domain through other ways than just keywords.
Got a sexy voice? Don’t want to create videos but don’t really want to write either? Creating a podcast might be for you.
Now, there are multiple ways to make money from a podcast, however, before that, it’s very important that you build an audience of listeners who are in love with your content.
So it’s very important, just like starting a blog or a YouTube channel, to define your target audience, what it is that you’re going to help them with, and how you’re going to achieve that. Once you are clear on that, coming up with relevant topics can become easy.
After you’ve built your audience, you can make money by creating episodes about company’s products and charging them a fee for the episode. You can sell your own products to them. You can do affiliate deals. Many ways.
Your job is to create a podcast that gives value to your target audience.
If you’ve been following GaryVee, he’s big on this one. You can go on Cragislist, find things that are extremely cheap, or even free, and then go and flip them on eBay.
You might have to get out there and talk to people, however, it’s nowhere as bad as cold selling.
Make sure to do your research and check the prices beforehand. Just because you think something is cheap, the marketplace may not agree and you should always double check if you’re going to make money from the flip.
Also, if you are able to repair things, you can buy broken things from both Craigslist and eBay, fix them, and then sell them back on eBay.
SaaS stands for Software-as-a-Service. If you know how to develop software, this might be the option for you.
There will always be a problem out there that software can help solve. Your job is to go find an underserved problem, analyze what existing solutions are out there and how you can make things better. Making the software is the easy part, figuring out which software to make is the harder part.
So if you’re good at researching niches and figuring out which problems are getting the right attention, you can create a software to solve that problem. If you don’t know how to code, you can always present your market research to a developer and create a strategic partnership.
Are you amazing at creating high quality content? Businesses can use your help.
By having high quality content on your website, you are much more likely to drive traffic to your website and so businesses are always looking to create high quality content to put on their website. They can do this by hiring freelancers or allowing for guest posting.
If you are truly amazing at creating some form of content, then you can sell these services to business. For example, if you are really good at creating engaging videos for business events, you can sell your video curation services. Same thing goes for writers.
As an introvert myself, I can tell you that there is hope for you to launch a successful business. I’ve launched a couple online businesses that have done well and I’ve been able to sell through the internet.
If I can do it, you can do it. And I mean that.
So here are the 16 ways real quick:
If you’d like to talk and discuss about a business idea, feel free to contact me. It’s free, no sales pitches, I legitimately just enjoy talking about these kinds of things (or else I wouldn’t have written this hehe).
It’s @sunnychopper on pretty much every social media platform out there, even Xbox Live.
Hope this helps you stir up some ideas. As always, choppa’ out.
Written by Sunny on Dec 16 2018