Are you an extrovert? Do you get bored and frustrated without a chance to interact with new people on a daily basis? If so, it's possible you've always seen going to your day job as an important social outlet. You probably enjoy the chance to meet up with your friends, and chat with them about the things going on in their lives, as well as meeting new people.
Some extroverted folks have little interest in all the great online work opportunities available because they worry about the endless isolation that such jobs could lead to. They imagine a future of being stuck in their houses with nothing but four walls and their own selves for company, and they're sure that such a bleak existence will eventually drive them utterly mad.
If you've had any of the fears or concerns mentioned above, I've got good news for you. There are plenty of great online and home-based jobs that still give you a wonderful chance to socialize with new people every single day.
Below we'll list a few of these jobs and give you a little information about each. And if you're actually an introvert and these options don't appeal to you at all, you'll want to check out list of work at home jobs for introverted people.
Tech Support Jobs
If you have some savvy when it comes to computer hardware, networking, mobile devices, or software, then you might be able to find work in the tech support industry.
This sort of work is usually phone based, but it can also involve a chat interface on a website. Working jobs like this involves constant interaction as you try to help people deal with their problems. You have to be quick on your feet, and you'll need a friendly personality to help soothe people who might not be in the best of moods, so your years of practice in all the important social skills as a natural born extrovert might really be an asset.
Phone Sales and Customer Service Jobs
Phone sales and customer service jobs are somewhat similar to the ones mentioned above in the sense that you'll be spending most of your day on the phone talking with people.
Sales jobs will involve either calling people to sell them things, or answering calls from customers interested in some particular product. You'll need lots of social skills to get good numbers on jobs like these – a friendly demeanor really matters, and there's all sorts of psychological theory that goes into selling products. These are jobs where skill can really help you stand out.
Customer service jobs are going to be slightly different in the sense that you'll often be dealing with people who've been having a tough time with something. These people really need a calm, soothing voice and reassurance, as well as getting some concrete help with their problems. You need empathy and good listening skills to thrive as a customer service professional, and extroverts tend to be great listeners.
For a good overview of jobs in both of these categories, take a look at the Phone Work section of our Work Directory. And you'll also want to keep an eye on our latest Job Leads, which are updated several times a week.
Drive And Earn
If you like the idea of getting out of the house and interacting with people in person, and you don't mind spending some time behind the wheel of a car, you might want to drive and earn through Uber, Uber Eats, or Lyft.
These opportunities may help you keep from feeling cooped up, and they're a perfect fit for those with an easygoing personal manner. Uber drivers in particular have all sorts of exciting stories about interesting social interactions they have with their passengers. They get to hear funny stories and meet cool people all the time.
If you have the right training background and good interpersonal skills, you might enjoy taking on a job as a virtual personal assistant. If you're an extrovert, your outgoing personality will make you especially good in a job like this. You'll need to pay attention to all your boss's needs without missing any details, and you'll need good interpersonal skills to maintain strong working relationships.
Some virtual assistants have a single client that they focus on, while others work with several at once.
If you're good with people and have a decent education background, you might want to take a job as a virtual tutor. Most of these positions involve helping high school and college age students with their homework, or giving them short tutoring sessions at specified times.
Some jobs require you to interact with the students through online chat, while others expect you to work by phone or through a video conferencing interface. Helping students requires patience and a perceptive mind. People with good social skills will have an easier time communicating difficult concepts, and helping students work through tough mental blocks.
Some of the best known companies that hire for this kind of work include Yup Tutoring, and Tutor.com. You can also do ESL (English Second Language) tutoring for VIPKid, a company that is continually on the lookout for new tutors to teach English to Chinese children.
All the sites listed above should be a natural fit for an extroverted worker with the right skills and interests. If you've had any personal experience with any of these jobs, or if you have any insights about online work for extroverts, add your comments below. We'd love to hear from you.