Understanding who you are is one of the best ways to figure out where you belong in the world. Your natural tendencies could help form the foundation for a successful life, starting with your job. Knowing whether you are introverted or extroverted can let you play to your strengths.
While this is an oversimplification, introverted people feel energized after time alone while extroverts are more animated after spending time with other people — and that makes a significant difference in the types of careers that work for them. For instance, extroverts are more likely to be leaders and salespeople, jobs that involve working with others, and that can set them up for a larger paycheck.
Quantifying the Difference
According to Business Insider, extroverts make almost $55,000 per year on average while introverts earn less than $45,000. Some extroverts — those that score as ENTJ or ESTJ on the Myers & Briggs personality test — earn even more. Business Insider reports that they bring in $76,000 to $77,000 per year. In contrast, the lowest paid introverts, ISPs, have average salaries of just $32,000 per year — that’s less than half. Part of the money differences between introverts and extroverts is because of the careers they choose, but there could be another reason. Extroverts also have different opportunities.
Side Jobs for Extroverts
Extroverts are naturally sociable, and that makes them well-suited to a variety of well-paying side jobs.
Instructor, Tutor: Whether you practice yoga or spend every Saturday paddling in your kayak, being an instructor is an excellent way to be around people and get paid for it. Tutoring is another option. Either way, you get to do or teach what you love.
If you decide to become a tutor, you can also choose your hours and how much or little you work. It’s important to note that becoming a tutor does not necessarily require formal qualifications, but you should possess the necessary knowledge and skills to teach your subject effectively.
Casino Dealer, Bartender, Barista: Extroverts should also consider becoming a casino dealer, bartender, or barista. Each of these positions involves keeping track or orders or bets while maintaining a friendly and sociable personality.
Brand Ambassador, Promoter: Do you love social media? Do you like attending events? Consider becoming a brand ambassador or promoter. You will spend your time helping brands, clubs, and restaurants get the word out about what they offer.
People often overlook opportunities to make money that are right in front of them. For extroverted people who are looking to boost their income, direct selling is a good opportunity. You can set your own schedule and work whenever you want, so managing other work or family obligations is not a problem. Amway is a good option if you’re interested in selling home, health or beauty products. Google Amway to see how it works, or search for the company’s YouTube channel to find product reviews and more.
Hope for Introverts
If you are shy, all is not lost. Whether you are introverted or extroverted depends on your nature as well as the tendencies you have nurtured over the years, but that doesn’t mean anything is set in stone. You can actively cultivate your extroverted side. Taking a class or trying something unfamiliar could be a good step in the right direction.
Extroverts tend to make more money than introverts. Part of this is because of the careers they choose, but extroverts also benefit from having additional opportunities. There are lots of side jobs that need an outgoing personality. Some of these, like direct selling, could help introverts who want to develop their extroverted sides because these established companies often offer sales training. Good luck!