- Jun 14, 2018
My husband once asked me, “If you love socializing but work from home, how do you reconcile that?” He knows all too well how I love hanging out with my girlfriends and sisters, and that in general, extroverts like me thrive in the company of others. So yeah, how do I end up not going ballistic spending so many hours online, right here at home, without actual human interaction for most of the time?
If you’re the same, you’ve probably had to get yourself acclimatized to earning a living by not leaving the house too often. Well, I’m glad to report that there are ways to get to interact and “mingle” with other people - albeit online or virtually - which isn’t really all that bad. In fact, judging from the kind of interaction I see on this forum, it’s potentially an enjoyable and educational one, and can even be the stepping stone to forming deep bonding and friendship!
With that being said, here are some home-based jobs I would recommend to extroverted and sociable people. With heavy traffic, the rising cost of fuel, and the general inconvenience of commuting to and from a workplace, I believe extroverts will be getting the best of both worlds by doing these work-from-home jobs while still communicating with other people!
Consider customer service
The customer service industry was MADE for extroverted people. Who else but those who love socializing and know how to listen and give good advice can handle the kind of pressure of dealing with dozens of clients a day? Definitely not introverts! So if you have the kind of friendly, empathetic, and reassuring tone or voice plus the patience to listen to/read complaints and feedback from customers, consider becoming a customer service representative online.
You can do this either via a chat interface with no video, or one that lets customers see the representative via a chat window and actually hear your voice as you converse. Or, you can answer customer concerns via the old-fashioned way - the phone! To get you started, here’s a nice list of companies looking for customer service representatives who can work from home. Most are US-based, though some are also open to reps worldwide.
- Alchemic Dream
- American Express
- Answer First
- Capital One
- Direct Interactions
- Hilton Worldwide
- Home Shopping Network
- Land’s End
- Neiman Marcus
- Working Solutions
Perhaps there is no better way to interact online than to become a virtual tutor. There is a myriad of ways to teach someone online and get paid for it - from helping people with their homework and research, through to teaching them the nuances of another language, and just about anything teachable in-between!
The good news is, there are so many online teaching platforms you can try to do based on your experience and level of expertise! I know there is already an article in this forum that thoroughly discusses the dozens of resources you can use if you want to start being an online teacher. It just goes to show how in-demand the job is, and it’s especially attractive to extroverts who love a one-on-one interaction and the chance to impart some useful knowledge to others.
Do tech support
Again, if helping out others is your thing, then consider being a tech support agent to channel all that helpfulness. This entails knowledge in IT, mobile apps and devices, and mostly computer-related stuff. People will be asking you for technical know-how, so the key is providing them with the kind of information that they need, in a language they will understand.
So many companies now outsource their tech support to those who are willing to work from home, so you can do this either at a part-time or a full-time capacity. A simple Google search will lead you to dozens of job openings. The average pay for a tech support agent is $15 an hour, which is quite good. You would likely be required to work at the company’s peak hours, so you can work your daily schedule around that.
Go for interactive survey sites
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about survey sites that require video interaction, or conversing with either a chatbot or a real live moderator! These appeal to me very much indeed. Some of the interactive survey sites I’ve heard about so far are:
- Mindswarms (reviewed here) - though not quite interactive, this survey site gives you the chance to take video “selfies” instead of just the usual typing in or checking off boxes for survey questions. This self-recorded survey platform will definitely appeal to extroverts! Plus, the pay is good, too.
- Invoke Live (reviewed here) - using a web-based software from the company, you can participate in surveys via a live chat-room setup with other participants, plus a moderator from Invoke and the client who requires the kind of data you can provide on their products or services. The compensation promised is quite good, as well.
- PollPass (reviewed here) - there is a lot of interactive survey fun with this site courtesy of a friendly chatbot! You also won’t get screened out, unlike in other surveys! It’s also mobile-friendly, so you can do survey chats on the go.
I may be extroverted, but I do choose the kind of people I want to be around with on a daily basis. I chose to work from home because when I was working in an office, the people around me made the daily grind miserable and not something I looked forward to. So fast-forward to today, and I am happily ensconced in my warm and cozy home, doing home-based tasks which allow me to interact with people, anyway. If you feel the same way, then I guarantee the legitimacy of these tips!
Are you an extrovert who suddenly found yourself doing home-based tasks? How do you manage to fulfill your need to be sociable and be around people? Please share your experiences with us!