There are a lot of assumptions about entrepreneurship. For example, people think that only extroverts could be entrepreneurs. A quiet reserved introvert is not something that comes to mind. Aren't entrepreneurs supposed to be gregarious and commanding- verbally adept and able to inspire employees, clients, and investors with the sheer force of their personality? No wonder the advice for introverts who want to be entrepreneurs has long been some form of: "Be more extroverted." However, introverts could actually make great entrepreneurs. Examples include Larry Page, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk. These are impressive names to drop as introverted entrepreneurs.
There are some drawbacks to being introverted especially in the corporate world, but introverts are also able to listen well and observe a situation a lot better than extroverts. Larry Page is a great example of listening skills and because of his ability to listen and process, he is able to innovate. Being an introvert might also affect the strategic choices of how to structure your business.
For starters, introverts are often very passionate about their ideas and creating something new. They aren't all about gaining power, and they don't crave glorification. By their nature, introverts tend to get passionate about one, two, or three things in their lives, and the service of their passion for an idea. This is why introverts could be more productive in business.
Entrepreneurial Ideas for Introverts:
Blogging gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts and expertise in writing without requiring you even to leave your couch.
Internet and software use continue to gain popularity. So, if you can develop those softwares, you can create your own and sell it. You can even offer your services to other businesses.
Web designs are always changing so if you are able to stay ahead of the curve, you are able to come up with innovative designs.
For highly creative and visual introverts, freelance graphic design can be a great way to make a living. With digital businesses on the rise, demand is higher than ever. You can also share your talents as a designer by creating graphics like logos or branding elements.
An introspective entrepreneur might favor a small business running out of a home office, but it is possible to fall into the trap of isolating yourself too much. And in order to grow as a person, one must always step out of his/ her comfort zone. Getting a private office in a coworking space might be a good idea for an introvert who is starting a business. You can work inside the comfort of quiet while still able to socialize with others who share the common space. Here at Treehouse Society, we have affordable private offices to choose from.
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