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Online Business for Introverts, Misanthropes, and "Shut Ins"???

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Overseer, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. Overseer

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    I have a question. If anyone would be cool enough to answer this, I'll appreciate it.

    As far as I know, you need to put yourself out there, be extroverted, and try to be a pseudo-celebrity in whatever niche you're in...and with whatever your website/business is about. You have to be social and create a brand for yourself. eg. Pat Flynn, Frank Kern, LeafyIsHere, Charles Ngo, AmazingAtheist, etc. etc. You can't be operating in the dark, anonymously, and behind the curtains.

    So for people that are introverted, agoraphobic, or misanthropic...they're pretty much screwed when it comes to online businesses and making money online. All of my knowledge and experience in this realm tells me you can't...or am I missing something?

    The reason I ask, apart from checking my preconceived notions, is that my brother is such a person. Like any good brother, I love him and I want to see him make a life for himself. So is there any online business models that he can utilize to sustain himself? Realistically? He doesn't need to make much, only about $35,000/year to get by with a minimalist lifestyle.

    I don't think so, because every business model that I know of, requires you to put your name and face out there and build a public image. It's not something you can do anonymously...with very few exceptions. But I'm hoping that I'm mistaken here.

    This really is for my brother, not me. I'm a "sucker" who works a job and I'm fine with that. My brother is probably going to be a "shut in" and I want to make sure that he can still get by without leeching off the state, or me. He's not mentally ill or anything, he's just a loner. I'm sure there are plenty of other loners around here too. So I figure this would be an appropriate place to ask and find out. Honest, realistic answers will be appreciated. Thanks.
     
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  2. bitofanoob

    bitofanoob Newbie

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    I know this probably isn't the advice you're looking for, but try and get him to face his fears.
    If he's not seeing a therapist already, he should. Also, depending on the severity of his fears enacting a regiment of beating your anxiety based on slowly exposing yourself to strangers more and more is a good method.
    This way he can have a successful business, AND not live in fear - 2 birds 1 stone.
     
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  4. Conor

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    You don't have to necessarily be the brand.

    Does his introvertism extend into sending emails and having an occasional phonecall? Because that's exactly how I operate and it works for me. I'm not a brand. I operate a regular company that happens to be Internet based.
     
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  5. Overseer

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    Been working on it for years now, buddy. I've definitely made progress with him, but I'm starting to think that it's part of his personality. I still help him however I can, and pushing his comfort zone is always something I try to encourage. So you're in agreement though, that there isn't any online business model for loners. He's gonna have to do something else, or change his personality? The kid is a great writer...but the average writer starves and I don't want that for him.

    Professional troll? He's actually good natured. But I guess that's a creative option...

    Yes, he's very introverted. Do you mind if I ask what industry your business is in? Or would you give examples of business models that an introvert like him could work with?
     
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    Let me preface this by saying I'm a severe introvert.

    I force myself to be sociable. I interact with people on this forum on a regular basis. I do volunteer work. I spend time with my friends out in public places 2-3 times a week. Once a week I make it a goal to just strike up a conversation with a random stranger.

    It gets easier the more I do it. I don't consider myself anything but an intorvert, and I never will be. But you can't really get anywhere in this world without interacting with people on some level, especially if you want to make some money.

    The way I run my business reflects my nature: while I am happy to help, I set clear rules and expectations for my clients. Yes, I have to market. Yes, I have to talk to people. No, I don't mind this at all.

    Am I famous? Rofl no.

    Did I put my face out there? Again, no.

    Do I use social media? Lmao nope.

    Does anyone care? Nope.

    You do not have to put your name and face out there to make money. You don't even have to be internet famous to make money. And no one cares what I look like and what my name is. They just want me to provide a service for them.
     
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  7. stalaggh

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    I like this thread because actually I'm very introverted, (some say anti-social) don't even have any social profiles and BS like that. But it's not true, you listed YouTubers that are making a living from showing movies about themselves/their opinions etc..
    You can start Micro Niche Blog with 0 interaction with people, just written content/reviews, you can start ecommerce site that doesn't require any "revealing" of youself. CPA offers are more difficult, but you can always pull some twists to avoid too much talking with people..
    If you dig enough you will find something for yourself.
     
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    If you build websites that earn through Adsense and/or affiliate sales, e.g. Amazon, you don't need to put yourself out there at all.
     
  9. uncutu

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    I'm behind the curtains and do well online. Most people I know online are the same.
    Almost all the methods I read here on bhw are 'behind the curtain' methods.
    Pushing traffic to cpa networks, adsense, amazon, clickbank, etc........all done behind the curtain.
    Tell your bro to take a look on this forum and start taking action on methods. You don't need be a 'psuedo-celebrity' for anything.
     
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  10. OldClock

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    On the contrary, I think that IM is ideal for introverted people. A regular job requires much more interpersonal contact.

    Why doesn't your brother just write using a pen name? Then he doesn't have to reveal to anyone who he actually is.
     
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    Web design. It's as simple as sending emails to potential clients and waiting for a response. No meetings or any uncomfortable interaction necessary.
     
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    Very good question. I have a similar personality. I don't really like to lie to people or market things. Also I don't really like to sell things to people, because it is most of the time wrong for me. Also I see most of the human beings as critical. Some people can be also very annoying, hateful or stupid or want to betray you constantly. That are things, which prevent myself to interact with them. It seems not really worth it. It is indeed possible to earn money without showing your face or interacting much with others. But I think it is still better - for the purpose of earning money - to interact directly with people. But I think most of the businesses are based on scamming by interacting with other people. That is something I don't really like to do. It is not my nature and I would feel bad, if I would do this constantly.

    What it makes it also quite difficult based on my experience are those big companies like google, facebook,... which control a whole lot of the internet, but also other big ones. The high competition, power discrepancy, complexity, non-transparency and dependencies from big companies (which can drop you anytime) are definitely a problem. If they don't like you, you will have no chance to earn money with them.

    In the end, we need to create a better world with useful work, which really helps people and not services which are basically a waste of time only for the purpose to make it more difficult for other people. In the big picture we make really really big mistakes as community. I hope this mindset will change in the future, so that we can actually go forward, be productive and cooperative.
     
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    I think IM kinda sprung from introverts who preferred the desocialized marketing aspects, that the Internet brings. There are tons of people out there who would be great at marketing, but lack the outgoing personality to be successful, but come to internet marketing and absolutely crush it.

    You can run entire campaigns without speaking or communicating with a single person aside from your AM.

    That's my draw to IM, I typically hate people and dealing with people, so now I can lay around in my house all day like an introvert vegetable and still accomplish something.
     
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    OP has split personality
     
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    I am definitely an introvert, I hate talking to people and being around people :-/ but I'm doing ok I think.
     
  16. Overseer

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    Mind if I ask what it is that you do? I'd like to see if there are any business models that he can run with. All the ones that I know of, can't be done without building a public image...and this forum appears to have a lot of loner-types, which is why I'm asking. Thanks.
     
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    no. There are literally thousands of methods and variations of methods on this site. Feel free to browse.
     
  18. uncutu

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    Few people will personally spill the beans on exactly what they do. Nobody wants more competition. Most methods are publicly shared on separate threads. Like he said, there are thousands of business models shared here, all of them fine for a loner.
    He gave you a good tip on what he does. Running campaigns. That's likely buying ads from a traffic network like Facebook and sends traffic to a cpa offer. Read the forum, you'll find it all out..there are no shortcuts to success here.
     
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    I'm personally not worried about competition in my niche, if you see my journey thread I'm involved with one of 3 of the only wholesaler/manufacturers in my niche, so I'm actually trying to find people to bump my keywords and products lol. Traffic is traffic for me. But before this gig, yes I was buying as traffic and pushing to a CPA.

    Reason I don't want to give methods in posts like this, is so people(especially new members) get used to doing their own research and actually learn a few things. Give a man a fish yada yada.
     
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    Good point. :) If you're spoon fed, you never learn. Most of IM is learning things on your own as you go.