There is no shortage of evidence that introverts can be successful entrepreneurs. Did you know there’s an entire history of introverts who have done just that, including ten former U.S. Presidents? (Source) As introverts, we don’t need to feel flawed because we’re in good company.
One such person is Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Ms. Cain has enjoyed outstanding success in her own right as an introvert and believes introverts are poised for great success as business owners and more. We need to learn how to make our mark in the world by being thriving introverts as successful entrepreneurs.
Here are ten ways introverts can succeed as entrepreneurs.
1. Learn to network on your own terms.
Networking is a constant struggle for introverts. Unfortunately, when you own your own business, it’s necessary to make connections to build your business. The good news is you can find ways to network that work for you. Some people prefer to network through social media, Facebook groups, forums, or small groups and organizations. Being in a community of like-minded people helps us not feel so out of place.
2. Find amazing mentors and work with them.
Being an entrepreneur is stressful. But being an introvert and entrepreneur can be even more so. There are many hats to wear. Working with a mentor gives you access to advice and guidance from someone who has been there and done that, but it also offers you an opportunity to interact one-on-one, which is where you often shine.
3. Delegate when necessary.
Once you reach a point where you bring on assistants to help you, don’t hesitate to delegate tasks that pull you away from the focus of growing your business and cultivating critical relationships with prospects, clients, and influencers.
4. Schedule opportunities to recharge.
As an introvert, your sensitive energy system needs time away from others. It isn’t merely a matter of resting. It’s about protecting and recharging your energy, which can only happen away from the noise and chaos of interacting with so many other people. Time for solitude is an absolute must. Introverts need more time alone than the average person, so don’t feel guilty about taking care of your needs with extra alone time.
5. Don’t try to change who you are. Work to your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses.
So many introverts allow others (mainly extroverts) to convince them it is necessary to change to be a successful entrepreneur. The truth is that the traits essential to your nature as an introvert can be vital to your success in business. You don’t need to change to achieve success; find a way to make your brand of impact in a noisy world. For instance, if being visible on video feels uncomfortable, write articles and blogs.
6. Choose a business that works for you.
One of the biggest gifts you can give yourself as an introverted entrepreneur is a career path that plays to your strengths rather than firmly planting you outside your comfort zone. Many businesses are ideal for people who are introverted by nature. SmallBizTrends offers an impressive list that includes a few careers you might find appealing, such as
- Dog walking, grooming, etc.
- Affiliate Marketer
- eBook Author
- Resume Writer
- Creating apps
- SEO Consultant
- Translating services
- Virtual assistant
- Social Media Consultant
- Web Designer
- Online Course Creator
- Etsy Seller
- Massage Therapist
- Visual artist (pottery, painting, sculpting, etc.)
As you can see, there are plenty of career choices that allow you to start your own business and grow it without stepping too far outside of your natural tendencies as an introvert.
7. Don’t decide too soon.
Introverts would do best to avoid making rash decisions. This is something most introverts know instinctively. However, you could be pushed or prodded into doing something for your business that you haven’t thought through yet if you aren’t careful. Don’t let that happen to you. Take your time and contemplate the impact of your choices when making commitments and decisions.
8. Surround yourself with the right people.
Listen to your gut and surround yourself with people you can trust. Expand your awareness by surrounding yourself with people who have different skill sets and characteristics than you. This allows you to get different perspectives and is essential to areas where you have less experience or knowledge. It can be one of the most critical business decisions you’ll make.
9. Master the fine art of building relationships.
As an entrepreneur, building relationships is essential. This means building relationships with potential clients and buyers of your products. Build relationships with the people who can help you grow your business. This takes effort for introverts, who tend to keep their tribes small, but the rewards are definitely worth it for your business. By creating quality relationships, you’ll create opportunities to grow your tribe in the process.
10. Adapt when necessary.
Adapt and pivot. These are two of the most critical skills you’ll ever learn. Introverts do not excel at the traditional methods of growing a business, which means you must adapt your business model to account for that and seek new ways to grow. The faster you begin incorporating new ideas for growth, the sooner you’ll be able to reap the rewards of doing so.
You, my introspective friend, can be a successful entrepreneur even if you are a dedicated introvert.
These ten ways will support you in your business. Plus, remember that your natural tendencies for thoughtful discourse, mindfulness, and careful listening will be your most significant assets.
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Hello, I’m Patti! I’m a Christian Life & Money Coach, Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach, Health Coach, writer, and former retirement planner. I’m also an award-winning co-author of She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith (Redemption Press), and prayer warrior, serving on the prayer team at my local church.
My mission is to provide inspiration, coaching, tools, and resources to help you claim all the goodness and abundance God has for you.