Are you an extrovert or an introvert?
I’ve always felt like I was somewhere in between.
I love people, I love forming deep relationships and connections with others and it always brightens my day when someone new reaches out to me to say something as simple as hello. But at the same time, I love the times where I could be left to my own imagination.
Everybody thinks that the world of business is dominated by fast paced, bold, opinionated extroverts ready to blast the world with their products, services and businesses.
To some degree that is true. But to be fair. I believe a large chunk of this misconception is actually due to our extroverted cousins being far more vocal about their happenings than us.
The Challenge That an Introverted Solopreneur Will Face
To be a solopreneur means to be a sales person.
You are always going to be selling your ideas (or even yourself!) to the public. But due to our natural inclination to be more reserved and private at times (even if you don’t mean to be!), some aspects of
For example, due to the fact that 1) introverts tend to gain energy from solitude and 2) even the most ‘extroverted’ of introverts tend to drain energy faster from socializing than their extroverted counterparts, it makes sense that the people-orientated aspect of successful
From networking with strangers in the industry, promoting yourself online, collaborating with other brands and constantly having to reply to blog comments, social media comments and replying to emails (yes, virtual socializing can sometimes drain out an introvert too!), the world of solopreneurship can become very overwhelming for the typical introvert.
But this doesn’t mean introverted solopreneurs can’t do well – or even better than their extroverted cousins!
It just means that we have to plan our business tactic a little differently.
How Can an Introverted Solopreneur Succeed?
#1 You Have to Work in Sync With Your Energy Needs
Plan out your day according to your personal needs.
If you can’t handle having a five hour back to back client interview session, then don’t!
Stagger out your ‘social’ sessions throughout the day and mix in a some ‘independent’ tasks between each session.
For example, go on social media and send/reply to comments first thing in the morning, then do a little independent blogging after morning tea, respond to all your emails and blog post comments after lunch then do your independent business/marketing work in the afternoon.
If you aren’t an extrovert, stop treating yourself like one.
It’ll only tire you out and you aren’t playing to your strengths!
#2 Play Up Your Strengths as an Introverted Solopreneur
I believe that the key to being the best and brightest version of yourself (because everyone is a shining fireball of uniqueness!) is to be aware of exactly what your gifts are.
It’s true that you can learn a lot from your mistakes, but
I’ve created a mini list of what I believe
- Patience. Seriously, introverts tend to be a lot more settled and okay with the idea that not everything has to see progress straight away. We don’t feel like we have to achieve absolutely everything there is out there immediately because we know all good things take time.
- Strong Creative Streak. Have you ever been told that you were always ‘in your head’? That’s a compliment bud! Honestly, I get super flattered every time someone says that to me because a healthy dose of imagination can actually help fuel your business in the most effective direction! Read more about why online entrepreneurs need creativity in their life here.
- Willingness to Put Other People in the Spotlight. I bet you five bucks that if you’re an introvert, you sometimes felt overshadowed by your extroverted friends, colleagues and family members growing up. The great thing about being introvert is that you usually have no problem with letting others take the lead sometimes (but be careful not to get completely bulldozed!). Because sometimes, the best results happen when you let others take the lead.
- Good With Independent Tasks. Even in the world of business, not every element of it requires a team effort or you having to socialize and reach out to others. Some parts of it needs independent work. Which means, the tasks that your extroverted counterparts find boring and taxing are actually what you find fun and exciting!
#3 Hey Introverted Solopreneur! Don’t Hold Yourself Back Before You Even Lift Off!
This is definitely the truest on the list.
Don’t tell yourself that you aren’t cut out for the world of blogging, freelancing or online solopreneurship before you’ve even truly begun.
Ever wondered why there seemed to be more extroverts in these industries than introverts?
Asides from the fact that they tend to be louder and more obvious, its also because they also tend to be more ready to ‘take the plunge’ compared to the usually more cautious introvert.
Don’t let your fear of being the ultimate BOSS online hold you back from fulfilling your potential with your solopreneurship journey.
Take the leap of faith, push past your initial failures (which you will definitely face!) and I guarantee you have the potential to achieve something amazing.
What quirky things do you do to keep yourself motivated as an introverted solopreneur? Drop me a comment in the box below you budding