For some people, social anxiety is a foreign term and probably doesn’t mean a whole lot.
However, for others among us, social anxiety can range from being mildly uncomfortable to being almost paralyzing in severity.
The thing is, many people think it is easy to get around social anxiety just by having a bit of willpower, but it doesn’t actually work like that.
Finding the best jobs for social anxiety suffers can seem difficult, but there are solutions out there.
I know so many people who struggle with social anxiety who keep going to a ‘normal’ job and think of their job as a form of torture.
Social anxiety is a serious problem, and it isn’t something that people can simply ‘get over’.
Realistically, the best approach for social anxiety is to look for a job that does not involve much (or any) social interaction and gives the individual complete control over the social interactions that they do have.
This is what is so fantastic about the online environment – because you really can do just that.
Social Anxiety and the Working Environment
Most jobs, particularly those in retail, require you to interact with people on a regular basis, including customers and other staff members.
If you have any issues in dealing with other people this can be exceptionally challenging and very stressful.
It’s easy to assume that social anxiety is like being shy, but it isn’t that way at all.
For many people with social anxiety, the prospect of going to work is so emotionally challenging that it can cause physical symptoms.
In fact, just the concept of a social situation can cause a person to fret for days, making them feel sick and scared.
Now many people with social anxiety are able to keep it somewhat hidden and actually engage in social situations, but it is difficult.
The work environment makes this more difficult still because there is so much additional stress about working and being there for specific hours in the day.
There is little worse than being awake at 3 am when you start work at 5 am and absolutely terrified about the prospect of going.
As you can imagine, this leads to a decline in performance at work, and people often find it almost impossible to even turn up.
Many people do find that they are able to keep social anxiety hidden by forcing themselves to ignore it.
Often this involves a person doing what they are supposed to do regardless of how they feel emotionally.
The problem is that this is an approach that doesn’t work for everyone in the long-term, and sooner or later the challenges of the real world and the work environment make social anxiety almost unbearable.
This means that social anxiety can lead to a complete collapse where it is basically impossible for the person to maintain their job or many other social aspects of their life.
This can be even worse for people who have social anxiety combined with other problems, such as depression.
It doesn’t get to this point with everyone, but the working environment remains challenging for most people who suffer from social anxiety.
It often seems unfair that earning a living involves repeatedly going through tasks and environments that are intensely challenging, and it’s easy to feel that there is no good solution to the problem.
The Modern Economy
For people with social anxiety, finding and maintaining a job can be very difficult.
In fact, this is true for people who struggle in other ways too, such as those with depression or simply aren’t very good around people.
The thing is, the modern economy isn’t particularly good, and even normal people struggle to get jobs.
How much hope is there for people who find it difficult to be around others?
After all, jobs are social experiences and employers tend to prefer employees who are happy, friendly and able to build relationships well.
There are some jobs out there where you don’t really have to interact with people often, such as jobs like a truck driver where you are relatively isolated.
However, even then, you don’t have much control over when you interact with people, which can be challenging.
The truth is that many people with social anxiety will not be able to get a job or will find the job they hold depressing, unbearable and stressful.
This isn’t any way to live.
The Best Jobs for Social Anxiety are Online
Everything is online these days.
Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it is true that the online environment has been growing rapidly and there are many more things online than there ever were before.
In fact, many businesses are moving part or all of their operations online, simply because there are so many consumers who shop for things online, rather than going to physical stores.
This creates a lot of opportunities, and already there are a large number of people who have started to make money online.
For some of them, this has replaced their full-time job.
With the way the economy currently is, the ability to make money online is fantastic and it is the answer that many people are looking for.
The online environment can be particularly important for people who struggle with social anxiety because the amount of social contact is much lower than in a normal job.
Personally, this is what I love about working online. I get to choose who I interact with and when.
Additionally, any interaction that I do have is via email or type chat. Unlike a regular job, when you work online, you aren’t really expected to communicate in any other way.
For example, there are a number of contacts that I communicate with regularly and we often go to one another for inspiration or advice about our businesses.
However, I have not talked to any of them verbally and I don’t even know what most of them look like.
It’s very common for people to have business relationships that span years without them ever knowing each other’s real names or even genders.
After all, there simply isn’t the need – not like there is in a physical business.
For people who struggle socially, this is amazing freedom.
Another advantage of working online is that you can set your own hours.
This can be fantastic if you struggle to get up before noon, or if you work best late at night.
However, it does come at a price, because you have to have enough discipline to make sure you do work and put in the amount of time that you need to.
Personally, I think that this is a small price to pay for freedom, and it is certainly something you get better at over time.
Ways of Earning Money Online
Realistically, there are a lot of different ways of earning money online.
The first thing to understand is that online business is like working a normal job in that significant effort is still required.
You cannot earn money online simply by pushing a button or using a program.
If you could, everyone would be doing it.
Personally, the approach to earning money online that I favor most strongly is internet marketing, which is what this website is focused on.
Internet marketing is basically the process of promoting products and services online and earning money this way.
I also focus on a specific form of internet marketing, called affiliate marketing, where you promote the products of other people and earn a commission when anyone buys them.
This is a particularly effective way of making money online because the start-up costs are low and this is an approach that can be grown into a highly profitable business.
I think that this is an approach that is particularly relevant for people who suffer from social anxiety, because you don’t have to worry about interacting with people regularly, and you have no boss to worry about.
Probably the biggest disadvantage of this approach is that it takes time to earn money.
How long it takes depends on how fast you learn and work, as well as how much you have on at the same time.
For people who need money faster, there are other approaches, but they do tend to require a significant amount of work, especially at first.
One that is effective is freelancing, where people rent out their skills to perform jobs for others.
With freelancing, the amount of income you earn is typically low at first, and it can often be stressful as you are subject to the demands of other people.
Additionally, freelancing is only really a valid option if you have a marketable skill. The more uncommon this skill is, the more you can earn through freelancing.
For example, I know someone who specializes in academic and professional writing and is very good at researching just about anything.
Because of this, she is in high demand and can pretty much pick her own rates and choose what jobs she takes and what ones she does not.
The main advantage of freelancing is that you can earn money pretty much immediately, even though it won’t be much at first. This can make it an effective approach.
Any interaction with people will still tend to be online only, but when you freelance, you do have to deal directly with clients, which can be challenging, particularly for people with social anxiety.
Personally, I think freelancing is more challenging and requires constant effort.
While it might be the solution for some people, it certainly isn’t for me, and I don’t think it is a good option for people with social anxiety unless they have no other option.
The Online Environment – A Sea of Scams
I am an internet marketer and this is something that I love doing.
However, the internet marketing industry as a whole is something that I find concerning.
The problem is that many internet marketers are scam artists.
How many products have you seen online that offer quick and easy ways to make money?
There are many different approaches to this. Some products offer training, others offer a piece of software, and many don’t tell you what they offer at all until you actually purchase.
In reality, 90% or more of the internet marketing products online are scams.
Most of them will claim amazing results that simply aren’t realistic and they can be very convincing.
If you plan on buying any internet marketing product, I would suggest being very careful, and pay close attention to the reviews of the product – particularly the bad ones.
Also, bear in mind that it can be challenging to find an honest review of a product because many reviewers will earn a commission by getting you to buy the product.
Ideally, you should look for reviews that try to be balanced and consider both the positive and negative aspects of the product.
Where to Start
It is possible to start off in internet marketing on your own, simply by using information online and reading blogs like this one, which discuss the field in detail.
However, it can be very beneficial to have a community of people to interact with and get advice from, particularly as internet marketing recommendations online often contradict one another.
I personally got all of my internet marketing training from an online business community known as Wealthy Affiliate and I still go back to the community regularly for advice and support.
This community provided me with a lot of information and direction, and there was always someone around to answer any questions that I had or to give me feedback on what I was doing.
The community offers a lot of up-to-date training and most of the training is very easy to follow.
Additionally, even though the site is community-based, the amount you interact with others is entirely up to you.
Personally, I tend to read and not interact much, but there are others who are very vocal and enjoy the community element.
Even if you aren’t sure, getting started in Wealthy Affiliate is very easy, and there is a free variant of the site that serves as a fantastic introduction.