10 Self-Employed Career Ideas, Based on Your Personality Type

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If you’re anything like me, you’re perceived as reflective and self-contained. Social gatherings and your daily life as an employee are probably sprinkled with questions like, “Why are you so quiet?” or “You’re a shy one, aren’t you?”As much as you’d like to contradict them, this often leads to a discussion about how you are and, probably, how you should change. So, best case scenario, you do your best to laugh it off in order to not drain yourself of the precious mental energy that keeps you going.

No, that’s not for you.


It’s the main reason why many introverts choose self-employment. It can be easier to handle, you have more time by yourself, and at the end of the day, you’re left with some energy and even eagerness to socialize with your loved ones—which is crucial.

If you don’t know your personality type, before going any further, read this article about all the introverted personality types and their distinctive qualities. Or, take a personality test, which will tell you a lot about yourself if you truly reflect upon each answer. (We recommend this free personality test from our partner Personality Hacker.)

As you may already know, there are eight types of introverts classified by the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The classifications are based on your dominant, auxiliary, tertiary, and inferior personality traits. These measure your intuition, sensing, thinking, and feeling as either introverted or extroverted and place them on a scale from dominant to inferior. In order to be classified as an introvert, your dominant function has to be at least 51 percent introverted.

I know “labeling” might sound weird; after all, combining eight notions to classify all the individuals on the planet in 16 groups seems simplistic and even impersonal. But you might be amazed at how much the characteristics of your type apply to you.

However, keep in mind that each and every one of us is different even when belonging to the same Myers-Briggs type; after all, even though our personality is partly inherited, it’s also largely shaped by our experiences and the people we came in contact with—and there’s beauty in that. So, if you’re trying to choose a career path or a college major, be aware that the following career suggestions are simply possibilities; it’s up to you to make the choice that’s right for you. Likewise, if you’re reading this and you’re, say, an ISFJ lawyer (which is not one of the career/type combinations listed below), more power to you.

Self-Employed Careers for Introverts

So, which self-employed careers might be a good fit for your personality type? Here are ten ideas:

1. Architect

Yes, I know being an architect involves communicating, but most introverts have no issues with staying on point and discussing facts. It’s the small talk that kills us. A successful architect is a good listener and a patient planner, so an intuitive introvert can perform extremely well (an “intuitive” is indicated by the “N” in the four-letter personality type abbreviation; a “sensor” is indicated by an “S”). The job also involves some creativity and artistic skills, which makes it an adequate self-employed choice for certain artistic introverts, too.

Ideal for: INTJ, ISTP, or INTP personalities


2. Financial Advisor or Accountant

As a freelance financial advisor, you get to minimize the socializing part of the job and focus on problem-solving. You get to use your logic, analytical skills, and people-oriented attitude that define many introverts without actually dealing with people that much. Working independently is a trait that most introverts have, so a self-employed job in finances can be a great career choice both for sensing introverts and for intuitive ones.

Ideal for: ISTJ, ISFJ, or INFJ personalities

3. Landscaper

A common desire among introverts is spending time in nature, taking in the fresh air, and enjoying the chirping of birds or the sound of wind. For me, hiking is the most refreshing activity I can think of. If you add some creativity and a bit of interest in numbers and machinery, you get a meticulous and dedicated freelance landscaper.

Ideal for: ISTP, ISFP, or INFP personalities

4. Programmer

Computers are easy to deal with. They’re predictable and rational creations that show no emotions or variation in their reactions. If you make a mistake, a simple pop-up will quietly let you know. An intuitive introvert will perform unexpectedly well if they are left alone with their computer to solve a problem or write a code if they have the right knowledge; and with all the free resources out there, there’s no reason to not try it out!

Ideal for: INTJ or INTP personalities

5. Web Designer

If you’re more on the sensing side but do love technology and computers, you should give web design some thought. Creativity is crucial for a web designer, and you have plenty of it. Another important thing is to truly listen and understand what the client wants, which you can also do well since thinking is your thing.

Ideal for: ISTJ or ISTP personalities




6. Writer

Many introverts express themselves best in writing: in school, you performed better on written tests and now, you prefer writing an e-mail instead of calling or talking face to face. If you feel like this applies to you and you have your grammar in order, you can become a writer. For those more on the artistic side, copywriting involves a lot of research and care when expressing an idea. Concepts and ideas should be your thing.

Ideal for: INFJ, ISFJ, ISFP, or INFP personalities

7. Technical writer

If you like to understand how things work, you can choose to become a technical writer. Describing technology and products by deconstructing their concept and explaining how they function can be extremely rewarding.

Ideal for: INTJ, ISFJ, INFJ, or INTP personalities

8. Photographer

Being a freelance photographer is not quite what movies make it seem. The most important qualities a photographer needs are artistic sense, patience, and technical skills. Being behind the spotlight is more than comfortable for an introvert, so this could be the job for you.

Ideal for: INFJ, INFP, or ISFP personalities

9. Lawyer

The career of a freelance lawyer definitely is challenging, but it pays off greatly. The job involves much less socializing than you’d think, and more studying and thinking. It requires continually learning and a certain attraction towards rules, so it fits some introvert profiles perfectly.

Ideal for: INTJ or INTP personalities

10. Psychologist

Psychology is all about listening, deconstructing, and listening some more. If you are a sensible person and tend to analyze people by their language or gestures, you should seriously think about getting into this discipline.

Ideal for: INFJ or INFP personalities

We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences–be they positive or negative–make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.

―B.J. Noblest  retina_favicon1

Read this: Why Intuitive Introverts Need Meaningful Work



    7 Comments

    • Highly sensitive people usually fall into 2 types of personality: INFJ and INFP. HSPs are also who are not able to bear high pressure job such as accountant jobs. Accountant job might can minimize the need of socializing but is not suitable for INFJs who are HSPs in respect of job pressure.

    • Jan says:

      You forgot massage therapist.

    • I agree with most of these according to my personality type. However, I strongly disagree with “Financial Advisor or Accountant” for an INFJ. Maybe that’s just me, but it seems too soulless and unfulfilling. The thought of doing it makes me shudder!

    • Aliza Sherwani says:

      I am an INTJ and I am persuing Architecture. I was actually expecting architect as an option in this article.😄

    • “after all, combining eight notions to classify all the individuals on the planet in 16 groups seems simplistic and even impersonal.”

      On the other hand, we classify fingerprints into fewer than 16 groups.

    • jennah2005 says:

      I am an INFJ and a bank teller. I’ll be honest and say I’m struggling. At time I like my job and my co workers/customers. Yet the pressure of the job is not good..

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