I can just see you now… Googling like mad, trying to figure out where you belong as a quiet introvert. You have a deep desire to be your own boss, to do work you love and to show up for your business like a pro but just what type of business would be best suited to your quiet nature?

You’re either going to be disappointed or elated with my answer.

Any business.

Literally any business you like. Want to run an online business? Go for it! Want to open a restaurant? Excellent! Want to travel the world as a tour guide? Sounds awesome!

Sorry if you were expecting me to tell. you a specific business to start as a quiet introvert but the answer really is any business you want.

I know it may sound too good to be true but if you’re really serious about leading your own business as a quiet introvert, it is possible for you. You just need to consider a few things first!

1 – What will happen if you do or don’t?

I’m going to make an assumption that you probably already have a business idea that you’d love to start but that ‘quiet’ little voice in your mind keeps you overthinking and stalling. So, try asking yourself these 4 questions:

  • What will happen if I do this? (Hint: everything you will gain)
  • What won’t happen if I do this? (Hint: things will likely stay the same)
  • What will happen if I don’t do this? (Hint: think secondary gain?)
  • What won’t happen if I don’t do this? (Hint: will be there much change?)

Once you see what you have to gain and the positive changes you can make then you’ll be more inspired to start the business you really want to.

2 – What’s the worst that could happen?

When you consider the true meaning of ‘shy’, everyone is shy sometimes because all shyness is, is a fear of social judgement. The best-known cure for any fear is this: ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen? I mean the absolute worst. Write it out in specific detail. Once you’ve described the absolute worst-case scenario, come up with a step by step plan to work your way back. If you can come back from the absolute worst, that is highly unlikely to happen, then you can come back from anything!

3 – When would it be beneficial for you to be more extroverted?

Knowing when you need to be more extroverted e.g. in sales calls/face to face sales, in meetings, when giving feedback, having difficult conversations, etc will help you to be more prepared. You can conserve your energy in advance with some rest, mediation or any kind of quiet time. You can also prepare a loose script that you can refer to in these situations (side note: I’m not meaning that you should practice a robotic script, just that you have some pointers for yourself). Then develop a plan for being more extroverted when needed. My advice is to think of a specific time when you were/ are most extroverted. What is happening then? Where are you? What do you see? Who are you with? Are there any sounds that are important? How do you feel? Then, as much as possible, try to replicate that environment in the business situation where you need to be more extroverted.

4 – Business models with boundaries

As a quiet introvert in business, getting the right business model can be the biggest key to success. One-to-many business models like memberships and group programmes offer lots of room for down time in service-based businesses, but if you prefer to work one-to-one then having a high ticket profitable offer will work best. In bricks and mortar type businesses, having opening times that work around your need for quiet time or bringing others (staff or family) into the business will be helpful. However, if you’d prefer to avoid direct communication with people then a completely online model such as online retail might be best. These are just a very few examples and I’d suggest working with a coach or mentor to help you identify the best model both for your introverted preferences and your business goals.

5 – Build your circle

As an introverted business leader/ owner making time for reflection and recharging your batteries is essential and this often means having to bring others in so that you can get this time. This could be in terms of bringing in freelancers for things like marketing or customer service or hiring someone to help at home so that you don’t become bogged down and overwhelmed. If you can’t make time to recharge your batteries, then your creativity, your energy for clients and your ability to perform at your best all suffer.


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