If you’re wondering if you can run a business as an introvert, I’m living proof you can.
In fact, I’m so introverted that I’ll avoid Skype videos, phone calls, and in-person meetings at all costs. I shut down if I’m in a social setting too long. I know this isn’t necessarily a good thing, but I also know that I don’t like to say yes to every single thing.
I’m ecstatic at the thought of staying at home and being with my puppies, reading a book, or playing a board game with my boyfriend and close friends. I’m that person.
I used to beat myself up for being an introvert, now I know it’s a personality trait that’s pretty dang beneficial.
Let’s get to it. Here’s a list of the benefits of being an introvert and how to excel in business as an introvert.
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Here are some well-known introverts:
- Bill Gates
- JK Rowling
- Steven Spielberg
- Warren Buffet
- Mark Zuckerberg
Benefits of being an introvert
- Introverts thrive in independence. We don’t need constant supervision and learn how to do things ourselves.
- Introverts tend to be better listeners. They’re taking mental notes when people talk, not constantly thinking about what they are going to say next.
- Introverts are all about meaningful relationships with a select few number of people, instead of having a million different friends and acquaintances.
5 tips to excel as an introvert in business
1. Focus on networking and developing meaningful relationships.
As an introvert in business, it can quickly become overwhelming when you’re at conferences, business meetups, and so on. This is why I recommend finding your tribe – you don’t need to network with hundreds of people.
Find your select few people that you really vibe with and make connections with them. You can create a private Facebook group with them and help each other’s businesses this way.
Quick conversations with 100 people aren’t nearly as meaningful as talking to 5 people that you’re developing a deep relationship with.
A friendship I made from networking led me to a major Forbes article that I was featured in, which lead to a lot of opportunities after.
2. Listen and take action.
Introverts are better listeners. Instead of jumping into a conversation, we’re more inclined to process the other person’s words. Since we do this, our response is carefully thought out.
This skill is particularly beneficial whether we’re at a conference, going through a course, or talking to a business friend. Listen, respond, and take action.
3. Introverts are empathetic.
As an introvert, we’re highly empathetic and thoughtful of others.
This is a skill, especially in the workplace as we’re often thinking of others needs and how to work better as a team.
4. Introverts are introspective.
Naturally, introverts are self-reflective and introspective. This means we’re thinking thoroughly about things and how to take our next course of action.
We think deeply about our decisions. When we make mistakes, we’re learning from our mistakes and thinking about how to do things differently next time.
5. We work better alone.
As noted earlier, we thrive in independence.
We can figure things out on our own and excel in environments where we are alone. This is especially beneficial for an entrepreneur who works at home alone.
Extra resources for introverts
- The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
- 24 Jobs For Introverts Where You Work Alone
I can’t publish this post without making it clear that being an introvert has its disadvantages.
Extroverts thrive in social settings which can help in the networking department and in careers where communication with other people is common (like a salesperson).
Though there are many benefits to being an extrovert, I don’t think any of us should try to be something we’re not.
Instead, be true to yourself and use your introverted traits to good use.
It’s mentally draining to try to be extroverted when you’re truly an introvert, and the last thing us introverts need is another thing to mentally drain us. 🙂
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