You might think that working from home is designed only for those who like to work alone. After all, being alone most of the time and working independently with minimal interactions with colleagues can seem like an introvert’s dream work environment. Similarly, those who have more outgoing personalities might cringe thinking about having a remote job.
Interestingly enough, though, both introverts and extroverts alike can benefit—and thrive!—working remotely. Since there is such a wide range of telecommuting jobs, anyone can happily have a remote job that caters to their individual work style without compromising their personal preference.
But how can you tell if you’re an introvert or an extrovert? Deep down, you probably already know which one you are. If you’re an introvert, you probably like to be around people—but only for a certain amount of time. To feel centered, focused and productive, introverts might need to take time for themselves to regroup and clear their minds in order to restore their energy levels.
On the flip side, extroverts thrive on socializing with people—and often times, like being the center of attention, too. They feel more energized and happy being with others, and being alone for too long can make them feel unbalanced and unhappy.
That doesn’t mean, though, that extroverts can’t benefit from work flexibility and the opportunity to work from home. Because no matter what your personality type is, everyone, at some point or another during his or her career, will need a flexible schedule. It could be that you need to take care of your children or a sick or aging relative. Or maybe you need a flex schedule so you can take college classes at night. Simply put, work flexibility is for everyone, introverts as well as extroverts.
So what types of jobs would suit introverts and which ones would be best for extroverts? Here are just some of the jobs that could work for you—literally—no matter what your personality type. Introverts may especially excel at a career in: writing and editing, computer and IT, accounting and finance, or research and development. Whereas extroverts may prefer working in: event planning, theater, customer service, project management, sales, or travel and hospitality—all of which can be done with flexibility.
Working from home is a win/win for any worker. So before applying for a remote job, assess what type of personality you have, and therefore what type of job would make the most sense for you. That way, you will feel fulfilled both in your career—and your life.