I’ve been an introvert for as long as I can remember, even back to the playground when I had trouble getting to know the newer kids who seemed way cooler than me. Even though I’m gotten a lot better at introducing myself to new people, I still have a level of shyness and independence that will probably follow me for the rest of my life. Instead of thinking of being an introvert is a bad thing, I choose to focus on it as a good thing with many benefits. Even though I’m usually never the life of the party, I do know that I bring a lot to people when it comes to being a great friend, partner, or consultant for my clients.
Here are some of the reasons why I think introverts make great business owners:
They Think Things Through
One aspect of being an introvert is thinking about what I’m going to say before I say it, a trait which also carries into the projects I do. Because I’m a lot more methodical in my everyday life, I found that it makes a lot more organized and prepared when it comes to running my business, or I often have 5 to 10 clients and their separate projects, all running at the same time.
Being able to have those regular moments of self-reflection makes me a much better communicator and a person that is a lot more on top of everything that I’m trying to do it once.
They Forge Genuine Relationships
Another thing I’ve also found that comes from being an introvert is picking and choosing my friends wisely. Because it’s hard for me to talk to just anyone, I often find myself gravitating towards people that I talked to before. This habit allows me to create substantial relationships with the people that are in my life. Because I’ve chosen to concentrate on a few specific people instead of trying to get to know everyone, I have clients that I’m with for a longer period of time, as well as business colleagues, mentors, and even friends that I will have long-lasting relationships with.
They Double Check Everything
This isn’t the case for every introvert, but I have found that being naturally shy also leads me to have the tendency to have a bit of anxiety. While this is generally not considered a good thing, I’d like to think that my anxiety allows me to have less mistakes in my client projects, as well as in marketing and content for my own websites.
Because I like knowing what’s next, I usually a more methodical about my work and make sure I am checking for errors and meeting deadlines whenever I say I will. This behavior allows me to have fewer revisions with client and in my own blog posts.
They Are Open to Various Forms of Communication
My husband, a definite extrovert, really hates it that I am averse to talking on the phone. While there are some conversations that should always be had given of them, one benefit that I found from being an introvert is that I’m actually more inclined to gravitate towards other forms of communication, such as email or instant messaging through a service like Google Hangouts.
For many people, email or chat is preferable to phone conversations or even in person meetings, which often take a lot more time and effort. I found that as an introvert I also naturally focus on multitasking, which can be effective when it comes to working on a client project and talking to them through email or instant messaging at the same time.