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    internet-1028794_640Who wants to deal with the hustle and bustle of a 9 to 5? Waking up at the crack of dawn, rushing to your morning commute, bumping into a bunch of strangers along the way, and drowning in client meetings for 8 hours. Doesn’t sound like too much fun, does it? The internet has become home to many introverted entrepreneurs. These are people who want to make a change and earn a handsome living; all while in the comfort of their own domain.

    Here are a few benefits the digital world offers to those of us who prefer the quiet indoors.

    In the digital world, you can do things on your own time.

    You can pre-record webinars. You can write your email ascension series weeks prior to a launch. Although you may be working with your own personal deadlines, the online world doesn’t operate on a stop watch. Work at your own pace. Develop content as you please. Keep in mind, the best digital players understand the importance of consistent content creation, but that doesn’t mean they can’t record a video or design an infographic at 11:30 on a Friday night in their pajamas.

    When it comes to virtual meetings, you have options.

    You can video chat on Skype. You can hop into a Google Hangout. You can dial in to a free conference call. You can simply stick to email. If you’re looking for something a bit less face to face, you can work with your team in a shared Google doc. The virtual world caters to your social skills; or lack thereof. This allows you to work within your comfort zone, and therefore; produce high quality deliverables. When introverted entrepreneurs are forced to work in an extroverted environment, it can damage their creativity and production.

    You can be anyone you want to be.

    No, I’m not telling you to go all “Craigslist killer.” I’m also not suggesting you catfish, or mislead your target audience. Instead, the digital world offers you a place to start fresh. It’s like having a clean slate. Take advantage of this opportunity, and brand yourself correctly. For the most part, you can easily control your digital reputation; and even reinvent yourself at the drop of a hat.

    The freedom of the internet has helped many internet mavens work from home, set their own schedules, and ultimately; be the most productive.

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    Kristen Vanstrom is a personal branding coach and the founder of 21 Day Marketer. Her entrepreneurial journey started in 2013, when she founded and sold an online burlesque clothing store.

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