Where to Work When You Hate People

I have two jobs. This blog, and an 8-5 full-time position. My 8-5 is not perfect, it involves a cubicle and a more micro-management than I like, but as far as office jobs go – it’s not awful. I managed to land a job with a small company, with few coworkers, and they mostly share my disdain for humanity (though maybe not as intensely). It took me a long time to find a job that fit my needs, so I wanted to give you some pointers on where to work when you hate people.

Let’s face it, money makes the world go round. It’s a reality you can’t escape. If you want food on the table for yourself or your family, you need a job. An unfortunate side effect of jobs is other people. I honestly don’t mind working. Yes, I’d rather be on the beach sipping a daiquiri, but having a job keeps me in a healthy routine and keeps my mind stimulated.

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Self Employment

This is the big one, the ultimate goal for any misanthrope, and many introverts. Being self-employed means you have the freedom to choose if and when you need to be involved with other humans. You could start a blog, write a book, or create a product to sell. There are a ton of opportunities that never involve leaving your couch if you disciplined enough to start your own profitable business.

The problem with self-employment is that it takes time to see a profit. There are start-up costs to think about and distractions that can cause you major setbacks. During this start-up phase, if you are otherwise unemployed, you are also likely to be uninsured and broke. So my recommendation is that becoming self-employed should be your main goal. However, you should also find work with a steady paycheck until your business is up and running.

Remote Work

More and more companies are hiring remote workers. This comes with less freedom than self-employment, and in some cases, you are not entirely co-worker free. But if you can stay on top of the workload that’s assigned to you, you’ll need minimal supervision, and that means minimal interaction with your team. FlexJobs has a pretty extensive catalog of remote work to look at, but they charge a membership fee, so if you’re on a budget you can find remote work on most free job boards as well.


Similar to self-employment, but you’re ultimately still working on someone else’s deadlines. Freelancing is a great way to test the work at home waters because you can pick up work on your own schedule. Although if you are new to the freelancing market, and you’re not an expert in your field it can be difficult to know where to start. There are a lot of great resources online to help guide you, however.

A Local Library

If you’re looking for a more traditional position, check your local library’s careers page. The setting is usually quiet, and you’ll generally find that you don’t have to spend much time interacting with coworkers. Most library positions do involve some interaction with the general public, but you’ll be talking about books, and if you’re interested in library work this is probably a discussion you can get behind.

Become an Actuary

This option for where to work when you hate people is a very profitable one. It requires a bachelor’s degree and passing an Actuarial Exam. But if you’re willing to put in the work, the pay is outstanding. Actuaries also had one of the highest job satisfaction ratings out there. It does require a lot of working with numbers and calculations, but if that doesn’t turn you away, you should definitely look into this career path.

Information Technology or Software Development

Technology-focused jobs are a great option for where to work when you hate people. You spend most of your day working with computers, or office equipment, and this involves very little interaction with others. These jobs are also known for paying well, and they don’t require a tremendous amount of education to break into. Although you’re more likely to land the job with a degree if you can show off your skill without one you shouldn’t have much trouble.

These are all good options for where to work when you hate people, but they are certainly not the only ones. My best advice is to look at individual jobs in fields that you are interested in. You can find small companies with few coworkers in a ton of fields if you’re willing to do the leg work to find them.

Introverts and Misanthropes, are there any jobs you would add to this list? What fields have you been most comfortable working in? Let me know in the comments.

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48 thoughts on “Where to Work When You Hate People

  1. I’d love to be self employed, but I suppose the reality is that I am not organised enough, and not having a steady paycheck would cause me a lot of anxiety. That’s why freelancing around my current job is great! Also I don’t have a work phone in this job which has made huge difference to my happiness lol.

  2. This was a very interesting post! I work remotely and most of the time enjoy not having a coworker in a cubicle next to me, but every once in a while I do miss that interaction.

  3. As someone who has struggled to find their place work wise this is refreshing to read. I’ve gone from freelance to running a business to full time and now thinking of travelling for a position I realise I shouldn’t be afraid of change. Work takes up such a big portion of life you may as well do something you love, no matter how long that takes to find!

  4. Great post? Learned a lot from here. Actually I am very introvert and I don’t want to face other people.I think this post will help those people who are just like me! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I’ve learned recently that I am 100% an introvert who can’t stand to speak with people for long periods of time. I hate social interaction with strangers longer than a few minutes, then I just start to get antsy and don’t know what to say. At the moment I’m recovering from an illness, so I’m unemployed, but still work on my blog and doing freelancing. For now, that’s good enough for me. Although I want to go back and work (and earn money to live), the idea of dealing with the public terrifies me.

    1. The good news is you’re on a great track, and when you do go back to work theres a lot of options that don’t involve the public.

  6. These are some great ideas. I’m definitely an introvert and also have social anxiety! It’s a good thing (maybe?) that I’ve been with my company so long, as I don’t know how I’d cope with job interviews. I think I’d be very happy in a library though.

    1. Oh, job interviews are the worst. I am always so uncomfortable, especially when there’s more than one person to interview with. It’s a total nightmare for me.

  7. People aren’t so bad, but I understand sometimes you do need to have alone time and work alone. Some jobs you are based at home, so it’s kind of like you’re self employed. A lot of companies are moving towards this model in the voluntary or third sector (as it cuts huge office rental costs), so maybe people could look to those jobs also. I am lucky to have such a job in a great company! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I have been working remotely for the past 6 years and although it has a thousand benefits, I still miss the social interaction with my coworkers.

  9. Thanks for sharing this nice write up with us. I guess each one of us connects with it. We usually make a lot of efforts in our jobs and sometimes you just have to do it for your living. I like the options you have shared but the best one is to be self employed 😊

  10. I don’t hate people…but I REALLY enjoy working on my own. Blogging is a blessing for that reason. And being a realtor for many years allowed me to defy my own schedule and work from home most of the time.

  11. I wouldn’t say hating people but would say uncomfortable with surrounding. I feel every place has its positive ambiance and it may or may not work for every individual. I like the above tips that promote self employment.

  12. The title is really intriguing since I also prefer work in which I don’t have to deal with a lot of people, but ironically, I am a nurse lol. Well, I do freelancing too and work from home since I got to manage it and don’t have to work full-time as a nurse (yey). I’m aiming to ditch my nursing job soon if everything goes well. 🙂

  13. I do like the title a lot, I sort of identify to it, haha. I don’t like to be in the same place with too many people. I currently work from home but I am planning on renting a hot desk in a co-working space in the near future.

  14. I work from home and don’t miss the office environment at all! Honestly, hate having to deal with people! It’s so much easier to just work at my own pace, in my PJs and with the cat in my lap.

  15. Those are all great alternatives for those who want to avoid the mingling and want to stay away from others. I have been blessed to work at home for the past 6 years.

  16. I love freelancing and remote working ideas. Not that I am an introvert or hate being around with people but these options make you work at peace and with your best productive efforts. Love the ideas you shared in this post.

  17. it’s official. you are now my favorite writer. Stephen King will have to be happy with the #2 seat. Seriously though, I thought this was great; both well-written and attention-grabbing. Nicely done! 👊

  18. Seems like this post is for me and my friends. I am trying to start my own work and for the time being doing some freelancing work. I have to share this post with my friends too.

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