It’s quite interesting that most Kenyans are seeking ways to make money online. Over the past few months, I have received tons of emails regarding the main subject of this article, I have therefore found it appropriate to answer in a single article.
Making money online is a popular topic, it’s one area that has created employment for more than 100 million people worldwide. Though underestimated, the potential to earn decent income is endless.
In Kenya, there are many known and unknown ways of earning money online. The discussion below will touch the most important platforms you can join to start generating income especially when you are jobless.
A freelancer or freelance worker is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. Freelance workers are sometimes represented by a company or a temporary agency that resells freelance labor to clients; others work independently or use professional associations or websites to get work.
In Kenya, over 5,000 individuals, mostly graduates, work as freelancers. The most common jobs graduates are employed to do include writing masters and PhD proposals for students in European universities, data analysis and entry, and working as guest bloggers. In our country, some freelancers earn up to Ksh600, 000 per month.
Here is a list of companies that offer freelancing in Kenya:
- Affiliate marketing
A significant number of Kenyans are doing affiliate marketing. This is where they sell products for companies and earn a living in commissions. Affiliate marketing is at infancy stage but it’s slowly gaining momentum.
The beauty of affiliate marketing is that you don’t need a website to do it, you can sell the products through Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and LinkedIn, or even Instagram.
I have talked about affiliate marketing before, but let me repeat for the sake of readers who never saw the article before.
A list of major affiliate marketing companies you should try your luck in include:
Many of you could question ‘how can I be an affiliate marketer?’. It’s simple to be an affiliate marketer. For Jumia and Kilimall, you simply use your website domain name and url to submit your application.Alternatively,you can us your Facebook or Twitter accounts.
The good thing about affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to own a website-you can promote the products on social media.
Blogging is the real thing today. Most graduates have found themselves in this engagement as they try to make ends meet. One thing about blogging in Kenya is that it’s ever growing but still, opportunities are numerous. A blogger must not necessarily be journalism graduates, anyone can be a blogger.
Since Facebook algorithm for News Feeds changed in favour of persons who are not bloggers, it’s now advisable to own a blog for you to make reasonable money online. Many of my readers who have contacted me before imagined that blogging is something hard to do, when I explained to them in details, they embraced the profession.
To be a blogger, these are the steps to follow:
- Register a domain name. Click here to register at Bluehost
- Pay for hosting charges(Bluehost can host your blog)
- Design a website (If you don’t know how to go about it,you can pay us Ksh15,000 we design a professional website for you. Note that you pay before we design the site for you….we don’t encourage people who take us in circles.)
Once the website is ready, you will now be required to create content. This is where your input is seriously needed. If you are at this stage, know that you are a blogger.
After creating content, what next? The final stage is identifying ways of monetizing your blog. Below are the best monetization platforms:
- Content Ad
- Media Net
- Selling products online(E-commerce website)
Another meaningful online business is an e-commerce website. With Prudent marketing strategies and excellent products, you can make lots of cash.
I know it’s not possible to come up with an e-commerce website.BigCommerce can help you come up with one.You can click here to contact them. Alternatively, you can contact us we design the same for you. We charge Ksh30,000 .
- Doing consultancy
If you are a graduate of Statistics,Law,Nursing,Medicine,Pharmacy,Computer Science, Hotel Management or any other profession that is on demand, you can provide your professional services online. I actually know data analysts who do the work online. They have created clean websites where they advertise their services. These guys get clients through the website and almost everything is done online.
- Web design and Developing Apps
If you pursued computer science/web design in college, you don’t need an office for you to provide your professional services. Nowadays people seek these services online.
- Participating in paid surveys
Paid Surveys is another way Kenyans earn money online. Some of the best online paid survey companies include:
- Geo Poll
The survey companies pay after one has completed answering questions. Each survey will pay in excess of Ksh 100.
- Become a Social Media Influencer
You can also make lots of money online by marketing other companies products through social media. Your pages should be popular, like that of Larry Madowo, Caroline Mutoko or Eric Omondi.Each of the advertising company will pay upwards of Ksh 20,000 to advertise their products on your page.
You don’t have to be a celebrity to become an influencer, all you need is a popular social media page with millions of followers to attract advertisers.
- Sell products on social media
Sell items on Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and Twitter. The best items to sell in those platforms include, shoes,clothes,smartphones and other electronics. Your first step is to create a page, grow it until it gets enough followers (at least 20,000 followers) then start to promote your products on those pages.
- Make Money from YouTube
YouTube is one platform that is feeding millions of people worldwide. Create a free YouTube channel and start posting items there. Once you reach 1,000 followers and at least 4,000 hours of watch time, apply for AdSense. Every month, AdSense will be paying you based on the number of views your channel gets. For every 1,000 views, you’ll be paid Ksh100 and above.
- Sell betting tips
If you are good in analyzing football matches, start selling betting tips.But you need a website in order to market your tips—if you try to market on Facebook, your page will be banned. To get a new website,click on this link
If your website becomes popular like Venas News, you will earn more than Ksh500,000 every month.
- Write CVs and Cover Letters for job seekers
You can also make money online by writing CVs and Cover Letters for job seekers. Promote your services on LinkedIn and Facebook. Alternatively, create a blog which you will use to advertise vacancies, then have a section in that blog that promotes your CV and Cover Letter writing services.
You will be charging Ksh 500 to Ksh5,000 to write a CV and Ksh500 to write a cover letter.
- Start a consultancy company for recruiting Kenyans to Middle East
Another good opportunity for you is one involving HR Consultancy Services, but they should involve linking Kenyans to Middle East companies. There are many Kenyans willing to work in Middle East and will pay any money to see themselves in those Arab countries. Everyone going to Middle East through your company pays some fee.
- Become an Online DJ
I think you have seen many Kenyans who are doing DJ work online and get paid by followers. If you know how to spin, create a Facebook page which you will use to mix songs, provide an MPESA number which your followers will use to pay you for entertaining them. Over time, you’ll also be invited to entertain guests in ceremonies.
- Start betting on football matches
You can also make money online by betting on football matches. But you need to be a good analyst in order to win consistently. One betting company you should bet with is 22Bet, it has good odds and pays promptly. When joining, you’ll get a welcome bonus of up to Ksh15,000.To register, click on this link
- Start a web hosting company
There are thousands of Kenyans who want to start blogging but are not sure where to host their websites. If you create a reliable web hosting company,you’ll get numerous clients. You don’t have to start from scratch, buy hosting space from Bluehost and let your clients share the same space.To get started,follow this link