How to make money easily in Nairobi—use these ideas


If you are new in Nairobi, you’ll find it hard to adopt to the lifestyle in the city. Making money is hard if you don’t have a stable income from employment. But there are several ways in which you can make money easily in the city, they are as follows:

  • Making chapati and Mandazi in estates

Low income estates like Kayole, Pipeline and Kibera have residents who don’t buy Mandazi and chapatti from supermarkets and shops, they buy from those who make them in streets. If you have Ksh2, 000, you can start this business and make money quickly.

  • Become a makanga

Another easy way of making money is to become a Makanga.Go to any stage, befriend those ones in the stage and start working as a tout.Makanga get Ksh20 to Ksh 100 when they direct customers to a matatu.

  • Academic writing

Nowadays most graduates in Nairobi do academic writing. Since jobs are not enough in Nairobi, academic writing has become escape route to graduates. Most of them earn upwards of Ksh20, 000 per month.

To start, you have to be employed by someone but later when you have capital, buy your own account.

  • Become a hawker

You can also hawk items in the streets. The good thing of being a hawker is that you are not required to have a trading licence.With just Ksh1,000,you are ready to go.

  • Carry luggage in Nairobi CBD

There are many Kenyans earning a living by carrying luggage in Nairobi CBD.All you need is a wheelbarrow, then position yourself strategically in bus stages.

  • Do errands for Nairobi residents

There are people who don’t go out to shop, they can send you to shop for them and you get paid. Others are in upcountry and would like to shop At Easily. This is one of the quickest ways of making money in Nairobi. Someone in Kisii wants to buy clothes in Eastleigh will pay you Ksh500 to buy for them then you put them in a matatu to Kisii.

  • House cleaning

Thousands of women in Nairobi survive by cleaning other people’s houses, clothes, sofa sets and carpets. Most of them make more than Ksh1,000 per day. The business works well during weekends.

  • Hawk coffee

Another business people rely on in Nairobi is hawking coffee in streets especially evening and morning hours. You’ll spend Ksh500 and make Ksh1,000.

  • CV and cover letter writing

People are desperately looking for jobs in Nairobi. Capitalize on their desperation and make money by writing CVs and cover letters for them. You’ll charge Ksh500 to Ksh 5,000 per CV.

Market yourself on social media and LinkedIn

  • Mobile phone repair

Mobile phone repair shops are making millions from Kenyans. In Nairobi, there are guys making over Ksh1 million per month by just repairing smartphones.

Enroll for a short course, set up your shop in CBD and see how you’ll easily become a millionaire.

  • Start a chemist shop

If you studied Nursing or Pharmacy, don’t look for a job, start a pharmacy in Nairobi’s Eastleigh Estate or Nairobi CBD.You will make money easily.

  • Start bodaboda Loan Company

Start a company that gives bodaboda on loan.You will make profit of more than Ksh100,000 per bodaboda.