Nowadays in Kenya, it is possible to earn money online sitting at home. In most cases you only need a laptop and Internet to start a business. I understand there are too many sources in Internet and many people become overwhelmed choosing a business model.
This article is written for information, time and money saving purposes.
Here you will find 10 methods of how to make money online in Kenya. Perhaps not all of them are applicable to you specifically, but you will find ideas and opportunities to start.
All methods are mostly described based on my personal knowledge, expertise and experience. Each option has it’s own pros and cons, both are described in this article.
This post is a great if you are looking for a business opportunities online that you should start.
#1. Start A Blog
Making money with a blog is one of the most popular and profitable ways to make money online here in Kenya. You can create a basic blog about any topic that you feel passionate about and share your knowledge and experience with other people.
How can I earn from the blog?
There are two ways of earning from the blog and first is Google ads – you will connect your website to Google Advertising and let the Google place ads on your website and when someone interacts with the advertisement you will get paid from Google. To connect advertisement, your blog or website must meet the requirements of Google.
Second is an affiliate marketing – you will be placing your affiliate links to certain products that you will be advertising on your blog. If you are using some tools or products that you are passionate about you can advertise them on your blogs and earn money. Worth to mention that all your affiliate links must be related to your blog’s topic.
How much money can I make with a blog?
Kenyan Bloggers can make anywhere from Kshs20K per month to even Kshs3,000,000 per month. The best part of it is that it can also become a passive income source, which means that you continue to make money although you don’t create new content or promote new products.
How can I start my blog and make money?
Bear in mind that you need to create a brand-new website that is very easy to create for anyone without IT knowledge. To create a website, you are going to need 3 things: 1) template of the website; 2) domain name; and 3) hosting. No complicated tools and programs, no coding skills required.
#2 . Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways of making money on the Internet. This is because you can also turn it into a passive income generating machine.
Affiliate marketing is about promoting the products you love or use everyday to other people who could also benefit from it and when someone purchase it, you get paid your commission.
How do I make money with affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a very popular way of making money online among top bloggers in Kenya, YouTubers, and people who do email marketing. This is because they can make money with someone else’s product without needing to worry about creating their products or keeping an inventory.
Therefore, if you already have a blog or a YouTube channel, this could be a great way of increasing your actual revenue without needing to put too much work on the table. All you need is an audience to whom you’ll promote your affiliate product.
Let’s say you have a many of followers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social network, you could just join the affiliate programs of your favorite hair products or diet supplement and they’ll give you a unique link that you can share with your audience, that will give you a commission every time someone completes a purchase using your link.
How can I get started with affiliate marketing?
Firstly, not all brands have an affiliate program that you can freely join and start making money, but also many companies do have an affiliate program available, although they don’t tell you on their website.
The best way to find out whether a company has an affiliate program that you can join or not is by asking them directly.
#3 . Earn Money Online With Surveys
Completing surveys online is also another way of earning some extra money from the internet. It’s not the type of activity that will give you a lot of money, but if you’d like to make some extra cash while you stay at home watching tv or listening to your favorite podcast, this a good way of doing so.
How much can I make with online surveys?
If you spend some time on this during your spare time at home, maybe while you’re on the bus going to work or coming back
home, you could earn from Kshs10000 – Kshs30000 per month. It’s not a lot, but it does not require a lot either.
There are many new research companies out there who offer rewards for your opinions, however, not all of them are legit, so you really must take some time to find those who will pay you.
— Can earn easy money; — Cannot be passive; — Earnings will depend on your work. — Sometimes not trustworthy; — Will not make you a large amount of money;
— Most surveys available for US and Canada residents only; — Time-consuming.
#4 . Sell Audio Books
Producing and selling your audiobooks is also another great way to make money online, especially because audiobooks sales have shown a 20% increase in the last 2 years.
Sometimes people just prefer to listen to an audiobook instead of reading the actual paper book, and sometimes it is even more convenient, you could listen to your favorite audiobooks when you’re driving to your workplace every morning.
If you are already in the writing industry, maybe you’ve already published several eBooks or you’re planning to do so. You must know that people are turning to audio and visuals when it comes to technical subjects.
It’s a great idea to consider turning your existing eBook, or even a hard book, into an audiobook through a resource like Audible, which is a company owned by Amazon in which you can publish and sell your audiobooks.
You can even hire a producer, so you don’t have to shell out upfront cash, or you can hire a freelancer to do the job for you, anyways, you’re using your already existing content to create something new that will make more money for you.
#5 . Review Websites & Apps For Money
To make money online legally as a website/app tester, you need to have fluent English, written and spoken. You will also be required to have some basic equipment like a computer with a microphone, smartphone or tablet, broadband internet connection, and an updated web browser.
How much money can I make?
Many companies who offer this type of service will pay you anywhere from Kshs500 to Kshs1500 an hour to test apps and websites, they even pay you extra bonuses if you happen to find any bugs.
How can I get started?
You’ll need to find several websites that are looking for people to perform this type of task and register as a new tester. Once you go through all the testing and pre-qualification, they’ll let you know every time they have a test available for you.
It’s good to keep in mind that these companies will only need you for reviews whenever they have something that matches your profile, this could be based on your location, the types of device you have, or your level of expertise.
That is why is very important to register on multiple websites so that you have more chances of getting work assigned and get paid.
— Easy to start;
— Easy and short-term cash; — Time-consuming;
— The competition is too high; — Hard to get accepted;
— Only English-speaking countries are accepted mostly.
#6 . Make Money Playing Online Games
You can make money online while you play games. Some platforms can pay you for downloading and playing their games. Such platforms like Swagbucks, Exodus3000, Play Rummy, Secondlife, and others.
If you like playing online games and would love to make some extra bucks while doing what you like to do, then this is for you. Overall, with this type of income, you can: earn by watching, playing, and downloading, however, it is very time-consuming and low paying.
If you have plenty of time to spend watching videos and play games then this method is for you.
#7 . Work as a Freelancer
Working as a freelancer is one of the most popular ways to make money online legally, many people look for someone who can perform simple tasks that they just can’t or don’t know how to perform.
Many people make a living out of a freelancing job, some other people also do it while they work on their startup or personal project, this way they don’t have to go back to a normal job to support their family.
The types of work a freelancer does can be writing articles for a fee, doing some graphic design, building websites, MCs Powerpoint presentations, recording a voice clip, etc. You can work as a freelancer doing anything.
How can I start making money as a freelancer?
There are many websites in which you can register as a freelancer and offer your work to other people, an excellent place to start is with one of the leading freelance websites upwork.com, freelancer.com, freeeup.com, and Fiverr.com
The best thing about being a freelancer is that you can get clients from all countries around the world, so you have a high number of potential customers, you can work from home using your internet connection, and you work your hours.
How much money can I make as a Freelancer?
Freelancers make from Kshs3000 up to Kshs50000 per day.
Working as a freelancer obviously will not make you a millionaire, however it can replace you a full-time job
#8 . Sell Stock Photos or Artwork
The ability to make money as a photographer is all about harnessing that same creativity at the heart of your work and applying it to the monetization of your talents. This can be a good source of passive income, but you need to be putting a lot of quality products out there to move forward, but it has solid potential. You can start your website or sell through a large platform or even both!
How much can I make by selling photos and artwork?
Most photographers earn from Ksh20000 to Ksh200000 per month passively.
How can I start selling?
As was mentioned above, you can either create your website where you will have all control of your website or you can sell them on platforms. Here’s where you can sell photos and basic artwork: Shutterstock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, Getty Images, iStock.
#9 . Become A Transcriber
Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. If you have patience and the ability to sit for long periods and an eye for detail, you should consider transcribing.
How much can I make?
You can earn Ksh700-Ksh2100 per hour or more if you start your own business in transcribing.
How do I get started?
As many of ways making money online you have three options: 1) register on freelance platforms, 2) create a website and your own business, 3) register in job searching websites.
#10 . Become a Virtual Assistant
Are you task-oriented and have skills in the areas of social media management, editing, graphic design, tutoring, researching, writing, administrative duties, or data entry? Then becoming a Virtual Assistant may be an excellent choice for you.
How much can I make?
You can earn Ksh2000-Ksh10000 an hour as a Virtual Assistant.
How do I get started?
The answer is simple. Simply go to Freelance platforms like Fiver or Upwork and register as a Virtual Assistant. You can also advertise yourself on job searching websites like Glassdoor or LinkedIn.
What is the best option to start with?
It depends on you, your skills, your availability, and willingness. I recommend you to create a list of methods that are closer to you and your skills from above described 10 ways, then shortlist 3. Once you have done that, choose those that are non time-consuming initial.
If you want to succeed with any of those methods, my recommendation is – DO NOT FOLLOW EVERY SHINING OBJECT” and start one or several ways only, master them and then start another one.
To build a consistently earning income you need to be patient and consistent, do not start one stream if did not finish with another. Always remember that your time is expensive and nonreturnable, use my recommendations above and start your journey to build a wealth.