The following are the easiest ways to make money online in Kenya. All you need is a computer and internet. You can as well do these jobs at the comfort of your home.
1. Make Money Blogging
A blog is usually a great way of communicating. A blog can end up attracting a large volume of traffic. Making money from such traffic is a bit more difficult. The most popular ways of making money from a blog is through AdSense. Popular blogs can make millions in a month.
2. Start an Online Store
I strongly believe that e-commerce is the most untapped local industry. Jumia along with other online based stores such as Kilimall are experiencing phenomenal growth. However, none is showing market dominance and there are numerous opportunities for new players. This is especially true for niche markets. A niche market means focusing on a specific product and creating a market and e-commerce site for it.
A few years ago, sports’ betting was relatively unheard of in Kenya, but Sportpesa led a revolution and Football betting is now a very popular method of making an extra online income. Irrespective of what most people would want you to believe – football betting is still gambling and this involves a very high level of risk. Sports’ betting involves predicting the outcome of a sporting event –mostly a match – and each correct prediction attracts certain winnings. For example you can predict which team will win a match, whether it will end as a draw, the number of goals, whether both teams will score etc.
4. Email Marketing
Email marketing used to be popular a few years ago, but it is still relevant although less efficient. Email marketing involves having a list of people along with the emails of people who are interested in your brand, blog, site etc. Now, you don’t have to manually collect all these emails because we have many email marketing service providers. These providers will make it easy for you to collect these emails through a sign up form which you can share on social media and online.
Dropshipping is a slightly advanced method of making money online. It requires a bit of knowledge on how international e-commerce sites such as Amazon and eBay work. Dropshipping involves buying goods from a cheap online wholesale retailer and reselling them to consumers at a higher price. With dropshipping you will never have to actually handle the goods physically.
6. Content Revenue Sharing
Some people have very interesting ideas on some matters, and they want to write about them but they don’t have a platform to do so. A blog takes a lot of time and effort to set up. There are sites out there that already have a steady flow of traffic and authority that are willing to give people the platform to post their content and make money from it. These are the content revenue sharing sites.
7. Affiliate Marketing
According to most internet marketing gurus, affiliate marketing is the most rewarding method of making money online. Affiliate marketing is simple – you advertise and convince people to buy a good/service offered by a certain company for a share of the total cost. The share/ amount that you receive from such a sale can go from between 5% to up to 50% of the total price of the product. There are fantastic affiliate programs out there. I can only feature my favorites along with those that I have tried out and they worked for me. However, you have to have a platform such as a blog, website, mailing list, Facebook page etc.
Transcription is a very common online job, that is very newbie-friendly and pays “well-enough”. Transcription involves the manual conversion of audio files into electronic text files. To avoid sounding too technical – transcription involves listening to audios (speech, interview, voicemail, discussion, and meeting) that were recorded earlier and typing them out in Microsoft word (or any similar software). You are paid depending on the length of the audio file.
9. Content Writing
Freelance content writing is one of the most common online jobs. There are thousands of blogs and websites out there that need content. As a content writer you will be providing clients with content in form of articles to be used either online on their websites, blogs, newsletters, e-books, mailing lists or in some cases as offline newsletters, books etc. Unlike academic writing, there is no low season, and there is a constant flow of jobs throughout the year. The best part is that you don’t have to learn much, just a little on keyword density, some basic SEO, and you are good to go – it takes less than a day.
10. Academic Writing
Simply put, academic writing involves completing, mostly foreign college/university students’ written take-away assignments for profit. In layman’s terms: you are doing some lazy student’s homework for a small fee. One thing you have to know is that no type of academic work is simple; these essays are way different from what you encountered in the Kenyan education system. Nonetheless, the essays vary from somewhat simple high-school 200-word discussions to very complex 10000 words+ PHD dissertations.