It doesn't matter how much money you make at your full-time work, it's never enough. The bills keep piling up, and you need a variety of sources of money to stay afloat.
To assist you in getting started, we've compiled a list of the 10 Most Profitable Side Hustles in Kenya to supplement your primary source of income.
1. Online writing
There is no cost to write on the internet. All you need is determination, passion, and a desire to study. Academic and article/blog writing are the most popular types of online writing. This might be a lucrative side business to make additional money in Kenya, depending on what you choose to do.
In exchange for money, academic writing comprises assisting students locally or internationally with their term papers and final exams. The majority of your pay will be based on the number of pages of work you complete.
Writing content for an internet audience is known as article/blog writing. Blog writing, unlike academic writing, is frequently compensated on a per-word or hourly basis.
2. Bartender/ Waiter and Waitress
The majority of Kenyans work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The majority of people, on the other hand, begin drinking in the evening about 5-6 p.m.
You may always find a bar that needs a waitress or server and work after your regular working hours if you need some extra cash. You can also make the most of this time if you do not report to your normal workstations on weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, the drinking hours are even longer, which means more money for you.
3. Rider Business and Delivery Services
This type of profession is possible if you have a motorcycle or bicycle and a flexible schedule. You will collect bank checks, parcels, and other light goods as a messenger rider and deliver them to preset places inside a specific area.
You may also become a delivery agent for restaurants like KFC and transportation and delivery apps like Uber Eats and Glovo. As a result, you will be paid on a commission basis.
Because of the limited schedule and time, it is not possible to cover a greater geographical area unless you have staff to cover for you.
4. Cleaning business
Most people don't have time to clean themselves and would gladly pay someone else to do it for them.
For this enterprise, you can invest a little money on a few detergents and cleaning supplies. Of course, you'll need a few talents to get started.
You'll need to come up with a schedule that works for both you and the client. You could, for example, schedule the cleaning for the weekends. Cleaning services include everything from general cleaning to laundry and housekeeping. If your clients require you to clean their vehicles from their residences, you can also include a car wash machine.
5. Cake baking
Baking a cake necessitates some fundamental knowledge. Several colleges across the country, particularly in Nairobi, offer short-term baking courses. You can start working on weekends after you have the necessary expertise.
You can focus on specific events such as birthdays and weddings. We propose starting with a little cake shop in the estate, or renting a shop in the Central Business District or a more strategic location if you have enough money.
6. Poultry farming
While there are varied feelings regarding chicken farming, when done well, it can be a very profitable business. This is, in reality, one of the best side hustles in Kenya for supplementing your main income.
The main disadvantage to this scheme is that it is quite dangerous. You'll need to be actively involved and pay close attention to your chicken. If you can't, hire a trustworthy manager who can provide constant care and ensure that the chickens are kept in a safe and clean environment.
7. Salon and barbershop
This is without a doubt one of Kenya's most lucrative side hustles. For a salon or barbershop to run smoothly, the proprietor is not required to be present. You can put as little as Ksh. 150,000 into it and have someone work for you while you work on other projects.
Big cities, near universities and colleges, and luxury estates are the greatest places to start such an investment. You can provide top-notch services and charge premium prices in such settings. This side hustle will pay off handsomely if you have good management abilities and a motivated team of workers.
8. Social media marketing
Utilizing social media platforms to establish and interact with a loyal audience where you may advertise your brand, services, products, or generate visitors to your website is known as social media marketing.
This is a business that anyone may start if they have enough social media traffic accounts If you have a Facebook, WhatsApp, or YouTube account, you may use it as a "online billboard" for your products and services.
9. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you get paid by an online merchant for the traffic to your website or the purchases that your referrals bring in. It's a step up from social media marketing in terms of sophistication and professionalism.
Typically, you'll be given a one-of-a-kind affiliate link to post on your blog, social networking platforms, or website. This link contains a unique number or identity that the online shop uses to track which sales were made as a result of your referral.
You get paid a commission when someone clicks on a link with your unique code and does a desired activity, such as purchasing something, signing up for a subscription, or enrolling in a course.
10. Crop farming
This might be a profitable endeavor if you reside or have access to land in the arable portions of the country. You must remain on the farm at all times. You can always employ a few people from a specific location to help you with your farming.
A good farm manager would be beneficial to the farm in overseeing the most important aspect of the project for you. You'll only come back to check on things once in a while to see how things are doing. You can conduct large-scale farming for crops like avocado, maize, and wheat if you invest wisely.
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