Ultimate Guide to Making Money Online in Kenya

This article will show you some of the latest genuine ways of earning money online in Kenya. When I tried to explain how she can make money online, she asked me to create an article she can read at home.

I have been earning money online in Kenya since 2014, and I think that this is the right way to show someone to make money online in Kenya. So make sure you read to the end and feel free to leave comments with questions, and I will provide answers.

Let’s get into it straight away.

Ways of earning money online in Kenya

Many people make the mistake of thinking that they can make money online as a Side-hustle, but they are wrong. Earning Money Online should be thought of as a full-time job.

It would help if you had the following to earn money online:

  1. Patience
  2. Research Skills – Not any research skills, but being able to use Google to do research
  3. A mentor – It can be someone you know or someone online who makes money online, like bloggers (Not all of them, though)
  4. Time – It takes time to start earning money online in Kenya
  5. Internet connection
  6. Computer

Well, now that you know what you need to start making money online, you might ask, Do people earn online? Yes, they do, and it is not complicated as some people make it look. Anybody can make money online if they are determined to.

There are many ways of making money online in Kenya. You can choose one. Please identify one method you are comfortable with and start from there.

How to make money online in Kenya in 2021

These are ways of making money online in Kenya in 2021

1. Online Jobs

Many Kenyans who make money online do so through online jobs. As I mentioned in the section above, you have to treat it as a full-time job to earn money online.

There are several jobs online that you can do in the comfort of your home or cyber cafe and earn a decent income from it. Most of these jobs are found on Freelancing websites and include the following:

  • Academic Writing
  • Transcription
  • Virtual Assistants
  • Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Accounting
  • Digital Marketing
  • Article Writing

As mentioned, most Kenyans work on Freelancing sites, and there are fake websites and genuine websites. Some of the Genuine freelancing websites to Work Online in Kenya include:

  1. Upwork
  2. GoTranscript
  3. Freelancer
  4. Uvocorp
  5. Rev.com

So you can find some time and go to these websites, create an account and see if you can work online. Most will require you to submit a professional profile and might not approve your application.

2. Earn through Blogging

To earn money through a blog, you need a website. To get a website, you need a domain name and hosting account. Usually, these are purchased online and renewed annually.

You have to identify a Niche for your blog and create amazing content that will make people visit your blog. If you get enough traffic to your blog, you can introduce the following avenues of earning through a blog.

  1. Google Adsense
  2. Affiliate Marketing
  3. Placing Ads on your website from Brands
  4. Sponsored content

3. Selling Online Courses

If you have a skill that you can teach others, there is an option online where you can create a course around your expertise and sell it online.

You don’t need to create your website but use existing platforms and put your content out there for people from all over the world to learn.

One such place is known as Udemy. It is free to create an account as a teacher and sell your course. You can upload course materials, manage learners and accept payments.

4. Selling books online

If you wanted to publish a book ten years ago, you would have to look for a publisher to work with. But thanks to the internet, you can self-publish your book and sell it online.

It is fast and gives you the time to work on more books as you sell the current one. One right place to sell your book is on Amazon.

5. Starting on Online Shop

If you already run a local business like a shop, you can take it online and sell it to more people from different places. You will need a website with shop software that will handle products and accept online payments.

You can accept payments through M-Pesa, too, since it is popular here in Kenya.

The easiest way to start an online shop is through WordPress CMS and a plugin known as WooCoommerce. There are already M-Pesa Plugins for WooCommerce that will allow you to accept mobile money payments.

You then need good clear images of your products and descriptions for the products.

6. Using Local Online Marketplaces

Another more straightforward option for earning money online is to sell your products through Online Marketplaces such as Jumia and Kilimall.

They will take care of shipping and marketing for you, all you need is to supply your products, and they sell.

As I have mentioned above, you can also earn money online from marketplaces by becoming an affiliate marketer. It would help if you had a website or a good following online for this.

Jumia has another option to earn money known as JForce; make sure to check them out.

Anne Katana
I am from the Kenyan Coast and currently in Nairobi. I studied history, and now I do blogging for a living. I like to share my passion for Kenya and my experiences with other people in Kenya and abroad. So welcome to Nasonga (I am Moving).



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