How to Make Money in Kenya. Updated 2019 Free Best Practices Guide

Online & Offline Ideas on How to Make Quick Money From Home & Get Paid in Kenya From All over the World:

I am sure you have heard many ways of making money online or extra cash from home in Kenya. Remember the quails business in Kenya? — that they made people millionaires? Heard about desi schemes and recently, organo gold coffee pyramid schemes?  While our business is Sea Shipping & Air Cargo Shipping,  a good portion of our customers do not know that they can make a living shopping and shipping items online for a handsome profit. There is more to it as you read down.

  • Used shoe business
  • Used laptops business
  • Unlocked smartphones business
  • New & used clothes business
  • Cosmetics business
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Online affiliate programs and drop-shipping

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I am not going to tell you about any unsustainable or illegal ways of making money online or offline but rather, practical, evidence-based best practices on how to make a sustainable income in Kenya. Who would not want to make extra money anyway?

I am going to share  with live successful examples more about:

  • How to make money online in Kenya even if you do not have a computer
  • How to make money on websites even if you do not have a website of your own – and you do not need one
  • How to receive money earned online from anywhere in the world while in Kenya
  • How to use social media influence marketing strategy to attract, teach, keep repeat buyers who keep earning you money over and over again.
  • Offline strategies that you can implement in Kenya today and slowly build an income you can depend on.
  • How to use “what you are good at” strategy and build a following that is eager to buy your knowledge – YES. You are clever enough to teach something because Teaching sells
  • Hot selling items you can buy on amazon while in Kenya and ship them to Kenya for a clean profit.
  • How to build an empire of customers who would not talk to anyone else other than you for whatever their needs are.
  • unexploited money-making strategies you can implement today and make sweet clean profits.

Online Money Making Strategies That Works Every Time.

Strategies that works

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There is a tendency to look far, wide and high for ways to make money. A lot of us in Africa believe that you cannot make money unless you become successful in school, get a good paying job – OR, become a politician. Formal education is not for everyone. We all cannot be politicians. There is something for everyone… and you could do it right here in Kenya.

Online related money making strategies in Kenya

Affiliate Programs That Works:

ShopUSA – Kenya Affiliate Program:

shop USA Kenya

ShopUSA is one of the premier online shopping websites featuring only USA & UK/European products. Their business model is based on that fact that cheap Chinese products are not for everyone. There is a huge market in Kenya who would rather pay a little more for a quality product than to buy single item several times in a year – from China.

Not all items from China are of poor quality. It depends on the target market the items were manufactured for.

ShopUSA also gives an opportunity to USA importers to sell on the website but they verify and vet every seller to maintain high quality & standards.


  • They have a wide variety of high-end products
  • Some of their affiliates make as much as 250,000 a month promoting items
  • You can buy items from USA and list on their website. You just need to open an online shop.
  • They have online help to help sellers create online stores on their website
  • No guesswork. Authentic unique products
  • Customers trust them more. Easier to make a sale online
  • They deposit affiliate earnings either on your mpesa or your wallet.


  • Their items can be more expensive compared with sites like Jumia and Kilimall.
  • Not everyone can sell on their website. They are selective and picky
  • Their network is more concentrated in big cities and high end areas.

Jumia Affiliate Program.

Make Money Online with Jumia

Jumia has both affiliate program and a reseller program. They also have field delivery crew who makes money when they deliver an item and customer pays on delivery. This about this as the Uber Taxi Model.


  • A well-known website, thus it doesn’t take much effort to tell them about it.
  • A wide range of products of all quality and value
  • Wide countrywide, in fact, Africa-wide network and infrastructure.
  • Handy mobile app


  • Jumia has a lot of low-quality products from China listed, thus low trust level
  • Well, too known means not so good for affiliates.
  • Overcrowded affiliate program.

Offer & Sell $5 Gigs on Fiverr for Cash

Make money online on fiverr

Fiverr is SO MONEY for everyone with basic computer skills. You could make money on Fiverr to do something as simple as writing 300 words articles just about any topic. How many 300 word articles can you write? or something like writing reviews on online products. It is such an easy way to earn $5 that everyone should have an account.

  • Write articles
  • Uploading images
  • Writing blog posts
  • Installing wordpress
  • Rating products
  • Designing logo/graphics
  • Taking pictures with your phone!!

Become a Blogger & Make Money Online

make money blogging

Not so many people knows how to make money writing content online about specific topics. Not so many people knows how to make money uploading videos on YouTube and other social media websites. It is simple! How does a TV station or a radio station make money?

Make money blogging

By selling advertising to businesses. How does Nation Media or Standard make money? By selling advertising space to businesses. You may have seen advertisements on almost every website you visit. Sometimes you just click without knowing it is an advertisement.

How to Make Money Blogging

  1. make money blogging Choose a subject that you know well about and think about the best name to give your blog. Example, say you are a biology teacher in high school and you are so so good in biology that students have nicknamed you a biology name… remember those nicknames in high school? Kamusi, – (we had that in Kiambu high),  Pythagoras, Nuke, Atom, etc. Become that blogger who is so good at a subject that you command authority in that subject. Or lets say you are a fashion diva and you know a lot about fashion and cosmetics. Become that blogger!
    • Go to or They are both easy to use but I prefer WordPress for technical reasons I will discuss in the future.
    • Create a free account — lets say you went with as I have recommended.
    • Use a blog title that means something about what your subject is. Example, let’s say you want to be writing about “Body Lotions”. You can get a blog name like “ That’s just an example
    • Go to websites like or Jumia and signup for their affiliate programs. Even more money for you, start promoting a brand and offer to outsource that line of product for a markup. Kentex Cargo serves hundreds of such businesses. Some sell on Jumia and ShopUSA. Start your own line and go with it all the way to making mone
      • You educate people about your passionate/expert subject
      • Earn their trust and confidence
      • Recommend products without seemingly pitching
      • Purchase and deliver to them and make money
  2. Sell a product as an affiliate, a reseller or make money by displaying ads on your blog. You can even become a consultant at your own terms.  Here is a hint. Math, Chemistry, Biology & Physics are particularly hard subjects in High School. If you became such a good high school Chemistry blogger and offer to tutor for a fee, I bet if you are good enough and persistent enough, you would make more money tutoring than being a biology teacher. Have your students pre-book and prepay, rent a venue and exceed their expectations. Think about it and Do it!

    One of my client became a CPR instructor and a blogger about emergency preparedness and first aid. She’s a nurse by profession. She became so good that private hospitals hires her to teach CPR and ACLS to their employees. She recently bought a home in Muthaiga. Her identity not revealed!

    Here are a few money making blogs that I like

    • Curves with Style: This lady is SO SO on the money…. and it’s her over and over again on her blog. If Nyawira recommended a fashion dress on her blog, my wife would get it PAP! we better be talking about if she likes it or not after I have bought. GET IT? BOUGHT = MONEY. Deal Closed!
    • Maruti Rashid Fashion Blog: Great money making a blog you can start such for free in your own field
    • Creatives Academy: An educational blog
    • Professor Michael Wainaina Blog: Now this is self-publishing that can land Dr. Wainaina to levels you cannot imagine. Just be yourself and blog about what you are or what you like.
  3. Create a Facebook Page and link it to your blog above. DO it and stop excuses. Facebook page should be equal to the name of the blog page that you created. As a matter of fact, you should create both of them the same day. If you need to create a logo or head banner for your Facebook page, go to Fiverr and get one done for you for $5. If you want to order a gig but you are not able to pay on Fiverr, contact us and we will hook you up. We’ll charge you $2.50 fee due to remittance and exchange rates.

Offline Money Making Strategies That You Could Implement in Kenya at Shoe-String Budget.

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There must be a problem with our British education system. Having gone through it and then the American education system, there is either intentional or unintentional permanent damage British education does to its subjects. No wonder almost everything we know was discovered in the USA. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Computers, you name it.

Before you start casting stones, let me explain where I am going with this… with practical examples you can relate to. With our British education system, we are limited by how much money we have, not the ideas we have.

If you have 500 shillings, more than likely, your ideas will be limited to what business you can start with KES 500. Chicken farming, Selling seedlings in the local market — and that is fine. Nothing wrong with that but what if your ideas are great enough to be seen by others as great? Would they invest or loan you money?

Make Money Farming Without a Land or Money to Rent one.

I bet you know someone somewhere who owns a vacant plot somewhere. Ask them if you could use it and pay them something small after you sell your product. There are multi-million shillings companies in Kenya that started with a very little budget that does that. Some of them target land owned by people is diaspora.

Used Computers Business in Kenya

I cannot tell you how many times I get asked…where and how can I get used/refurbished computers from the USA? Here are my two favorite sources. If you need help buying and shipping them to your doors, just let us know. You do not need to start wondering how to get them. Just contact us and we will make it happen!

  1. Export Computers Exchange
  2. Computer Exporting. (We have a very great personal relationship with them)

Make Money in Kenya With Used Shoes & Clothes Business

Now this will make some people in Kenya want to put a price tag for my head revealing where they get these things from. Here are a few that I like and have used. I had written an article about how to buy used clothes and shoes from the USA and some people have been on my neck for more information. If you need to buy or arrange to ship, just let us know.

Make Money in Kenya Selling Used Smartphones From USA

Everyone in Kenya – and anywhere else in the World want to own a good phone. eBay & Amazon are the best sources for used unlocked GSM phones. Notice that when buying unlocked or used phones…

You Must Buy GSM Unlocked Phones – Not CDMA

Of course, I won’t start boring you with how you can make money driving for Uber or easy Taxi. If you did not know you could do that too, there you go but not for everyone.

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  1. Ernest February 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    it was very nice reading this page and i just wanna create my blogging account please continue sending me nice and helpful hints

    • admin February 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your feedback. More practical and actionable tips coming

  2. Francis December 27, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I think this is very helpful…i have been wondering where n how i could get or ship shies n clothes…how will help me please

  3. Ezekiel March 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Hi am ezekiel i also was wondering who i can ship books at my door sip can you help me plz….

  4. Joan Waigwe May 5, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Nice piece Sir.Great knowledge there!
    I have something to ask you.
    Since all the ideas require you to have some money,how can you help somebody who has nothing ( not a single cent)to get started?
    I have a blog whose domain is expiring on september.I thought it was easy to write original articles as googke reajires to be paid well.
    I have never added any article after hiring a person to set it ip for me. Preciousupdates .com
    How can you help me on how to get ready worthwhile contents start to getting paid

    • admin May 9, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Allow me to mention something about Internet business, being too broad means too hard to make money. I went through your website and it makes me wonder how and who will find your website, make enough clicks to even pay for domain renewal.

      My advice to you would be as follows.

      • Start blogging about something specific you have knowledge and passion about. I would recommend something that has a market. The idea of focusing on something specific is to eliminate wasted effort. (Trust me, talking one article about politics and another one about health puts you head-on with big sharks like nation and standard newspapers. It is an uphill battle.
      • Most companies (including us) spent a lot of time, effort and money before making any money. This time, the focus was, numbers in customer base, whether profitable or not. The other thing is to become an authority, trusted name or what we call, brand awareness. Once you get followers both in search and social media, monetizing it is not hard. The point here being, expect delayed response
      • If you are a freelance writer, there are a lot of sites that pay for freelances but in my opinion, you would make better and more sustainable money if you focused on building your own brand. You can freelance while still building your own brand – nothing wrong with that.
      • I will give you a perfect example…. how to build your own niche (YOU DON’T PICK A NICHE MARKET). Say you know about make-up so well. You love it (most women do), you can write about it, talk about it, know something others don’t about it. Get in and start teaching, showing and even helping others achieve their make up goals. Do it on your website, youtube, social media, in person and all. Your followers and your lovers will tell you what is it you can help them with. THIS IS HOW YOU FIND YOUR NICHE. You could be good and been teaching about make-ups but your followers might want to pay you money to be their private teacher. Or, a big name might want to hire you to produce content exclusively for them. OR, you might become a brand on your own without a single product.
      • EXAMPLE: People like Jane Mukami became a brand working out and posting on her facebook page. Before she knew it, she had over 20,000 followers. It was an epiphany to her that she can monetize her following. Today, she can boast of combined, more than 500,000 followers on social media. She became a brand before she ever sold a single product. The point is, focus on passion, service to the people and money will follow.
  5. Geoffrey November 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Man!That is generous.
    Thank you for sharing this helpful information.

    • admin November 20, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

      You are welcome

  6. Hasnain March 26, 2019 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Priceless pieces of advises – Many thanks.

    My Question

    My Drop shipping website on Shopify is just a click away from being launched.
    The only hurdle is payment processing.

    I am an individual, not a company.

    I need a step by step guide on how to get the money in Kenya & through what channel. What are the requirements, the pre requisites and how simple or complicated can it get ?

    Await to hear from you soonest possible.
    Best regards

    • admin March 30, 2019 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      That is a great question.
      At the very basic, you can use paypal as your payment processor. Stripe is another service but I am not sure how they handle users outside the USA. I hope this helps

  7. david April 6, 2019 at 6:26 am - Reply

    thinking of sport particularly soccer.
    whats you take sir


    • admin April 29, 2019 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Find something that has a barrier to entry. Google the phrase “Barrier to entry”

  8. privel July 31, 2019 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Comment…good ideas

    • admin August 23, 2019 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Thank you

  9. Juliet Auma August 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Thanks alot for this….have always had an interest in importing new and used clothes..more advices on how I can start pleases

    • admin August 23, 2019 at 8:31 am - Reply

      I would advise starting slow with a few items until you get to know what the market entails

      • Philip October 24, 2019 at 7:30 am - Reply

        Thanks for your openness and excellent advises. You’re good my friend!

        • admin November 10, 2019 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          Be blessed. Stay tunned

  10. Daniel kanyai September 26, 2019 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for the educative business ideas cheers. Want to start a nail polish business how should i approach it

  11. Jacob February 11, 2020 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I wish I new this before

    • admin February 29, 2020 at 3:42 am - Reply

      It is never too late

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