This article is for the newbies who cannot afford training at the moment. I will try and be as thorough as possible on how to make money online in Kenya – the legit opportunities to try and the scams to avoid.
Joblessness is one of the biggest problems facing Kenyan youth. I am sure that at some point during your hustle, someone might have mentioned to you to try Online Jobs, which is probably why you are here.
But there is a little challenge that everyone faces when they decide to give this hustle a try. With millions of scams such as:
- Public likes
- Aim Global
- Data Entry Jobs
- Paid Survey Jobs
…and the many others that you can mention, it is hard to believe that there are real online hustles that will give you some extra cash.
But there are! Plenty of them.
Ways to Earn Online in Kenya
First, I will list down legitimate ways you can earn money online. Hopefully, we will have time to discuss all the methods that I will list, and then some more, and then, you can decide which one resonates well with you. So, here are the tested and proven ways in which Kenyans earn money online:
- SEO and Website Content creation
- Academic Writing
- Creative writing /Ghost writing
- Editing and proofreading
- Virtual Assistant Jobs
- Affiliate Marketing
- Social Media Content Creation and Marketing
- Web Development/Mobile App Development
- Logo design, Animation, and Audio production jobs
- Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing Jobs
The list of legitimate ways you can earn money online is practically endless. I will refer you to UpWork’s available jobs page: https://www.upwork.com/freelance-jobs/, which summarizes all the online job opportunities available for freelancers.
How to Not Get Conned
Before we discuss any of these jobs listed in green. I feel it is good to share with you easy tips to help you navigate the start of your freelancing career without losing your money to fraudsters:
Any site that requires you to contribute any amount of money for registration is probably a scam. Most job sites simply test your skills and verify your identity to allow you to work with them.
Anyone that asks for details such as your credit card pin, PayPal password and other compromising personal details is probably a scammer.
It is a good idea to get a comprehensive training course for the type of online job that you want to venture into. Make sure that you train with trusted experts. Udemy is one of the most reliable sources of these short training courses. You can also train with recommended local trainers.
Always contact trusted dealers when changing your PayPal Dollars to Kenyan shillings. Equity Bank and Mpesa offer this service. You can also talk to Online Pesa Kenya/ OnlineKenyan and other trusted dealers to change your dollars. Always check someone’s legitimacy before sending your dollars to them to avoid losses.
Buying accounts to scale your earnings in your field is an option, not the best one, but still an option. However, make sure you have mastered the sites’ terms and conditions, and that you are a proficient writer in the content they want to avoid losses.
There are third parties who have come in to hold money in escrow and protect you from losses when buying, selling or doing other online transactions. Escrow Kenya and Verinet Escrow are the two I have heard of. They hold your cash for you till the terms of the transaction are fulfilled, protecting you from losses.
Requirements to Work Online
To start your online freelancing career as a Kenyan, you will need a functional personal computer and a stable internet connection.
If you specifically want to venture into writing, here are some resources that will help you improve the quality of what you write:
- Grammarly Proofreading and editing Software
- Copyscape Premium Plagiarism checker for articles
- Turnitin Plagiarism Checker for Academic papers
- Cheggs/ Coursehero Account for Academic Ebooks
These are the few which come to mind. As stated, this is not a full training course but just direction for anyone who is new in freelancing and cannot pay for a course.