Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing Kenyan youth today. I am sure that at some point during your hustle, someone might have mentioned to you to try Online Jobs, but have no clue where to start. In some scenarios, you may have heard of someone who has been scammed and wondering is there a legit online legit job for you?
Online jobs offer lucrative opportunities for you who might be looking for an alternate source of income. Part-time jobs in Kenya like; SEO and Website Content creation, Academic Writing, Blogging, Vlogging, Copywriting, Editing, and proofreading, Virtual Assistant Jobs, Transcription, Affiliate Marketing among others can offer work at home. Online jobs allow you to earn even if you are stay-at-home mums in Kenya.
There are various ways to understand how to get a legit online job in midst of the scammer like;
- 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.
Here a guide for you if you cannot afford training at the moment on how to make money online in Kenya – the legit opportunities to try and the scams to avoid.
But there are! Plenty of them.
Ways to Earn Online in Kenya
First, I will list down legitimate ways you can earn money online, 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 /Ghostwriting
- 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. Some of these opportunities are available for graduates, students, and form four leavers that even pay with M-Pesa like online surveys, data entry, typing jobs that can make you up to 3000 Ksh and more per day. I will refer you to UpWork’s and government ajira-digital pages that have many available 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 losing your hard-earned cash.
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.