How to Make Money Online in Kenya in 2020

In this article, I will share with you ways of how to make money online in Kenya. Well, thanks to the affordable internet in Kenya, making money online is now possible and achievable.

Although it takes time, research and smart work to create a dime online. I am going to show you the easiest ways you can earn money online in Kenya. All you need is to read this article and have a will to start, and you will surely make money online.

These are legitimate methods for making money online in Kenya. I must warn you though that making money online is real work and you have to spend your time and skills. So Sit back, learn and implement later on and work at your own pace.

One thing you need to understand, the methods posted here keep changing and new ways come up fast, and you must be someone who researches and adapts to change quickly to make money online.

So let’s get direct started on what you need to make money online.

Making money online in Kenya requirements

Before we dive into the methods of making money online, allow me to introduce the criteria for making money online.

The requirements are both about you as a person and the tools you need to make money online. Here is what you need to be successful in making money online;

  1. Computer Literate, forget about those scams you hear on Facebook telling you that you can make money on your smartphone. According to InboxDollars, apart from doing surveys online, there is no simple way for you to make money on the phone. You have to know the basics of a computer.
  2. Self-driven – Well, this is self-explanatory.
  3. Patience –  On average, it will take some time for you to make money online in Kenya.
  4. Internet connection, a good computer and time on your side.
  5. Some will require a little monetary investment, but that is if you are running an online business.
  6. A mentor or someone to inspire you.

Now that you know what you need, let me show you how to make money online in Kenya.

How to make money online in Kenya

We are going to discuss the following ways of how to make money online in Kenya. If you know, other ways kindly suggest them in the comments below.

  1. Freelancing
  2. Creating blogs
  3. Content production
  4. Video production
  5. Virtual Store
  6. Development info-products
  7. Online Shop creation
  8. Sale in online marketplaces

(Update: New Ways of Making Money Online in Kenya)

  • Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin through mining
  • Sports Betting
  • Lotteries
  • Selling Websites

Common ways of money online in Kenya

The following are the legitimate ways of making money online in Kenya.

1. Make money online by working as a Freelancer

There are several online jobs in Kenya you can do on the Internet to safely earn a living as long as you want. These types of jobs can be found on Freelancing websites.

The most significant chunk of Kenyans making money online do so through freelancing; you become a service provider. There is a massive demand for the craziest of services you have seen or imagined.

If you can draw, have a beautiful voice to make some voice-overs, web design, graphics, writing fiction or academic papers, there is always someone somewhere looking for your service.

Freelancing is a faster option to start making some money on the internet. It is not as complicated as setting up your own business – just creating profiles on some freelancing sites, familiarise yourself with them and begin to provide your services.

List of Genuine Freelancing Sites

These are but a few freelancing websites you can get a job online. I will create a post about these websites later on here.


2. Earn online through blogging

Creating a blog is one of the best-known ways for anyone who is looking to make money online in Kenya and with an advantage. You can work from home, and you don’t have to work on it every day.

With blogging, you need to create good content that will make people visit your blog. You can then make money by display ads as well as receive a commission on advertised products that your readers buy. It is what we call Website Monetisationsation through affiliate programs.

You can contact me, and I can help set up a blog for you at a small fee.

Starting a blog is very easy, but to make money, you need a plan, time and great content that will drive traffic to your blog. A blog that receives traffic will make money for sure through the following ways:

  1. Advertising – Through Banner Ads from brands or Ad network such as Google Adsense.
  2. Affiliate Marketing – Placing affiliate link and referring your readers to particular sites and in return earning a commission from that.
  3. Sponsored Content
  4. Brand Mentions and many other ways of which I will discuss later. Make sure you follow us on Social Media to learn more.

You can start a free blog on or Later on, when you get the feel and flow of blogging, you can buy a domain and secure your hosting.

When you become a skilled blogger, you may want to take it a notch higher by starting a Micro-Niche website. A micro-niche site specialises in a  specific niche. For example, “dogs food”.

These types of blogs work well with affiliate marketing and can be a good source of income, but you need to be an advanced blogger to succeed in this.

3. Running a Content Marketing Agency

Another way for those who are wondering how to make money on the internet is the production of content for third parties.

Content Marketing is a definite trend in digital marketing, and many companies do not have a structure to generate content for their blogs, so they need third-party labour.

If you are good at writing and have notions of SEO – Search Engine Optimisationsation for Search Engines, this is an exciting option.

So how is content marketing helpful, well, a company like Slugline Media has a blog, and we update our blog regularly with content related to what we do? We use the posts for marketing ourselves as it has been proved a blog is an excellent way to generate traffic to websites.

You can also get paid to manage a Facebook page, creating relevant content to fans, seeking greater engagement with the audience. You can write texts, create photos or illustrations, share videos, finally, produce the most diverse content.

4. Become a Vlogger ( Video Production Online )

This method of making money in Kenya is becoming popular thanks to the power of social media and the low costs of video production.

If you like to produce videos, this is an area where you can make good money. Many people have found that YouTube & Facebook can turn into a great source of income through the monetisation of original videos produced and posted on their YouTube Channel or Facebook Page

A good example is Jalango and the comedians you follow on YouTube.

To make money as a Vlogger, you need viral video content or content that will get lots of views online. Your videos can be monetised on Facebook, Instagram or youtube.

Brands are also turning to the internet to look for Vloggers to work with, and you can work with them.

5. Create & sell info-products

Another way to make money on the net is by creating info-products. An info-product is any digital information that can be sold or otherwise made available in the form of downloadable file online.

These days, the development of infographics is one of the best-paid ventures online. That’s kind of content that quickly spreads on the internet, getting the fruits of viral publicity purposes.

You can create various types of info-products that can be developed as ebooks, online courses, manuals, textbooks, and software. This type of activity can be performed in a home-based model since it does not require physical space for production or storage.

With the tools available on the internet for dissemination of any digital product, writing eBooks can be a very lucrative business. One right way, for example, write an ebook and publish on Amazon. You provide your materials for a store that has millions of customers, and they pay up to 70% of royalties by direct wire transfer to your account. You can write a guide on anything or a thriller set in the 50s.

Not only that, but you can also write technical texts, reviews of products, stories, articles, advertising copy and the more you know or like. There is a demand for all this on the internet, especially for those who speak English.

6. Starting an eCommerce Business

E-commerce growth in Kenya is a fact. The market has grown 25% on average over the past five years and gives no cooling signal.

We have seen the most popular eCommerce websites how they began, and they started small. The number of Kenyans shopping online has increased, and there is low competition on the part of these shops.

First, you need to know what to sell on the internet. Give preference to niche markets to avoid competition from major players in the market. To succeed in this business; it is best to do proper research on e-commerce to have an accurate idea of what to do in this segment.

You don’t need to have the stock with you if you deliver, they call it dropshipping. Once an order comes in you, pass it over to your supplier to make the delivery.

The best way to start is to get on a hosted eCommerce platform like Shopify or if you want to build your store get Woocommerce which I will write about it in another article.

7. Sell on Marketplaces

Currently, you do not need the whole structure of a virtual store to sell over the internet. There are several marketplaces where you can sell your products without the need for an arrangement of e-commerce.

I know some people who use sites like Jumia, Masoko, eBay, Amazon, Alibaba and the likes from Kenya who sell their products worldwide. There you can sell whatever you want provided it is within the rules established by the site.

There is also a growing trend known as Dropshipping that is slowly coming to Kenya, where you only become a middleman between buyer and manufacturer.

8. Get funds from people online to work on your projects

There is a concept on the internet called Crowdfunding. Means sponsorship from the crowd, but in practice, it is a way to dilute the investment of a project to a large mass of people receiving rewards in return for the donation.

That is, a way to make others pay for you to realise your ideas. If you think that sounds crazy to know that there are projects that have grossed more than $ 10 million in a month. Here in Kenya, I know of startups and NGOs that have benefited from this practice. Never in history was so easy to turn an idea into reality and try to live that dream.

An example of places you can post your projects to get funding include; IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, 1% Club and Jumpstart Africa to name but a few.

9. Selling Courses Online

If you can teach why not take some courses online and earn money while at it? There are many platforms where you can sell your courses. These include; Udemy and Teachable where all you need to do is create an account and place your classes there.

10. Merch by Amazon

Amazon has this fantastic platform for selling t-shirts online. All you have to do is to apply and if approved make t-shirt designs and upload to the platform

Amazon will print the t-shirts and deliver to anyone who buys online, and you earn a commission from them.

For more information, Check out Merch by Amazon Website

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8 thoughts on “How to Make Money Online in Kenya in 2020”

  1. Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog centered on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some
    stories/information. I know my audience would enjoy your
    work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.


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