How to make money online as a student in Kenya

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How to make money online as a student in Kenya


Money is every student’s dream. So in this guide, I will show how to make money online as a student in Kenya - all these are genuine ways to earn real money in Kenya for students.

Note that I shall mainly focus on online methods you can pursue to supplement the pocket money you get from your parent/guardian, your HELB cash, and more.

Let’s dive in:

How to make money online as a student in Kenya

Here is how to make money online as a student in Kenya:

1. Earn Vlogging from YouTube

YouTube has over time grown to be a huge media powerhouse and there are dozens of ways to make money from the platform when you don’t have lessons.

In a nutshell, if you’re talented in making funny videos, pranking your friends, painting, cooking, dancing- basically any talent/skill under the sun- you should consider starting a YouTube channel.

You just require is a smartphone or a decent camera to shoot videos of yourself and boom! You’re on Youtube! 

2. Make money Blogging in Kenya

Blogging is one of the friendliest ways of making money online around the world.

In blogging, you start a website then load relevant and interesting content.

Once you get enough traffic, you can monetize the website through Ads (Google Adsense can be a good starting point), promoting other company’s product as an affiliate (Jumia, Amazon, eBay, etc.), selling your own digital products (like an app), and more. 

3. Make money writing

Always enjoyed writing? Well, your writing skills can unlock boatloads of opportunities to make money as a student.

Simply decide if you’d like to be writing articles (or blog posts) for websites or doing academic writing- here you write essays, term papers, letters of intent, tests and assignments, etc. for students (some call it Online Tutoring).

Once you have chosen the route you’d like to take, you can start hunting for online writing jobs on global platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr or even job boards such as ProBlogger.

In short, good writing skills can make you serious cash online and can be the perfect side hustle for university students in Kenya as well as college students.

4. Work as a Transcriber

Online freelance transcriptionists are essentially skilled typists who simply listen to audio files and convert them to text (you simply type what is being said).

Transcription jobs range from transcribing recorded interviews/focus groups to podcasts and lectures.

Companies that hire- you need good typing speed and the ability to follow laid-out transcription rules- include Rev.com, TransribeMe, CastingWords, and more.

5. Become an online Reseller to make cash online as a student

You can be hunting for items that are selling at a bargain on websites like Jiji (formerly Olx) and PigiaMe then re-advertise them at a profit on the same websites.

If you make your ads more persuasive than the original sellers, shoppers are likely to buy from you- they send you the money, you proceed to deduct your margin before sending the ‘real’ seller the balance.

Of course, you must follow up with the seller to make sure they ship the item to the delivery address of your buyer.

It’s that simple!

How to make money online as a student in Kenya – other profitable online opportunities

  • Become a Social Media Influencer– This is one of the easiest ways to make money online for students in Kenya. You’ll, however, need a massive army of followers on your Social Media accounts so keep inviting peers to like and follow you online.
  • Become a Virtual Assistant (VA)– A VA is like an office secretary because you do myriad tasks, for example, keeping an online diary, replying to emails, managing social media accounts, preparing presentations, answering calls, and more for small business owners. You may go for training.
  • Offer Translation Services– If you’re multi-lingual, you can make cash through offering translation services in Kenya and abroad. You translate/interpret websites, apps, documents, and other diverse content from one language to languages clients want for pay.
  • App Development- If you’re taking an ICT course and you are confident of your app development skills, you can Google for app development jobs and apply. Trust me: programmers are always on demand.
  • Web Development- If you can’t yet build apps/software, consider websites development. You’ll be coding websites using languages such as PHP or building simple sites on content management systems like WordPress and Joomla.
  • Become a digital marketer- Your work will be to push products online. Most companies need expertise in Google ads and Facebook Paid Media Campaigns to recruit you. 
  • Look for Data entry jobs– This again requires fast typing speed and proficiency in spreadsheets applications like Ms Excel and Google Sheets. You may also need to have knowledge in the other software in the Ms Office suite. The tasks include general typing, converting various images to text, copy-pasting data from a given source to another, etc. Jobs are available on numerous freelancing platforms- UpWork, Remoteco, FlexJobs, We Work Remotely, and more.
  • Test Apps and websites for pay- Developers need people to help test their apps and websites and pinpoint errors/bugs. You could be that person. 
  • Become an online Graphic Designer- Creative students (those who can work with Photoshop, Corel Draw, and Illustrator) can look for online design jobs. You may be contracted to create a banner, logo, poster, brochure, social media ad, etc. Jobs are found on sites such as Upwork, PayPerHour, and Fiverr.

Simplest ways to earn money online in Kenya for students

  • Sell Your Notes– Another way students earn money in Kenya is by selling soft-copy course notes to their peers on Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram, and more. This is surely one of the most straightforward ways to earn money online.
  • Sell EBooks for Money– You can buy eBooks to resell too. Look for bulk EBook sellers on FaceBook and strike a deal to get started. The best part? Very little capital is needed.
  • Earning through Surveys- Sign up on Survey sites such as Swagbucks and Opinion police and earn from your phone. You’re sent questionnaires on various topics to complete for pay. The pay is not that great but it can be worth it for students with loads of free time.

Wrap up

If you’re studying and occasionally broke, consider the above online jobs for students in Kenya. You’ll need a computer (for most of them) and a reliable internet connection.

Be sure to organize your schedule so that you get time to work and to study as well.

And please take them seriously- they sometimes pay well than formal jobs and may turn out to be rewarding full-time gigs once you finish college.

Good luck.

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