Starting a business in Kenya can be a risky endeavor, but it is a risk worth taking. With the current state of unemployment, a business can be a good idea for any youth to get into.
With business, you need to focus on the life that you could have if things go right instead of focusing on what might go wrong.
In today’s article, we will share with you 21 business opportunities you can start in Kenya as a Youth.
#1. Gift Wrapping Services
Gift wrapping services depend on your creativity to combine several items to make a good gift package for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, etc. All you need is creativity and wrapping materials.
Let’s say it’s a birthday package for a girl, think of a package with a chocolate bar, wine or celebration drink, flowers (with the petals covered with money), and a card with a sweet message. The wrapping should also show your creativity.
The benefit of this service is that you get to buy the items then wrap them and sell them at a higher price. You will also need to market your business through online platforms.
You can also give some influencers small gifts and ask them to market you through the package.
#2. Artificial Intelligence Business Opportunity
If you are into Artificial intelligence and keeping up with the latest technological trends, this might be a great one for you. You can make money from Artificial intelligence.
You need to learn more about this technology and get to share your knowledge with others who are into Artificial Intelligence. You can do this business whether you are a degree holder or not as long as you understand this technology well.
#3. Coding Lessons
You can learn how to code and how to create applications and make them a business. You can use your coding skills to teach other youths and children at a fee. As technology advances, the demand for coders is increasing too hence more developers.
If you a good with computers, then you can learn to code and make it a business by teaching others.
#4. Web Design Agency
If you have an eye for beauty and symmetry, web design can be the business for you. You can start a web design agency that will help business people in Kenya market their products on the internet.
Many Companies are now adopting technological marketing methods to help them reach out to millions of people in Kenya. You can grab this opportunity today and create attractive website designs for business people.
Blogging is one of the best yet one of the most popular businesses among the youth. With blogging, you get to build a personal brand and also make money. All you need is a website and a topic on which you will be blogging like traveling, cooking, marketing, etc.
Your content should be quality and engaging to your readers. The popular bloggers in Kenya earn between 200k-500k while a small blogger earns a minimum of 10k per month. That’s good money, right?
If you are interested in blogging in Kenya, you can read more here.
#6. Online Influencer
Most young people make good money as social media influencers. Being an influencer can feel like a hard one but think of tiktok stars who you didn’t know anything about 2 years ago.
I’m sure you have seen them now promoting businesses and products. Think about Instagram influencers. They work with brands as their brand ambassadors or their spokesperson.
To become a social media influencer, you need the following:
- Followers either Instagram or TikTok
- Be active and engaging
- Know what your personal brand is about.
#7. Teaching Language
If you know a language such as French, or any other foreign language, you can teach other people at a fee. You can start an online class where people are to pay a certain fee to access the classes.
Many people want to learn new languages which may be a requirement when looking for a job in a foreign country or just learning for fun. You can grab this opportunity and make money from it.
#8. Buying and Reselling Clothes
Buying clothes and reselling them at a profit is another excellent business opportunity in Kenya. Think of Gikomba for mitumba clothes or Eastleigh for new clothes.
You can go to those markets get the clothes at a wholesale price and sell them at a profit either online or find a physical location.
#9. Running Online Shop
As a young person, you can easily make money online. Almost everybody is now using a smartphone and so you can take that advantage and start an online shop and advertise your shop through Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This business is very flexible since you can work from anywhere.
#10. Photography and Videography
One of the best and most popular business opportunities for youths in Kenya is Photography and Videography. Although this sounds fun, it is more than just taking pictures and videos.
You should be able to capture really good images and this depends on your skills and the angles when capturing an image. You will also need to market your work with a good portfolio.
If you love photography then this might be your chance to give it atrial there are soo many clients, especially influencers who need to update their social media accounts with amazing pictures regularly.
#11. Investing in the Stock Market
Investing in the Stock Market is one of the best business opportunities in Kenya. This kind of business however requires a lot of research since you are dealing with money.
Once you open your account with one of the stockbrokers in Kenya you can then start buying highly-priced shares. To increase your investment chances of getting a high return, buy more than one share.
#12. Learn Cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are any form of currency that only exists digitally. This is the new money in Kenya. Cryptocurrency allows investors to make cashless transactions, receive payments from online businesses and make international payments.
Learn more about cryptocurrencies and start a business by making people aware of cryptocurrencies.
#13. Entertainment Business
The entertainment industry is broad since there are many job opportunities especially online and you can start with a minimal investment. You can get into comedy, dancing, or the music industry.
If you have a talent don’t sleep on it, get out there and make money out of it. You might, however, need some instruments, especially in the music industry or dance industry.
You can use platforms like TikTok, Facebook, and Youtube to get your talent noticed. Through the entertainment industry, you can also get opportunities such as being a brand ambassador or marketing.
Kenyans are everywhere on social media platforms especially TikTok and youtube and so becoming a YouTuber can be a great idea. With good content, you can make good money out of youtube.
You do not need any money to get started as a YouTuber. All you need is your Smartphone, natural light, and a free editing app like Inshot. As long as your idea is educative and highly searched or entertaining, you will gain subscribers.
With youtube, you have to be consistent and make sure your content is engaging. For you to receive payments from Youtube, you have to get to 1000 subscribers and have attained 4000 watch hours in the last 365 days.
The tricky part is always getting to your first 1000 subscribers so you have to market your channel first to gain your first 1000 subscribers. After that, you will be allowed to monetize your channel and your videos will be able to make some money for you.
Youtube will always pay you after every 28 days as long as you have earned $100 or 70 Euros. There are so many Kenyan YouTubers earning 100k per month in Kenya.
#15. Cleaning Services
This is a good business idea that does not require any skills as long as you can clean well you are good to get started.
Some Kenyans are too busy to get time to do the cleaning in their home and soo you can offer this suffers to them. You can also offer your cleaning services to offices around you.
All you will need are detergents and cleaning equipment. With determination, you can grow into a big cleaning company. I’m sure you have seen some of these companies in Kenya.
#16. Homemade Soaps & Scented Candles
Making organic soaps and scented candles can be a great business opportunity for youth in Kenya.
All you will need are the ingredient for making organic soap and a scented candle to get started. You can sell the soap or candles to people in your locality or through an online shop.
You can make a good profit from this business. Find a supplier today and get started with your business.
#17. Virtual Assistant
A virtual Assistant provides professional administrative, technical or social assistance to their clients remotely. Many business owners prefer delegating work to virtual assistants to hiring full-time employees. This helps them reduce how much they spend on salaries and taxes.
There are so many virtual assistant jobs that you can do in Kenya. Some of the common tasks include administration, accounting, social media marketing, and even making travel arrangements among others.
You can find clients on Upwork and fiver. One advantage of being a virtual assistant is that you can serve clients globally and decide how much to charge.
#18. Start a Podcast
If you are good at storytelling you can do great as a podcast host. A podcast is an audio show with new episodes released regularly that you can download or listen to online.
Podcasts have different formats such as interviews with successful people, discussions on social issues, entertainment, or hot gossip in town. You can just record from your house and then distribute them on platforms like iTunes and SoundCloud.
Share all your episodes on your social media accounts. You can as well have a co-host which makes it even more interesting to listen. With time you can start making money through advertisements, affiliate marketing, and even sponsorships.
#19. Investing in Crowdfunded Real Estate Projects
Real estate crowdfunding is an alternative way of investing in real estate projects in which young people can involve. with crowdfunded real estate projects, small amounts of money are pooled from many people to finance a property. As an investor, you can get equity or interest paid at a specific rate.
Through crowdfunding, ordinary people can make money from large-scale projects with little capital. You can get these services on platforms such as Fundrise, Rich Uncles, and Realty Africa.
Dropshipping is a production and distribution model where you sell goods to customers without the need for an intermediary such as a wholesaler or retailer.
This simply means you can purchase items in bulk at wholesale prices and then resell them online at a profit. When a customer places an order, you just contact the supplier who ships the product directly to your client.
Here is an article How To Start Dropshipping In Kenya [Step By Step]
#21. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is a great way to make money in Kenya as a youth. This is a process where you promote someone’s product or service and get a commission when someone you referred purchases the product.
There are so many affiliate programs so you will need to find the right one for you. You can promote the program through social media, your website, or even through word of mouth. You need to build trust with your audience and that’s how they will even trust a product you recommend to them
There are many business opportunities for youth in Kenya from which they can build a successful business. The above 21 business opportunities are just some of those businesses.
So if you are a Youth in Kenya looking for a way to make money in Kenya, there are many options you can choose from. The most important thing is to identify the best business opportunity that suits your skills, talents, and your interests.
With the right approach, you can start and grow your business to very great levels. We hope this article has helped you gain the courage you needed to build a successful business.