There are many online jobs for students in Kenya today. However, finding a genuine “side hustle” has proven to be a difficulty to many. A huge number of students have wasted money investing in pyramid shims which fail in the end leaving them without compensation.
Although some students receive HELB loans, the amount is sometimes too little to meet all their requirements forcing them to look for ways to earn extra money.
The need to attain financial freedom at the campus has led t an increased demand for online jobs. These are jobs that students can do anytime and anywhere provided they have an internet connection. But, which online jobs are legit?
In this article, I have outlined top online jobs that are legit and favourable to students.
Online jobs for students in Kenya
The following are some of the online jobs for students in Kenya. Please choose one that you have interest in for you to succeed.
1. Writing jobs
This is the most popular “hustle” around universities. In writing, you have to choose to either major in academic writing or go for articles writing. The skills required for this job are simple; excellence in English, good at typing and time management.
To start writing, you need to sign up to websites that offer writing services. These websites include Zerrys, Writerbay, Writershub, Upwork, Elance and others. Also as a writer, you can choose to work directly with clients.
The rates at which you get paid for work done varies depending on the site you are using. Some sites pay per word while others pay per page of work done. However, most websites pay an average of $5 per page or Ksh. 1 per word. The payments are usually delivered through online money transfer platforms such as PayPal.
2. Skill-based Freelancing
Freelancing simply means finding jobs in different websites in areas that you have specialized in. Freelancing is almost similar to Virtual assistance but there is more freedom in freelancing than in Virtual assistance.
With freelancing, one can choose to either be a freelance graphics designer, a freelance programmer or any other field that they have interest in. Some websites you can choose to start from are Fivver, Elance and Upwork.
3. Online Paid opinions
All you need to start giving opinions and getting paid online is having a phone that has can access the internet. For some surveys, you will be required to download the app to receive the tasks you are required to respond to.
Once your opinion has been submitted, you will receive payment either in form of cash or redeemable points that you can use to purchase items.
Geopol, which is an online survey company pays respondents through Mpesa or airtime. Also, Streetbees is a site that offers a cash payment to those who take part in their surveys. Unlike Geopol, Streetbees pays through Paypal.
Earning on Geopol involves easy tasks such as taking pictures of photographs and uploading them to the website as instructed. Online surveys, take very little of your time to make the money you need.
4. Social media influencer
This is a way of making money out of your presence on social media. When you optimize your social media accounts, whether it is Instagram, facebook or twitter, companies will approach you for advertisement. You might be approached directly or through a third party to advertise a given product or event for a company to your social media followers.
With this kind of job, all you need is a good reputation, ability to influence followers and a phone or computer with internet access. Creativity is also important because these jobs are very competitive but pay very well.
Blogging is almost similar to online writing. But, with blogging, you have to choose a specific topic and establish a niche. Your blog can either be about money, fashion or politics depending on what you like to do.
Also, blogging requires you to open your own blogging site. Sites such as WordPress offer free blog publishing services. However, you can monetize your blog and start earning from advertising programs such as Google AdSense.
Traffic generated on your site will be used to determine whether you qualify for the add or not. Earning depend on the type of advert. Cost per click advertisements earns you money every time a visitor of your blog clicks on the advert while cost per impression adverts pay every time a visitor on your blog views the add.
If you have good traffic, firms will directly or indirectly approach you to sell their products for them. Also. writing sponsored content helps you earn money directly. Posting links to other sites earn you money through affiliate marketing.
6. Virtual assistant
Being a virtual assistant means you will be helping others manage their tasks without being physically present. Virtual assistant tasks include replying to emails, designing blogs, and web research. Virtual assistant opportunities are available for freelance sites such as Elance.
Virtual assistant jobs can either be full time or a one time task. The skills required for this job include proficiency in English, good communication skills, and the ability to type. All you need to work as a Virtual Assistant is a mobile phone or computer that has access to the internet.
7. Online Tutoring
There are websites such as TransTutors and Buddy School which offer opportunities for online tutoring. As long as you have teaching skills, you can choose a subject you have majored in and start earning from these sites.
8. Transcribing jobs
Transcribing involves the conversion of audio files into written form. The skill you need for this job include Time management, quality listening skills and the ability to type fast.
Sites that offer transcribing jobs include Scribble, Transcribeme, Speecpad, and Odesk.
Creating video content for platforms like Youtube can earn you some good money as a part-time hustle. To start vlogging, all you need is to open a youtube channel. Just like in blogging, you will have to link your channel with advertising agencies to start earning from adverts.
Creating quality content increases your viewership making it possible for you to sell your merchandise through the channel. Posting sponsored content can also increase your earnings.
10. Data Entry
Data entry involves tasks such as filling forms, general typing or copy-pasting content from one source to another. It can either be part-time or a full-time job depending on the employer. There are no specific sites that offer Data Entry jobs but many companies offer these jobs through their websites.
11. App Testing
You can be part of those who use apps before they are released to the market and give feedbacks. These jobs are available on freelance websites such as UpWork and offer good payments.
12. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing simply means selling other peoples products and getting a commission from the sales made. Affiliate marketing can be a very easy way of making money if you have large social media following.
To be successful in Affiliate marketing, you have to be outgoing and willing to help people before asking them to buy your products.
13. Be an online vendor
You can decide to sell anything online. Whether it is stuff that you don’t use or new stock. Platforms such as OLX provide you with an opportunity to sell second-hand items that you no longer need. Also, you can sell new items such as shoes and dresses through social media platforms.
14. E-Book writing
This is where you utilize your creativity and writing skills to create original content. E-books are then sold online through platforms such as Amazon.
You can either write fictional E-books or factual books. If you have knowledge about something, you can create an ebook about the topic that you know.
15. Forex Trading
With a little capital and training, you can venture into online forex trading. Trading online is faster and one gets payments through mobile money platforms such as Mpesa.
Forex trading is available on websites such as CFC Stanbic Bank’s iTrader. The advantage of online Forex trading is that it is easy to buy and sell and there is also minimal chances of being conned.
16. Sports Betting
If you love sports, you can make money by placing bets on teams that are likely to win. Although this is a risky option, you can earn good money by placing bets after analyzing the games properly.
Online betting companies such as Sportpesa give you a chance to win a lot of money if the bets you place turn out successful.
17. Create your own website
A lot of product marketing is done through the internet today. Many business owners are looking for websites on which to market their items. If you have your own website and it has enough traffic, these sellers will definitely look for you for advertisements.
Creating a blog is one way of increasing traffic on your website.
18. Content re-writing jobs
The difference between writing and content rewriting is that in content rewriting you are given content to manipulate and make it look different.
Content rewriting jobs are available on freelance platforms such as Upwork. With Content rewriting, you can be given an already existing document and told to create a document of similar information but in a different style.
19. Selling E-books
You can purchase many books online and re-sell them to people through social platforms. A book purchased with a given amount can be shared with different people through WhatsApp or Facebook at a fee.
Since many people do not have the money to buy original copies online, You can sell the books to them in the form of pdf files at a cheaper price.
20. Become a mobile money services agent
Almost all telecommunication companies in Kenya offer money transfer services. These services require a physical agent for deposit and withdrawal purposes.
You can apply to be either Mpesa, Airtel Money or any other services agent. It is possible for one to be an agent for all the networks. Serving more than one platform increases your commissions.
Having an income generating activity while at school will not only earn you extra money but will also keep you out of trouble such as drugs and crime. Now that you have a list of the top online job opportunities to choose from, you can make good use of your free time and earn as you wait for your classes.