Have you ever been in a tight spot that you just needed to make money so fast?
Regardless of where it came from, you’d just take it and not ask questions! Have you?
Me I have been.
And my situation was so tight that if I did not get a lot of money fast, I’d lose everything.
I tried all types of loans – not realising that each time that I was approved, I welcomed more trouble.
Months later, I was so serious in debt that I could not even visit my favourite hangout joints or just join the my friends for drinks.
Why you ask?
Because I owned every f***king person I knew. The worst part, I did not know when I’d pay them back to regain my normal life.
It took getting a new job and a bit of frugal living to get back to my feet.
And from my experience I say – the best way to stay out of debt is to start working now. Only borrow when you have a viable repayment plan.
Otherwise, work for your money
7 easy ways to make money quickly
If you are in a situation like mine and you are thinking; how do I pay my debts to start afresh? My best advice, don’t take more loans or borrow from more friends.
Rather, start doing these easy online jobs to earn your money.
1. Join Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you promote someone else’s product online for a share of their profits.
There are thousands of affiliate marketing opportunities in the world but if you narrow down to Kenya; you’ll find these as the most popular affiliate programs around.
List of Genuine Affiliate Marketing Opportunities for Kenyans
- Jumia Affiliate – eCommerce
- Kilimall Affiliate – eCommerce
- Topserve Affiliate – for baking appliances and cakes
- Vituzote Affiliate – for garden, kitchen items and appliances
- Betin Kenya Affiliate – if you’d like to promote sports
- True Host Affiliate – For Web Hosting
- Travelstart Kenya – if you’d like to promote travel destinations and bookings
- Kenya Pesa – Mobile transfer service
- Kingfin – to promote Olymp Trade
- Skrill Affiliate – Online Money Transfer
- Payoneer Affiliate – Online Money Transfer & Banking
Note: – This list is not exhausted.
If you want more affiliate marketing opportunities just google the niche or company which you are interested in + “Affiliate Program”
When you register you will get a special link that identifies you to the company or individual whose products you are promoting.
You get paid when clients use your link to purchase.
Blogging may not be the quickest way to make money online but is is actually the only scale-able online gig that can lead you to financial freedom.
As a blogger you will earn money by writing promoted content for companies who resonate with your website. You can also blend affiliate links in your posts to make money when your readers take action. And/Or make money by selling advert spaces on your website or integrating ad networks like google adsense.
But How Much Does it Cost to Start a Blog in Kenya?
Cost of starting a new blog depends on various factors
Factors like: – if you will be doing the set up by yourself or if someone else will be doing it for you. And maybe the hosting package that you want to start with.
Personally, I started this website with Ksh. 1,599 only (recurring yearly).
My $1.5 proved to be the greatest investment because I earned back $19 within the first two weeks of inception.. And I continue to earn stable income to date.
I’m now setting up more blogs on different niches because I have already tasted the money and I know how it feels. Check out my new website at Healthy Frankie dot com.
How Much Does it Cost To Run a Blog?
Running a blog costs nothing but time – at least 2 hours daily.
How Much Do Bloggers Make in Kenya?
Most bloggers make between Ksh. 15,000 and Ksh. 30,000; but those are the lazy ones who just set up new websites post irregular content with affiliate links hopping to earn when God wills.
There are however blogs in Kenya making more that Ksh. 1,000,000 a month. I did an analysis of the few good ones and compiled my report here. Read when you find time.
Interested in blogging? I’ll help you set up your website for free – Just click here to pay for your hosting on bluehost then send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll gladly set you up for free.
3. Start Doing Online Freelance Jobs to Make Money Fast
Online Freelance jobs require no capital to start and the majority of Kenyans working as online freelancers make close to Ksh. 50,000 monthly doing what they love.
As a freelance writer in Kenya, I made $450 in my fast month. Now I can make $1,000 or more writing for money.
To start working on these gigs, you’ve got to identify which freelance job you’d be good at and that you can still do with passion even when it starts getting monotonous and boring.
Here’s a list of freelance jobs that you can do from home in Kenya
- Transcription – this online job involves the conversion of audio files into written documents.
- Online Writing – Can be divided into different categories e.g – article writing, article rewriting, ghost writing, academic writing, writing blog posts… name it. You may need some specialty to get well paying writing jobs in Kenya. Read this post for free online freelancing courses.
- Data Entry
- Online Survey jobs
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – This is where you help propel websites or blogs to rank high in search engines
- Web design and development jobs
- Translation Jobs
- Online Tutor Jobs
Note: – It is impossible to list all the online jobs in this post. However, I’ll give you another valuable resource.
Where to find freelance online jobs
Register with content milling sites: –
- Academia research
- Falcon writers
- Stack overflow
4. Start an eCommerce Business to Make Money Fast
Hard as it is to believe, you’ll only need an operational website to start.
The rest of the things – like products to sell and where to source products from aren’t even important because:
- You don’t need to own the products to have them on your eCommerce website; you can drop-ship or decide to only promote affiliate products from jumia, kilimall and amazon.
I also use eCommerce pages in all my websites to maximize earnings and to recommend products to my readers.
This is an example of an eCommerce from on my newest website – Healthy Frankie – for fitness and wellness
Ps. If you are interested in having your own ecommerce website website; just comment below this post with I want an eCommerce website and I’ll set you up for free. Just make sure you purchase your hosting from bluehost and I’ll help you do the rest.
5. Publish Your Book on Kindle to Make Money
Everyone is a writer in Kenya.
In high school we write composition and insha for both Swahili and English languages. And we strive and become so good that even long after formal education, we can still write interesting stories on our social networks and connect with our friends.
If you are such an individual, compile all your social media jokes or blog posts into an eBook and publish in Kindle.
The eBook can be about anything. As long as it is valuable, people will buy.
You will take up to to 70% of the sale if you list the book between £1.49 and £6.99
6. Buy and Sell Domain Names
I have never considered domain flipping as a viable business idea.
At least not until last week when I was searching for a fresh name for my newest health and fitness website and I bumped into Helthysol.com.
It is still available for purchase – problem is; the person who owns it sells for $3,495.
But, did you know that the standard cost of a .com domain is $5.7 only?
Meaning, if the person who owns healthysol.com bought it for the standard price; he’ll makeover $3,489 if he sells it now.
You can also join the domain flipping business now and hope to hold a domain name which someone else really wants and you’ll make a kill.
7. Make & Post Videos on Youtube
Think of any video content developer. Either in comedy, health, fitness, music, tech… name it.
Why do you think they are constantly making videos and posting on youtube? Do you think it is because they enjoy looking funny and stupid in front of the world?
Now try to reason like a hater; why do youtube channel owners keep pestering people to watch their videos and to subscribe to the youtube channels?
Simple, it is because Youtube pays artists a percentage of revenue collected in advertising per 1000 views.
Your channel can earn you so much money if it goes viral; if you have very many subscribers and if the topic you’re covering is valuable.