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Mention that you work online, and everyone automatically assumes you’re a writer.

Sure, writing is one of the most popular jobs with Kenyans who work online, but it’s just but one of the many options.

The online freelancer movement extends beyond writing-related jobs.

Work from home online jobs cover just about any task that can be carried out over the internet.

With careful research, you can cash in on just about any set of skills you may have.

The skills and requirements vary between the jobs, with some such as writing and coding sitting on the higher end of the scale.

Kumake it online sio lazima degree ama kuiva kilami.

Hapa ni grit, kujiamini, and kujenga skills.

Here is a collection of some of the online jobs that pay good money to anyone willing to put in the time and work.

Writing Web Content

Writing is the easiest way to make money when working from home, even for a greenhorn.

You only need to refine your writing skills and subject authority to get started.

If your skills are up to scratch, you can source writing gigs from dedicated job sites such as

As a content writer, you will be helping bloggers, companies, and businesses create fresh content for their website.

The client often supplies you with a topic and writing guidelines.

You only need to research and compile the article following the client’s instructions to get paid.

You’re likely to write on just about any topic under the sun when starting out, but you can niche down into a few areas of interest with time.

There’s no universal pay structure, and the amount of money you earn depends on your skills and the calibre of clients you’re dealing with.

Most clients have a soft spot for Kenyan writers who are willing to compensate them handsomely for their time.

However, you’re likely to run into clients looking to pay as low as $1 or $2 for 500 words.

Budaa…. Hiyo pesa ni kidogo sana wachana nayo.

But hold on.

Clients who offer low rates often compensate with volume and have enough work to keep you busy for months.

Tackling five pieces a day for five days at $2 amounts to Ksh 5,000 weekly or Ksh 20,000 a month.

It’s not much, but it’s a start.

As you grow and hone your skills, you can command rates well over $10 or $20 for 500 words.

At this rate, 10 pieces net you a cool 10,000 or 20,000 shillings a week.

Some high-profile freelancers in Kenya command as much as $100 for articles of 500 words.

Creating YouTube Videos

Have you ever wondered why your favourite YouTube channels such as Njugush and Buda in Shawt are teeming with content?

That’s because there’s a proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

YouTube offers people one of the easiest ways to make money on the internet.

You only need to create a free account, identify your target audience, and populate the channel with relevant content.

Better yet, you don’t need a background in videography or even an expensive camera to get started.

A smartphone with a good camera is enough to launch your YouTube career.

YouTube provides every user with a studio equipped with editing tools to let you cut and edit your footage.

That’s in addition to a host of excellent tutorials to help you get started.

With enough practice, you can churn out professional-grade videos in no time.

Needless to say, your target audience determines the content you will create. However, you must double down on research, as YouTube success is a numbers game.

You need a lot of eyeballs to make money off your YouTube channel, often in hundreds of thousands.

Speaking of money, Michelle Anyango, a Kenyan YouTuber, was kind enough to open up about how much money she earns. She admitted to making $140 after one of her more popular videos hit 300,000 views.

At first glance, that amount seems like a pittance.

However, bear in mind that a YouTube channel follows a set-it-and-forget-it business model, making it a passive source of income.

Once you’ve created a video, you can earn from it for years to come as long as it’s hosted on YouTube.

You must be admitted into the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) to make any money from the video-sharing site.

This is known as monetising a YouTube channel.

You need at least 1,000 subscribers and a total viewership of 4,000 hours a year to be eligible for YPP.

Monetising a YouTube Channel entails connecting an AdSense account to the channel to let advertisers place advertisements on it.

You get paid when someone watches the ad – yes, those annoying ads at the beginning of the YouTube video.

Working as a Virtual Assistant

Due to a surge in startups and online businesses, virtual assistants are one of the most popular online freelancing jobs.

Business executives and entrepreneurs rely on virtual assistants to help them run and manage their companies.

By handling some of the smaller tasks, virtual assistants help entrepreneurs focus on the core tasks crucial to growing their enterprises.

As a virtual assistant, you’re charged with tasks such as handling customer complaints, providing customer support, and answering calls and emails.

Since you’ll be working in the capacity of a personal assistant, the duties vary between clients.

Some roles are generalised while others, such as web design, bookkeeping, and legal assistants, call for specialised skills.

You only need to be computer savvy to get started with some of the general virtual assistant roles.

In case you need some further training, check out some virtual assistant training courses available on the internet.

If you’re not too sure where to start, be sure to check out VA forum for in-depth insights from remote assistants spread across the world.

In these forums, you can meet, socialise, and network with seasoned professionals.

Such forums make an excellent source of information and can help answer most of your questions.

You get to learn from people’s experience, understand expected income, and narrow down the most sought-after skills.

Exposure to industry trends can help you pick the most profitable area of specialisation.

As a virtual assistant, you’re likely to be paid by the hour or per individual project. You may even work on a retainer.

It all depends on the client and the terms of your agreement. Some clients are open to negotiation, and you can settle on the most favourable payment method.

Working as an Online Tutor

Online learning is becoming a hit with many people, as it affords them the convenience of learning at their own pace.

If you have a particular set of skills or knowledge that is in-demand, you can make a good chunk of money by teaching other people.

Although teachers make the best picks, these opportunities are open to just about anyone.

English tutors are in high demand across the world, and numerous online companies are looking to hire English teachers from Kenya.

Some companies have stringent requirements, including a degree in English and TEFL certifications.

Other companies are laxer and will hire anyone who makes it through their recruitment process, which might include written tests and online interviews.

As an online tutor, you’ll hold virtual classes with students, often school-going children looking to learn English as a second language.

In addition to an exceptional command of the English language and teaching skills, you’ll need a stable internet connection and a computer with a camera.

English tutoring jobs are the most common, but you can teach any other school subject and students of all ages.

However, since English is the medium of communication, you need an excellent command of the language to thrive and excel in this sector.

You have the potential of earning anywhere from $7 to $22 an hour as an online tutor. The pay depends on the company, your skills, and teaching experience.

Join the Online Freelancer Movement Today

The options highlighted here are just the tip of the iceberg as far as work from home opportunities go.

With the right skills and training, you can take charge of your career, finances, and create a better life for you and your family.

If you’re not sure where to start, make your first point of call.

Check out the available jobs on the job board or upload your freelancer CV and grow your chances of landing a lucrative client.

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I'm Katrina McKinnon, founder of McKinnon Group and Small Revolution. I'm using my 20 years' experience in building and operating online businesses to create engaging educational materials that helps others become successful online workers. Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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