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Job hunting is emotionally draining, not to mention stressful. Having to deal with the cost of printing CVs, rent, and everything else in-between takes its toll. And to make it even harder to get a job nowadays, you need to know the right people.

But what if there was another way to earn money? What if you could make a good living to support yourself and your family without ever leaving your house? 

Interested? Want to know more? 

Read on to find out about online jobs in Kenya, and how to get started.

Why Work Online?

Imagine if you could work in any office, in any part of the world. 

Well, you don’t have to use your imagination anymore — in the virtual world, you have access to endless possibilities in employment opportunities. That’s why online is the best place to look for employment. 

The best part is that you can earn in multiple currencies, so, whatever the rate of your work, you’ll be covered. 

What Are Your Work From Home Online Options in Kenya?

Online Transcription and Captioning

This job involves listening to audio or watching videos, then typing out what you hear. 

You don’t need any particular qualification; you just have to understand what the speakers say and type it out — fast.

Several transcription companies accept Kenyans. To find jobs, you have to apply to each company. They will give you a two-part test which you must pass to be accepted. 

The first part of the test usually involves testing your grammar skills, while the last part will be transcription. Here are some tips on how to pass it:

  • Read and follow the instruction guidelines to the letter. 
  • Listen to the audio several times. 
  • Proofread to make sure your transcription is error-free
  • Research all spellings on Google.  

Following is a list of some sites accepting Kenyan transcribers:

Transcription jobs pay anything from KSh 20 to KSh 50 per audio minute. That means your payment will be about KSh 200 – KSh 500 for each 10-minute audio you complete. 

The goal is to improve your speed and efficiency, so you can put in more audio minutes and earn KSh1000 or more each day.

To start transcribing, you will need a computer and headphones. Once you start getting paid, you can gradually upgrade to get more tools to improve your work output

To get to top transcriber status, you should have fantastic English skills — check out this great course at Small Revolution to take your skills up a couple of notches.

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Freelance Writing

If you can string together a couple of English sentences with impeccable grammar, then you can make some headway in freelance writing. You can choose to write newsletters, blog posts, articles, and many other writing deliverables.

Starting requirements? 

There aren’t any, really. Apart from investing in yourself by taking a few courses to bring yourself up to speed with everything freelance writing, there’s not much else you’ll need.

Freelance writing jobs are everywhere on the internet. To kick start your career, just start writing and posting your work; it’s as simple as that.

But how and where do I post? 

Networking sites like LinkedIn will allow you to post your writing free of charge. So, if you don’t already have a profile, you should create one. 

Medium is another site where you can post your content. 

All you have to do is research, get the best training, start writing, and post your content online. Once you have a portfolio, you are ready to start looking for work. 

You can find freelance writing jobs on job boards like:

  • Upwork
  • People per hour
  • Fiverr
  • Legiit
  • GoLance

Freelance writing is one of the more lucrative online jobs in Kenya; many people are making a decent income doing it. According to Payscale, Kenyan freelance writers earn approximately KSh 216,000 per month
Can’t wait to start earning? Start your course today, and get all the tools you need to succeed.

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Virtual Assistant

Company executives don’t have the time to manage their businesses and do all the admin work themselves. As such, the opportunity exists for efficient multitaskers to become virtual assistants for business people.

The job entails doing many different tasks as assigned, including:

  • Preparing reports
  • Writing
  • Social media management
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Taking minutes and providing feedback
  • Bookkeeping

To get started working as a VA, you will need to apply for jobs. Here are some sites you can begin with:

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr
  • Kuhustle
  • Fuzu

Because of the lower barriers to entry, the virtual assistant world can be somewhat cutthroat. To get around this, you need to position yourself as the best and become it. 

You can earn about KSh300 – KSh500 per hour as a virtual assistant in Kenya. Get this virtual assistant course and start training to help you unlock your earning potential. 

Work-From-Home Voice Over Jobs 

Voice over work involves voicing or acting out narrations for audiobooks, television adverts, or video games. While some require a studio, you can also find jobs that you can do from home. 

If you have a good, pleasant-sounding voice, this job might be for you.

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You don’t need any qualifications to do this. To get started, you will need to buy the following equipment: 

  • Microphone
  • Headphones
  • Editing Software

Here’s where you can find online jobs:

  • Fiverr
  • Upwork
  • Voices.com
  • Voice Bunny

Voice over salaries range from KSh 2,000 to over KSh 10,000 per hour. So if you work for a couple of hours every day, you could potentially make over KSh 50,000.

Online Teaching

Teaching remains one of the noblest professions, and it’s also another avenue you can use to make money online. The good thing is that while traditional qualifications might come to your aid, they are not completely necessary. 

You can teach any subject online at any level. 

A basic Google search will give you a list of sites where you can apply. Some examples of teaching/tutoring sites that accept Kenyans include:

  • Chegg
  • TutorVista
  • Skooli
  • TutorMe
  • MathElf

To get into the above sites, you need to either be a student or have a university education.

You can also teach language online. To do this, you need to register with a language learning online company to teach English as a second language. 

Here are some sites that accept non-native teachers:

  • Bizmates
  • Engo
  • Italki
  • FluentBe

To ensure you will get more opportunities, you will need a TEFL or TESOL qualification. That shouldn’t be a problem to get — you can even find heavily discounted courses on Groupon and take a class for as little as KSh 2,500. 

If you need help with your English skills, start with a basic English skills course

Thanks to a certain lion, Swahili has become quite popular around the world. You can teach Swahili online, on platforms like:

  • Amazing Talker
  • Native Monks
  • Italki

Teaching jobs pay anything from KSh 200 an hour to upwards of KSh 2,000 per hour. You can make a good living from teaching jobs. 

To sum it up, making a living from online jobs is not only possible, but is now the reality for many in Kenya. With job opportunities becoming harder to come by, your best bet is to switch to the online world.

With nothing more than a laptop and an internet connection, you can start making good money. 

To give yourself an edge and become competitive in the online field, join Small Revolution and get access to a wide array of courses designed to equip you with all the skills you need to start making money online.

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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.