10 side hustles that will make you rich in Kenya


There are many side hustles in Kenya but only a few of them can make you rich. We have singled out a total of 10 side hustles which many people ignore but they are the most lucrative. These side hustles can eventually become full time hustles if their returns are decent.

In the modern world, if you don’t have any side hustle, it’s hard to become rich. It’s therefore important to identify something you can do when free that can supplement the income from your full time job.

Below is a list of 10 side hustles to do in Kenya to become rich:

  • Run a YouTube channel

Create a YouTube channel and post content on regular basis. If you have passion for creating good videos, you’ll become rich within two years. Eve Mungai , Lynn Ngugi and Thee Pluto are among Kenyans who have become so rich within a short time. Eve Mungai started her YouTube channel in 2020 and within a year, she was making Ksh1.5 million per month.

To start earning from your channel, it must be 12 months only with 4,000 watch time hours and at least 1,000 subscribers.YouTubers earn money through AdSense and sponsored content.

  • Affiliate marketing

We have so many people making millions of shillings monthly through affiliate marketing. Though in Kenya not many people are doing affiliate marketing, there are a couple of guys making over Ksh1 million monthly. Sportpesa betting, web hosting and eCommerce sites are the industries with the best affiliate marketing programs.

Affiliate marketing companies pays marketers commissions. A company like 22Bet pays 25% to 45% of the total income they receive from the players you refer to them.

  • Blogging

Another way of becoming rich in Kenya is by blogging. Create your own blog, post content and monetize it.You will struggle for the first one or two years but eventually break even when traffic increases. More than 500 bloggers in Kenya make over Ksh100, 000 monthly.

Bloggers earn money through affiliate marketing, AdSense, MGID, sponsored posts, selling their own products and direct banner ads.

I know a number of blogs making more than Ksh 1 million per month, they include Tuko News, Kenyans, Ghafla and Venas News

  • Academic writing

Academic writing is also a decent venture, it can act as a perfect side hustle. Own your own accounts and employ people to work for you. In a month, you’ll make more than Ksh 300,000 especially during high season.

  • Start a profitable business

Look for a profitable business to do even when employed. At the moment, you can start a PlayStation business, run a hardware shop or own a wines & Spirits shop. Those are some of the most profitable businesses at the moment.

  • Build apartments

In case you get a lot of money, something like Ksh 3 million and above, buy land and build apartments. With one apartment in areas like Nairobi or Mombasa, you’ll make over Ksh 50,000 per month.

  • Recruit people to Middle East

People are going to Middle East like crazy. One of the things you can do to become rich easily is by starting a recruitment agency to people going to Middle East. You will be making over Ksh30, 000 from one person. If you recruit 100 people every month, you’ll make over Ksh 3 million monthly.

  • Airbnb

Airbnb is also another amazing side hustle you can do in Kenya and become rich. Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa are the best cities to start Airbnb business. I can tell you, within a year, you’ll become extremely rich.

  • Car hire business

Finally, if you have a couple of cars, start car hire business as a side hustle and see the crazy amount of money you’ll make. This is the perfect side hustle for Kenyans with a couple of cars they are not using.