List of best Profitable businesses to start with 500k in Kenya


There are a number of profitable businesses you can start in Kenya with 500k only. Ksh 500,000 is half a million, which is not small amount. With this cash, you can start the following list of businesses.

  • Hotel business

Hotel business is ideal in major towns and cities like Nairobi. You will spend about Ksh 400,000 on chairs, tables, counter and rent then the rest on licenses and stock. The capital for starting hotel ranges between Ksh 300,000 and Ksh3 million.

Profit from hotel ranges between Ksh 1,000 and Ksh50, 000 per day depending on location.

  • Chemist

Another profitable business to start with 500k only is Chemist. But for you to run a Chemist you must be a trained Nurse or hold at least a diploma in Pharmacy or Medicine. If you don’t have the qualification, collaborate with someone with the same.

You can start a Chemist with as low as Ksh 300,000.

If you set the business in Nairobi, I can guarantee that you’ll be making over Ksh3, 000 daily. Those in CBD can make even 100k per day.

  • Online Taxi business

To start online Taxi business you require a small car and register with one of the existing taxi Apps in Kenya. Uber, Bolt and Wasili are some of the best Apps to register with. You need at least Ksh300, 000 to buy a small car for the business.

  • PlayStation business

More and more Kenyans are waking up to the fact that PlayStation business is profitable. This is one business that can generate up to Ksh50, 000 per day if well managed. The capital you’ll need ranges between Ksh 300,000 and Ksh500,000.

The most ideal locations to set up PlayStation business are, Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kisii and Eldoret.

  • Car wash business

Car wash business in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu and Mombasa will be very profitable. You require a capital of Ksh200, 000 to Ksh 500,000.The business will generate at least Ksh 70,000 monthly.

  • Bottled drinking water

One of the most profitable businesses in major towns is selling purified bottled water. The hardest part is to get all the licenses required. But after setting it up, you are assured of profits monthly.

  • Big grocery

Start a big grocery shop like a supermarket where you will sell in bulk. Here you won’t make any loss. The good thing about grocery is that you can start the business with as little as Ksh 20,000.But for you to make high profits, put a good stock.

  • Executive salon and SPA

Start executive salon and SPA in high end areas like Kilimani and Kileleshwa.You will need capital of Ksh500,000 and above. These are areas where you will charge even Ksh10, 000 per head.

  • Selling mitumba bales

Starting Mitmba business will cost as low as Ksh10,000 but if you want to sell mitumba bales, you need a capital of more than Ksh400,000.With Ksh500,000,you are ready to go. One bale of mitumba will generate at least Ksh3,000 in profits.

  • Cosmetics & perfume refill business

Combine business of selling cosmetics and perfume refill. Make sure the perfume you sell are genuine so that you can attract rich client. The capital required is Ksh 300,000 to Ksh 500,000.

  • Farming

You can also do farming business .Depending on the scale of business you may need Ksh 500,000 for a start, if you will be doing large scale farming. You can grow sugarcane, avocado, water melon, tomatoes etc.

  • Mobile phone repair business

Set up a mobile phone repair business in Nairobi CBD and you will be a millionaire within a short period.

  • Electronics shop

If you are living in major towns, start electronics shop business. You will need a capital of more than Ksh500, 000.But if you sell genuine products, you will definitely become a millionaire. For those who want to know how profitable this business is, go to Luthuli Avenue.


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