Best and most profitable businesses for the youths in Kenya to start with small capital


Youths in Kenya especially those aged below 25 years don’t have enough capital to start any business, they mostly rely on their small savings or funds from their parents and relatives. The good thing is that there are profitable businesses to start with as little as Ksh 1, 000, yet such businesses can yield in excess of Ksh 3,000 per day.

If you are a youth who is ready to explore into the world of business, below is the full list of businesses to start with small capital and generate decent profits in Kenya.

  • PlayStation business

PlayStation business requires a capital of Ksh 150,000 to Ksh 400, 000.Licensing, purchasing of the gaming machines and paying rent are some of the things that will consume a large percentage of the capital. Once set up, you will not register losses.

But as you run PlayStation business, ensure that CCTV cameras are installed and a guard is available to take care of the machines.

  • Wines and Spirits shop

Operating wines and spirits shop is not a difficult task, the only challenge is dealing with police especially after 10 pm.Don’t be at logger heads with police, collaborate with them.If they ask for anything, give them—just for the sake of the survival of your business. You require capital of Ksh 100,000 to Ksh 200,000 for the start. Wines and Spirts licences cost Ksh30,000 to Ksh50,000.In a day, your business will generate Ksh 1,000 to Ksh 15,000.

  • Clean water refilling business

Start water refilling business especially if you live in places like Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru where it does not rain regularly. The major challenge with this business is licenses but after getting through with obtaining the licenses, you will run the business smoothly. Make sure you get all the licenses and clear with KRA.

Water refilling business will require starting capital of Ksh200, 000 to Ksh 500,000.

The beauty of water refilling business is that you will have permanent clients…that is if your water is clean and good for consumption.

  • Bodaboda business

If there is business that will start generating profits for you from the first day, it’s bodaboda business. Look for Ksh 60,000 to buy second hand bodaboda and employ someone to operate it.Each day you will earn Ksh 300 to Ksh 1,000.It will take you just one year to return the capital.

If you don’t have the capital to buy bodaboda, you can get one from companies giving out bodaboda on loan.

  • Mobile phone repair business

Mobile phone repair business is fairly easy to start and it requires very low capital. The only thing you need are skills to repair the smartphones. You don’t have to go to school, look for someone who does the job, do on job training and acquire skills.You can pay small fee for that.

The capital for starting mobile phone repair business can be as little as Ksh30,000.In Nairobi, such shops make Ksh5,000 to Ksh50,000 per day.

Bodaboda spare parts business

There are many bodaboda in every town. Instead of operating a bodaboda, you can start bodaboda spare parts business. The business is profitable everywhere in the country. Make sure the spare parts are genuine so as not to lose your customers.

As you run the business, also provide bodaboda repair services such that when someone buys a spare part from your shop,he doesn’t have to move to another place to fix the same.

This business require a capital of Ksh 400,000 to Ksh 1 million. It generates profits of Ksh2,000 and above daily.

  • Growing hass avocado

Hass avocado farming is booming. This type of avocado mature within three years of planting. A single harvest per acre generates Ksh 1 million and above. Look for a capital of Ksh 100,000 and above, buy hass avocado and plant, and wait for 3 years to do the first harvest. The market for hass avocado is readily available locally and in China.

  • Growing watermelon

Another product you can grow in your farm and become a millionaire is watermelon. The demand for watermelon in Kenya is huge. If you have land in the village, go and plant watermelon. One acre will earn you Ksh 500,000 to Ksh2 million per harvest.

  • Rearing kienyeji chicken

Nowadays people prefer kienyeji chicken over broilers. They (kienyeji) are even more expensive than broilers and they don’t require a lot of care. However, they take longer period to mature.

If you keep 1000 kienyeji chicken per year, you’ll sell each for Ksh1, 000, which will generate Ksh 1000, 000.The profit from the sale is Ksh 400,000 to Ksh 700,000.

  • Butchery

You should also think of butchery business. The business is profitable in towns and villages, but the profits in towns are much higher. Butchery business will generate profits ranging between Ksh 1,000 and Ksh 20,000 per day depending on the size of your butchery.

  • Start a YouTube channel

The current world is moving from traditional jobs like medical doctor and lawyer, there are businesses which didn’t exist 20 years ago but are now thriving. Running a YouTube channel is one of the most profitable businesses to start in Kenya without capital. All you need is a smartphone and internet to post your videos.

YouTubers earn through AdSense, affiliate marketing programs, sponsored content and by selling their own items like smartphones. AdSense is the major revenue generating platform for YouTubers worldwide.

To start earning from YouTube through AdSense in Kenya, your channel should be at least 12 months old, it should have at least 4,000 watch time hours and also acquire more than 1000 subscribers. If you put a lot of efforts, your channel will start earning within a year.

YouTube pays Ksh 250,000 to Ksh 400,000 for every 1 million views. The likes of Eve Mungai earn Ksh 1.5 million per month and they started their channels a less than 3 years ago.The more subscribers your channel has the more money it makes. With 100,000 subscribers, you will make over Ksh 500,000 monthly.

  • Start a blog

Starting a blog costs Ksh 5,000 to Ksh 20,000 in Kenya. It takes less than 3 days to come up with a blog. Bloggers generate money through AdSense,MGID and other AdSense alternatives. They also make money via Sponsored content. You need web hosting services and WordPress template. To get all this, visit Hostpinnacle. They charge Ksh 2,999 per year for web hosting. To visit the company’s website,click on this link

Bloggers work from the comfort of their homes and this is one way of earning passive income in Kenya.

  • Become an influencer

Become an influencer on TikTok, Instagram, Telegram, Facebook and Twitter where you get paid. You will generate money through sponsored content or by selling your own products. With 1 million followers in any social media platform, you will earn not less than Ksh 100,000 monthly.

  • Grocery shop

Grocery shop is one of the easiest businesses to start in Kenya and among the most profitable ventures among women and youth. You can start the business with as little as Ksh 10,000.If you set up a shop worth Ksh 200, 000,be sure of earning over Ksh5,000 daily.

There are grocery shops in Nairobi earning profits of Ksh100,000 and above per day.

  • Cereals business

As a youth, you can also start cereals business, which is not capital intensive. The business is more profitable in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu. But in Nairobi, target low and middle income estates. The estates where rich people live don’t buy from cereals shops, they buy from supermarkets.

  • Cosmetics shop

Cosmetics shop is ideal for women. Set it up in Nairobi for Ksh 300,000 only and start making Ksh 2,000 and above monthly.

Cosmetics shop works better when it’s run near salons and in estates.

  • Salon

Salon business can be started from home if you don’t have enough capital.After getting capital, look for a premise to host your clients.The ideal capital for this business is Ksh 100,000 to Ksh 300,000

You can start with s small salon and later expand to make it more executive. Introduce manicure & pedicure and SPA.

  • Kinyozi

Kinyozi is ideal for youths whose capital range is Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 70,000.The capital for executive Kinyozi is Ksh 300,000 to Ksh 1 million. Executive kinyozi is more profitable than the normal kinyozi.

  • Chemist business

Chemist shop costs Ksh 300,000 to Ksh 2 million to start.If set up in Nairobi CBD, Eastleigh,Karen and Westlands,the profits will be huge.

  • Selling samosa, sausages, smokies and boiled eggs

This is one of the most underrated businesses but it’s very profitable. You can start with Ksh 20,000 and below.The profit per day range between Ksh 800 and Ksh 3,000.

  • Selling miraa

Miraa is also another underrated business but very profitable. Set up a miraa base and you’ll easily become a millionaire. In the shop you can sell njugu and coffee to your clients.

  • Cleaning services

Offer cleaning services for homes. You can do carpet cleaning, general cleaning and also car wash.With a capital of Ksh 10,000 you are ready to go.

  • CV and cover letter writing services

There are many youths looking for jobs in Kenya and abroad. Start providing CV and cover letter writing services. You will charge over Ksh 1,000 per client. If you get 100 clients per month, you are assured of earning Ksh 100,000 and above monthly.

You can also start a job board where you are paid to advertise jobs for companies.

  • Academic writing services

Forget academic writing services from UK and USA,here in Kenya you can start your own academic writing company where you help university and college students to write proposals and projects. You will charge each client up to Ksh200, 000.All you need is a working website and a couple of people to help you do the projects.

  • Recruiting agency

There are many people moving to Qatar, Dubai, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, they go through recruiting agencies. These agencies are very profitable—they make Ksh 20,000 to Ksh100,000 from each client. You need a capital of Ksh 500,000 and above to start an agency.

  • Mitumba shop

There are many mitumba shops emerging, like Think Twice. If you have enough capital, start a shop like that. But if your capital is ksh 10,000 to Ksh 50, 000, then start the normal mitumba business.

In Gikomba, you can make over Ksh5, 000 per day especially in December.

  • Dairy farming

It’s quit unfortunate that nowadays youths don’t want to do farming yet it’s one of the most profitable businesses. Dairy farming is ideal for youths in Kisii,Rift Valley, Mount Kenya and Western. With 2 cows which you milk daily, you will make not less than Ksh40, 000 monthly.

  • Sell products on social media

Start selling products on social media like bed sheets, shoes and clothes. But you need social media pages with huge following in order to make meaningful sales.

  • Real estate broker

Start marketing real estate products and earn commissions. You can also become an agent and manage rental property for companies.

  • Delivery services

Buy a motorbike and offer delivery services. You get paid for any delivery you make.

  • Web design & web hosting services

If you possess skills in web design, start offering web design services. You can also buy reseller web hosting account and host your clients.

  • Sell sneakers

Open a shop where you sell sneakers only.The demand for sneakers is all time high and profits are huge.

  • Sell turkey clothes

Open a shop where you sell Turkey clothes only.You will import one dress for Ksh7,000 and sell the same for Ksh 15,000.


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