Booming and most profitable small businesses in Kenya 2024/2025

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The business environment in Kenya keeps on changing, what used to be profitable is not profitable anymore. Nowadays you have to be careful when selecting the kind of business to do. Below we list the most profitable businesses in Kenya for the years 2024/2025:

Uji Power

Uji Power is a booming business especially in Nairobi. If you have Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 100,000 capital, rent a room and start preparing Uji Power for your clients. Men want to regain their energy and satisfy their women, they are looking for that energy in Uji Power.

Car wash business

Another business you should try out is car wash business. Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nakuru are some of the best places to start this business.

Car wash business will be booming even in the next century because Kenyans will continue buying many and many cars over time.

You need a capital of Ksh 200,000 to Ksh 600,000 to start this kind of business. The daily profits will range between Ksh 2,000 and Ksh 15,000 depending on location.

Water Refill business

Nowadays people in major cities and towns don’t drink tap water because most of it comes from borehole which is salty, they buy from water refilling shops. Incensing is the main challenge for this business, you need Ksh 200,000 to Ksh 300,000 to the required licenses. You need extra Ksh 150,000 to set up the shop. The total capital required I Ksh 600,000.

In a day, you will make at least Ksh 3,000 per day.

Poultry family

The demand for kienyeji chicken is extremely high. Build a chicken cage for Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 50,000. You can start by keeping 10 chicken and later grow over time. The cost will be as low as Ksh 20,000.

Grocery shop

Grocery shop requires a capital of less than Ksh 50,000. But once you set up the business, you will not make losses. In Nairobi, there are many grocery shops making over Ksh 10,000 daily.

Blogging

Blogging is another booming business. The best thing about this business is that it generates income even when you’re asleep. The income is called ‘passive income’

The cost of creating a blog is Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 20,000. One company most bloggers use to host their sites is Hostpinnacle. They are cheap and reliable. To start your own blog,contact Hostpinnacle here

Bloggers make money through AdSense, AdSense alternatives like MGID, sponsored content, banner Ads and affiliate marketing. AdSense is the most popular monetization platform.

If your blog gets 1 million views, you earn Ksh 100,000 to Ksh 300,000.

Blogging is only difficult when starting but over time, the income rises. Consistency and the type of content you produce are key ingredients of success as a blogger.

Run a YouTube channel

Running a YouTube channel is also another booming business. YouTube is a lucrative venture especially for Kenyans who produce videos for consumption. Link your channel with AdSense and make money.

YouTube pays the following amount to Kenyan content creators

1000 views—Ksh 50 to Ksh 150

10,000 views—Ksh 500 to Ksh 1,000

20,000 views—Ksh 1,500 to Ksh 3,000

50,000 views—Ksh 4,000 to Ksh 8,000

100,000 views—Ksh 15,000 to Ksh 30,000

500,000—Ksh 40,000 to Ksh 100,000

1 million views—Ksh 100,000 to Ksh 300,000

Boda boda business

Start a boda boda spare part business, it’s profitable. If you don’t have enough capital to buy the spare parts, you can start by owning a boda boda to transport clients. There are many companies offering boda boda loan which allows you to pay some money as down payment and top up the rest. You will repay the loan in installments.

Boda Boda business is the most basic type of transport in Kenya. Even in 10 years to come, the business will still be thriving.

Barbershop

There was a time Barbershop business was not considered as a serious business but nowadays it’s one of the most profitable businesses in Kenya. Charges for hair cut has been raised significantly. Places in Nairobi charge up to Ksh 2,000 per head. Assuming that you charge Ksh 300 per head, if you have 20 customers daily, you will make a whopping Ksh 6,000 that day. Even if your expenses amount to Ksh 3,000, you will still make Ksh 3,000 as the profit.

Affiliate marketing

Use your social media your blog, TikTok account or YouTube channel to do affiliate marketing. When people sign up through your link, you will earn commissions. Affiliate marketing pays much better than AdSense. The beauty of affiliate marketing is that you don’t need a lot of traffic to make money—you simply need relevant traffic.

Online TV business

The likes of Eve Mungai are making millions from online TVs.This type of business generate money effortlessly. All you need is to post videos on your Facebook page,TikTok and YouTube. Brands will start advertising when you gather enough followers.

Daycare business

In Nairobi it’s increasingly becoming difficult to get house helps. Day care business will solve the issue of scarcity of house helps. As you run a daycare, incorporate

Smartphone repair business

You will never be broke when you run smartphone repair business. But this type of business should be set up in places like Nairobi where population is high. The capital is as low as Ksh 50,000

Garage

People are becoming more innovative over time. At the moment there are those who run mobile garages. All you do is to make a call and they will be in your place within no time.

Butchery business

Butchery business will never disappoint you, it will always be profitable. With a capital of Ksh 100,000 to Ksh 200,000 you will start butchery business anywhere in the country.

Wines and spirits

If you visit any shopping Centre, you will realize that there is at least 1 wines and spirits shop. It means that the business is booming. Though police may harass you at the beginning, eventually you’ll know how to deal with them.

Chemist

If you possess heath related qualification, start your own Chemist and make money. People get sick daily and majority of those with minor ailments visit Chemists for drugs.

To start a chemist, you require a capital of Ksh 400,000 and above.

Small hotel

People must eat whether they have money or not. If you’re in Nairobi, start small hotel and grow over time. With good business skills, you will thrive.

Selling miraa

Miraa business is the most underrated one but very profitable. Areas like Kitengela, Pipeline,Githurai ,Kayole and Kangemi are ideal for miraa business.

You don’t need millions to start the business, Ksh 20,000 to Ksh 50,000 is enough.

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