As the August Elections approach, many companies and organizations are shying away from employing new staff due to unpredictable economic times which may be caused by the elections.
Where then does that leave the Kenyan job seeker? Most probably jobless, but there’s a solution to this problem. This is through starting a small business.
Let us look at 5 creative businesses you can start in Kenya with just Shs 5,000.
Hannah Wambua is one Kenyan who has delved into the business of delivering groceries. Speaking to Daily Nation, Hannah says that she did not even need Shs 5,000to start. She spent about Shs 2,300 on shopping, and Shs 700 on transport and packaging material.
On getting home, she divided the vegetables into Shs 100 packs, which would give her a profit of Shs 50, and within three days, she had sold out.
Hannah went around on knocking on people’s doors selling her vegetable packs and asking if they needed anything else delivered. She sold out everything she had and took orders from a few homes.
As we speak, Hannah has turned vegetable delivery into a full-time job, and says all it requires is early mornings and knowledge on where to get vegetables at the best prices.
2. Refill Perfumes
You have probably seen many shops in Nairobi town that refill perfumes. This is one very great business you can venture into with only Kshs 5,000.
Jackline Kerubo is one business owner who deals with the refilling on perfumes, a business she started one year ago.
She sells perfume, both in wholesale and retail. If she sells to you a box of 36 small bottles at Shs 150, you can resell them at Shs 250 each, depending on your customers.
3. Make shaggy mats
Margaret Nyambura, is an expert when it comes to the business of making shaggy rags. This business has enabled her to make ends meet as a student.
To purchase the materials, Margaret spent Kshs 3,000 which included mat mesh, balls of wool, scissors, crotchet needles and marker pens for outlining the design you want.
“I learnt how to make shaggy mats via YouTube Tutorials,” she says.
Margaret sells one-square-meter shaggy rags at Kshs 5,000, earning her a profit of Kshs 4,000.
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Juma Njoka decided to start a Books Business when he visited his friend who had very many piles of books which he wanted to throw out because he did not have space to keep them.
Njoka asked his friend to give him the books instead and which were a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and he decided to see what else he could get from other friends and relatives.
Surprisingly, within weeks, he had accumulated 300 books, all for free. With this, he got a small stall in his estate which he paid a rent of Kshs 3,000 and set up a library.
Book lovers join his library with Kshs 250, and then they can borrow a book at Kshs 50. When returning a book, they can borrow another one, and if they disappear with the book, it means that he has sold that particular book at Kshs 300, which is a good price.
5.Sell E Books
E Books are PDF format books which are downloaded online and read on your Smartphone or computer.
Joan Kirui is one such seller. At first, she bought a set of 150 books worth Kshs 2,000 online. She sells a book at Kshs 100, but if a customer wants to buy in wholesale, she sells the whole set of books at Kshs 4,000 earning her a profit of Kshs 2,000.
In a day, Joan gets at least 5 customers looking to buy E Books and can even make up to Kshs 20,000.
She uses WhatsApp as her main tool of Marketing, because it’s easier for communication. With this line of business, however, Joan cautions that you should be very careful about anti-piracy laws.
There you have it, those are 5 great business ideas you can start with as low as Kshs 5,000. Got a question or comment? Leave it below.
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Source: Daily Nation
Compiled by Susan Gitonga, a Communications Officer at Career Point Kenya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org