Profitable Business Ideas In Kenya
By Lilian Wamaitha
There are over 1000 business ideas in Kenya that you can start and benefit from.
Any business regardless of how much you use as capital has the potential to grow into something big.
I mean, we all start somewhere and if your dream is to start a business, it doesn’t matter how much you have as seed capital.
Here are top businesses that you can start in Kenya whether you are employed or simply trying to make ends meet.
Here Are Business Ideas In Kenya You Can Start
1. Selling mitumba or second hand clothes
This is among the business ideas in Kenya that most Kenyans fear venturing into.
However, second hand clothes business is booming and if you are looking for a business to start, this would be the best place to.
The good news is that you don’t require a lot of capital to go into the mitumba business. With as little as 1,000 you can start selling mitumba clothes.
All you need is to get a good location and know where you will be buying clothes. Most people buy at Gikomba and Muthurwa markets in Nairobi.
You can be assured that on an average day, you can make a profit of around 500 shillings.
2. Salon or barber shop
While some people may underrate this business and assume that it is for the uneducated, it is in fact a lucrative business that has the potential of making you good money.
You can start by visiting clients in their home; make enough money to finally rent out a place.
A standard salon or barber stall goes for Ksh.6000 to 15,000. From there you can work on getting cash to buy the equipment you need.
3. Boda boda business
This is one of the lucrative business ideas in Kenya that young people especially are venturing into in large numbers.
If you are still looking for a job and have some money saved up, this is a good business start.
A motorcycle in Kenya costs from Ksh.65,000 to 120,000. It means that with less the 100K, you can go into boda boda business.
The good thing about this business is that you can be sure that at the end of the day, you can make a comfortable Ksh.1,000.
4. M-Pesa business
M-Pesa has grown tremendously and it is one of the lucrative business ideas in Kenya today.
Even if this business seems crowded, no matter where you are operating at, you can be assaulted that at the end of the day you will still make a profit.
Opening an M-Pesa business requires you to have at least 100,000 but if someone gives you their line to operate with you only require around 50K.
5. Poultry Farming
This is another one of the lucrative business ideas in Kenya that you can start with little capital. And I talk out of experience, being a poultry farmer myself.
Instead of keeping on sending numerous job applications without getting any response, whey not better yourself by starting this business?
Starting a chicken rearing business requires a seed capital of as low as 20K.
Profit increases as you increase the number of chicken.
6. Printing and photocopy business
If you are in college or university, this is one of the most profitable businesses you can start. You could also venture into the business if you are living near a college or university.
Starting such business will require a starting capital of less than Ksh. 7,000.
7. Boiled eggs and smokies
If you have little capital and looking for small business ideas in Kenya, selling smokies and eggs is a business you can think about.
To start this business, sausage, samosa and egg business you need a capital of around 1,000 to start.
One egg goes for around 10 bob and then sell at 20 bob. That’s 10 bob in profit. On a good day, you can make a profit of about Ksh.500. in a month you are assured of an income of over Ksh. 15,000.
All you need is to find a good location and you are on your ways to your first successful small business.
8. Manicure/Pedicure business
The truth is that every woman in Kenya wants to look beautiful and you can tap into this potential by starting a manicure and pedicure business.
I have a friend who is doing well in this business and only needed Ksh.5, 000 to start.
Like him, you can start by doing house calls before you rent a place.
9. Car wash business
This is one of the businesses ideas in Kenya right now. You don’t require much to start a cash wash, just an area with water supply.
The Kenyan culture is that people would rather pay someone to wash their cars than do it themselves.
If you charge 200 shillings per car, you can manage to clean 100 cars per day again depending on where you are located. That is 20K per day.
Get a dedicated staff and you could be making around 400K in a month. Get over the mentality that car washing is for the lowly and uneducated people in the society, people are buying plots just from that business alone.
10. Movie shop
This is one of the top businesses you can start with 20K in Kenya. It is also one of the easiest and the returns are really good.
If you have a computer or a laptop already, you can just rent out a room and start selling your movies.
Most movie shops make a profit of about 4K per day; make that 120K per month. Before long you will be having your own chain of movie shops in various major towns.
11. Cleaning service business
One of the most profitable business, there is. It took Alex Nyaga the CEO of Parapet, one the biggest cleaning service provider only 10K to start.
He started by hiring women who would clean houses in estates at a charge of 1000 shillings and would pay these women 500 shillings.
Before long, the business had grown and he was able to register a company and now makes over 15 million in a month.
As you can see, you don’t need much to start a home cleaning business.
12. Selling Ice Cream
This is another one of the top business ideas in Kenya you can start.
You need to find a good location like near a school, university or a street with a lot of traffic.
The starting capital for this business in Nairobi is 20K which means it could be less in another town.
13. Juice blending/fruit business
With so many terminal illnesses like cancer, most people opt to stay away from processed foods.
You can help people adopt healthier lifestyles by starting a juice blending and fruit stand.
With a seed capital of 10K to buy a blender and other containers and you are off to go.
14. Selling women handbags
Women love fashion and looking good. You can start selling handbags which I hear fetches a very good profit.
People who are in this business get their supplies from places like Eastleigh or Uganda.
And with the advent of social media, online business is booming. You can caret a Facebook page for your business, boost a few posts to reach as many people as you want.
The good news is that, you don’t have to stress bout getting the city council permits or a stall when you are conducting this business online.
15. Cereals Business
I have seen this work for a lot of people and it is one of the most profitable business ideas in Kenya. Choose a good location and you are on your way to a booming business.
You can get your supplies from Eastleigh and places like Nyamakima. You can buy them in wholesale and distribute to other sellers within your locality.
To concluded, it doesn’t matter how much capital you put into a business. Any business with the right determination has the ability to succeed. If you are still stuck on what business to start, why not choose from these profitable business ideas in Kenya.
Lilian is a Communications Officer at Career Point Kenya? Got any business related queries? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.