By Michelle Wanjiku
With the current unemployment rate, most people are looking at alternative ways to make money. More and more people are taking up jobs that years ago were shunned upon. People are starting to move away from traditional careers such as accounting, engineering etc.
In this article, see some of the jobs that are helping Kenyans earn some good money.
1. Being a DJ
Nowadays it has become normal to hear someone say they want to be a DJ whereas a few years ago saying this would make people think you would never become financially stable.
Even people with office jobs choose to be DJs over the weekend as a side hustle and earn a lot of money from it.
The likes of DJ Pierra Makena, DJ Tabz, D Joe Mfalme and many more have shown that it is possible to make a living as a DJ.
According to DJ Joe Mfalme, you can earn 10K to over 20K per night depending on where you are performing and who the client is. Some even make as much as 80K per night.
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2. Being an MC
Almost every event you will attend will have an MC. It is one of those careers that people have discovered can pay so much.
I had a workmate who would emcee over the weekends and at the end of the month, he would earn more money from his side gig than from what the company was paying him.
There are various opportunities for emcees from corporate events they to social events like weddings, baby showers or graduation parties.
How much you earn as an MC depends on your popularity and talent as well as your relationship with the event organizers.
3. Becoming a YouTuber
Over the last few years, YouTube has become very big and as such it has provided opportunities for people to make money by making videos and uploading them on the site.
There are very big Kenyan YouTubers who upload different kinds of content and manage to make a lot of money from it that some have turned this into full time jobs.
With YouTube, the more interesting your content the more viewership you will get which translates to more money.
You can start a YouTube channel that focuses on anything from cooking, traveling, fashion, lifestyle, photography, fitness and many more.
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Most of these careers were considered part-time gigs but if you want; you can decide to do it full time.
However, you need to remember that just because they are not traditional careers doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard in order to succeed. If anything you have to work even harder.
Just like any profession, networking is very important if you want to succeed in any of these careers. You will need to know people who can recommend you for jobs.
Michelle Wanjiku is a Communication Officer/ Digital Marketer at Career Point Kenya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org