By Kibet Tobias
Are you looking for a job you can do online?
With the digital evolution today, there are several opportunities on the internet that you can do from anywhere and make a living out of.
However, before you apply for work online, it is important to carefully research the person or company to make sure the job is legit and not a scam designed to take your money or your personal information.
That said, here are the best online jobs to start in Kenya and earn money..
1. Freelance writing
This is one of the best online jobs that a majority of people ignore yet has an ability to make you good money.
Making the decision to become a freelancer is one of the best you’ll probably ever make. You can access thousands of clients, all of whom have lots of work to offer you, meaning there’s lots of money to be made.
Required skills include proficiency in English, typing skills, and time management. You can find jobs by opening an account on platforms such as Upwork, Elance, iWriter, Fivver, Zerys, and WriterBay among others.
Some of these sites will ask you to send a sample article before approving your account.
This one requires you to create your own blog. You can choose a topic you are passionate about, for example, lifestyle, love & relationships, politics, sports, travel or religion. Once you pick your favorite topic, choose a blogging platform.
WordPress and Blogger offer free blog-publishing services you can try. Once your blog is ready, create quality content that will attract readers to the blog.
The more traffic you have the better your earnings will be. This is because you earn when people click on the adverts on your site. Cost per click advertisements enable you to make money each time a reader on your blog clicks on the ad.
This seems like a new hot opportunity in Kenya. Every new person joining the online workforce will try out transcription.
Transcription basically involves writing down what one person speaks. As a transcriber, your work will be to listen to audio and videos and write down the conversations. You need to have good listening skills and be type fast and also able to understand the accents of the speakers.
There are plenty of sites that allow Kenyans to sign up and start working online. They include Transcribe Me, Rev, Elance, Casting Words, Odesk, Scribie among others.
4. Social media marketing
Social media marketing is one of the top online marketing jobs today. If you have established your personal brand on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media network, you can get these jobs easily.
Once you have a big following, a company may approach you directly or through a third party so you can help them promote their products and services to your followers on social media.
You can make money by creating video content on platforms such as YouTube. The first step is to open an account on YouTube. Like with blogs, ensure you create interesting content that can attract a lot of viewership. You will also need to link your account to advertising services.
If you were looking for an online job, whether to make money or supplement your income, you can choose from the above. All it takes is consistency and handwork and you will be guaranteed financial freedom.
Tobias is a Communication Officer at Jobs Kenya Network. For any related queries comment on the section below.