Starting an Online Business – Deciding What To Do

So you want to make money online but have no idea what you can do? This post is for you. We shall look at a number of ways through which real (Kenyan) people make money online.

This is Part 2 of How To Start a Simple Online Business in Kenya.

Last year we published a report on the most common ways of making money online. If you haven’t read it, here is the link: How to make money online in Kenya, 2010. The good thing about that report, in my view, is that it not only discusses how to make money but it gives examples of Kenyans who are using those methods.

So, how do other Kenyan make money online?

  1. Selling adverts on your site – basically, you set up a website and make it popular, and then sell advertisements.
  2. Consulting – whereby you work to be seen as an ‘expert’ in some field. People then pay you for consultancy.
  3. Selling other people’s stuff (affiliate marketing) – where you sell goods on behalf of other people and get paid a commission.
  4. E-commerce (selling your own things) – simple put, find some things to sell, and sell them online.
  5. Freelancing – also known as ‘getting an online job’. You basically get paid to do something for other people.

What you choose to do is up to you but you have to realise that “making money online” is not something that will take a short time. When thinking about making money online, you should think long term. You know those stories of people making millions online? Yeah, it usually takes years and extremely hard work. be prepared.

The purpose of this series of articles is to learn how to start an online business and therefore we’re going to pick “e-commerce” as the example that we will use for the rest of the series. Why?

  1. We believe it is very easy to understand for people with no prior experience online – it is very much like starting a little shop anywhere else.
  2. We believe it is relatively easy to start and straight-forward to run
  3. We can set up a sample e-commerce business as an example to go with this series of articles

In the next article in this series, we shall be taking a closer look at how to plan for, and start your own online shop. Subscribe to Like Chapaa today, or sign up to receive free email updates so that you do not miss any updates on this!

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