Saturday, 9 May 2015

3 Simple Small Business Ideas For Nairobi People

Nairobi is a city full of opportunities for the hard working entrepreneur. However, not all those who launch their businesses succeed. The market is quite competitive either in Eastlands (areas like Umjoa, Imara Daima, Buruburu) or Westlands (Kilimani, Kileleshwa or Loresho).

Having made such observations,  we were able to compile some three creative business ideas that can be done in this city with much ease. These include:

(1) Wine/Spirits
There is a lot of money to be made in this industry. All you need to do is to buy a stock of wines and spirits, hire a small room, get the right licenses and market vigorously. Target audience: Young students in colleges and Universities.
Budget: Ksh100,000 – Ksh500,000

(2)Social Media Consultancy
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin have taken the world quite literary. If you are an expert at social media matters you can start a consultancy firm and offer your services to other small business owners.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh500,000

(3)Careers Expo Business
Are you a motivational speaker? Can you inspire someone to make wise decisions in life? Well, then you’re sitting on a gold-mine. Think about starting your career/motivational expo business. You can even package your message in CDs and sell. Or even you can start a motivational blog. You can also visit schools and colleges to offer paid advice.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh500,000

We hope that this guide has inspired you to think outside the box. If you were looking for good business ideas in Nairobi, I hope this referral article has quenched your thirst for information.

5 Small Business Opportunities in Kenya's Home Improvement Industry

Everyone wants to live in a nice house in a nice place. However, not many people understand the whole process of building and maintaining a decent home. With so many construction projects taking place around Major cities in Kenya, it goes without saying that any small business idea in this industry is highly likely to flourish. Here are 5 such examples.

(1)Sell building plans online
If you know how to draw building plans then you can sell them in dozens online to people planning to build their homes.
Budget:Ksh200,000 – Ksh500,000

(2)Pest control services
Homes and offices will always suffer from one problem – pests. We’re talking about cockroaches, termites, rats etc. If you have the tools and know how to deal with rabbits then this can be good business.
Budget:Ksh500,000 – Ksh1,500,000

(3)Property management agency
All you need to do here is to market property to-let and property for-sale from different estates in the city. Also, you can talk to a few landlords to allow you to manage their property and tenants.
Budget:Ksh0 – Ksh500,000

(4)Satellite Dish Installation Service
If you make a trip to one of the upcoming estates, you will be surprised to see that there are no people who provide this much-needed service. If you are conversant with this field of life, then you are just steps away from starting a successful business.

Budget:Ksh5,000 – Ksh20,000

(5)Estate security services
There are many upcoming estates in the country and most of these face one common problem…insecurity. If you can start a small security firm that provides professional security services, then this is your business idea.
Budget:Ksh250,000 – Ksh1,000,000

We hope that this list of small business ideas in home improvement and construction services will help you make up your mind and get started soon. All the best.

5 Business Ideas In Kenya's Home Maintenance & Improvement Sector

You can never exhaust small business opportunities in the fast growing Kenya real estate and home construction industry. Here are 5 simple ones.

(1)Old furniture refinishing
There will always be some old furniture in some home somewhere…and the owner of that home would like to have them refinished and given a fresh new look.
Budget:Ksh20,000 – Ksh100,000

(2)Artificial plants
Everyone else seems to be focusing on natural flowers and home plants. Why don’t you take a whole different approach altogether and start dealing with artificial plants as a business?
Budget: Ksh5,000 – Ksh50,000

(3)Furniture steam cleaning and upholstery service
If you can keep furniture looking new with steam cleaning or upholstery services then this is definitely your go-to type of business.
Budget: Ksh200,000 – Ksh500,000

(4)Interior decorating service
What makes a good place to live is the details. If you have the gift and skills to make a room complete, you could be on the road to financial independence if you put this idea to good use.
Budget:Ksh160,000 – Ksh500,000

(5)Moving service
So you don’t mind carrying other people’s stuff around? Then why not start a moving company to help people move their homes or offices. You only need one good pickup truck and good marketing skills to get started.
Budget:Ksh0 – Ksh1,500,000

Business ideas in the home maintenance (real estate) and related sectors are like sand...they're everywhere. Identify one and start working on it...success awaits. 

2 Business Ideas in Health & Fitness Industry of Kenya

The health and fitness industry in Kenya is awash with opportunities. However, due to its strict nature a small business owner should be careful when making an investment in it. Here are two ideas that don't require you to have a medical degree or approval to get started.

(1)Gym and wellness center
Think of it this way, people are always looking for ways to keep fit and live longer. For this reason, you can never go wrong when you start a gym or wellness center in a neighborhood that is full of office workers.
Budget: Ksh250,000 – Ksh1,000,000

(2)Natural home remedies
Most people hate hospital medicine and if you can find them a home remedy they would be very grateful. Best way to make it in this business is to focus on online as well as offline marketing. 
Budget: Ksh20,000 – Ksh100,000

(3)Affiliate Marketing
You can set up a website e.g. one for reviewing health and fitness supplements. You can then link back to people who sell their products online through affiliate links. And that way, you can get an affiliate commission for every sale that you make.
Budget: Ksh20,000 - Ksh50,000.

If you are looking for small business ideas in the health and fitness industry, it's our hope that his guide will help you. 

Small Business Opportunities in Kenya's Food & Beverages Industry

Cakes and other snacks are always in high demand in urban centers. The only thing you need to do is buy the right equipment, attend cooking classes and then market your products to the right people.
Budget:Ksh80,000 – Ksh500,000

(2)Bottled Water
With focus on good health become a concern to majority of people nowadays, you can never go wrong by fighting for a position in the bottled water market. All you need is to get the right equipment, ensure good packaging and then make sure you have a good transport system to supply your products to the right market.
Budget: Ksh100,000 – Ksh1,000,000

(3)Outside catering services
Combine your love for cooking and event planning (or office supplies) to create this beautiful business. Deliver clean and decent food to workers near their places of work. You can even buy a food-cart and use it for this business.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh500,000

(4)Cooking classes
Are you such a good cook that you can’t wait to share your skills with the world? Well, believe you me, there are many people who would want to register for your cooking classes so that they can become as good as you. Start a cooking class business and you’ll never be disappointed.
Budget: Ksh10,000 – Ksh100,000

(5)Frozen yoghurt shop
The middle class will thank you big time for opening a shop that offers frozen yogurt. Of course, when the sun is hot people will always come to you looking for a cool treat that won’t bust their diets.
Budget:Ksh50,000 – Ksh150,000

(6)Grocery delivery service
Busy people across the country will appreciate not having to go to the stores for their groceries if you can arrange to drop them at their doorsteps. You only need a good motorbike for this job. Target the relatively rich people.
Budget: Ksh100,000 – Ksh250,000

(7)Juice bar
Turn your love for good health and wellness by selling fruit juice to your customers. With people gradually becoming more cautious about their health, you can never go wrong if you package yourself well in this business.

Budget: Ksh20,000 – Ksh150,000

(8)Sports bar
Football lovers love beer. Having said that, why don’t you start a nice bar that is customized for sports lovers in your area. This business can do well in a middle income estate with a large population of young individuals.
Budget: Ksh500,000 – 2,000,000

3 Small Business Opportunities in Kenya's Financial Sector

The Kenyan financial sector is a bee-hive of activities. From investments in stocks to investment in unit trusts lots of money changes hands every day. So what is in it for a small trader like you and me? Below I have discussed some business ideas in this sector.

(1)Forex Trading
Are you a real risk taker? Then why not invest in currency or stock trading and start making money from the comfort of your couch? Well, I must admit this can be risky business, but for sure it can be rewarding to those who are ready to learn.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh1,000,000

(2)Online Loans
There are many people (mostly the working class) who look for short-term loans. If you have the capital and the ability to take risks, you can make a shylocking website today and start making some good money from interest rate.
Budget: Ksh1,000,000 – Ksh10,000,000

(3)Venture Capital Broker
There are many upcoming entrepreneurs who would like to be connected with venture capitalists. If you know what that means, then you can make it your business to connect entrepreneurs to venture capital firms on a commission basis. This is good business especially in developing countries.
Budget: Ksh500,000 – Ksh2,000,000

Hope you've enjoyed the brief read. I'll be adding a few more business ideas in finance sector going forward as I discover them. Remember to drop a comment if you enjoyed it.

8 Business Ideas in Kenya's Entertainment & Event Management Industry

Kenya has a booming entertainment and events management sector. Most of the top businesses are doing quite well but this does not make it impossible for upcoming ones to join the market. If you have the passion and drive needed to make it in this industry here are some 8 business ideas to keep in mind.
(1)Bouncy castles rentals
There are many kid’s entertainment joints that lack this important facility. If you can afford to buy several bouncy castles and then look for upcoming kids events and market it there then you can make some good business.
Budget: Ksh150,000 – Ksh5,000,000

(2)Disc Jockey Service
Dee Jaying is good business nowadays. All you need to do to excel in this business is go for training and buy (or hire) deejaying equipment. Next, you market yourself to corporate and clubs. Job done!
Budget: Ksh500,000 – Ksh5,000,000

(3)Event and party planning
Do you have a knack for planning parties and events? This could be the right business for you. All you need to do is carry out a bit of research. See what other organizers are doing wrong and capitalize on that to penetrate into the market.
Budget: Ksh200,000 – Ksh1,000,000

A good example of a creative event planning business has to be this destination weddings in Mombasa kind of concept.

(4) Party entertainer
Are you a good artist, musician, puppeteer, comedian or poet? Then all you need to do is to brand yourself and start marketing yourself to party organizers. Many of the successful musicians and artists we talk about nowadays started just like this.
Budget: Ksh0 – Ksh500,000

(5)Events MC or hypeman
Do you have the confidence and ability to bring boring events back to life? Well with your skills, you can start the business of professional emceeing – target corporate events and you’ll never be disappointed.

Budget: Ksh250,000 – Ksh1,000,000

(6)Proposal writing
Are you really good at writing project proposals? You’ll be surprised to learn that many people struggle to find assistance in this area. Why don’t you make it your business and make good money even from your home?
Budget: Ksh0 – Ksh100,000

(7)Organize parties for singles only
As interesting as this idea sounds, so are the opportunities that come with it. A large part of our population is composed of people who are single and ready to mingle. Why don’t you beat other party organizers by organizing such parties in exclusive, private venues?
Budget: Ksh1,000,000 – Ksh5,000,000

(8)Wedding consultant
The number of people opting for serious weddings is on the increase nowadays. If you are good at planning wedding events then this could be the right business for you.
Budget: Ksh500,000 – Ksh10,000,000

As I always tell my audience, business ideas are like sand...they are everywhere but only few people manage to see the jewels in them. It's my hope that you'll benefit from this guide. 

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