<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE </xml><xml> </xml> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> Gone are the days when students in institutions of higher learning would depend entirely on their parents and guardians for financial upkeep. Government sponsored students, for instance, are entitled to stipends from the government. With the ever - rising cost of living in Kenya today, self - sponsored and government - sponsored students alike, would definitely wish for an extra coin in the pocket during their time in college. Here is a look at some common side hustles to help you make money while in the campus.

Drop shipping

Although not fully exploited in Kenya, a few individuals are already making money through Drop Shipping. It involves buying goods from an online wholesaler and selling them at a retail price without physically handling the goods. It is commonly done on e-commerce sites such as Amazon and eBay.

Academic writing

Academic pieces serve various purposes. They may be assignments done on behalf of students, technical papers, product manuals on websites and more. Work is posted online to prospective writers, for monetary compensation, upon satisfactory writing. Academic writers earn a monthly income of $1000 on average. Academic writing sites frequently used in Kenya include Uvocorp, Essay writers, Academia-Research, Edusson, Essayshark, among others.

Content writing

This is one of the most common online jobs done in Kenya. Content writing involves generating content for blogs, newsletters, e-books, and mailing lists in form of articles. On average, content writers earn $ 750 per month. Some of the content-writing sites include iwriter, Dotwriter, WritersDomain, Sizers, Upwork and Write Learn Earn.

Online blogs

Some well-established writers venture into writing their own blogs and end up making money thereby. In Kenya, such blogs include Transcription Hub Pros, iCafe Kenya, Freelancer Kenya, Makealivingfreelancing, Centonomy and more.


Transcription is the art of listening to audio files and drafting the spoken words into written content. Transcription jobs have become famous in the Kenyan online market. Sites such as Transcribe Me pay well and as such, transcription is rapidly emerging as an online job in Kenya. Payment depends on the length of the audio file, although a transcriber can earn an average of $50 per audio hour.

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is so far another lucrative online job worldwide. Affiliate marketers promote and sell company products online, for a share of the total price of the good or service sold. Affiliate marketing platforms include clickbank, Amazon associates, and Grammarly associates.

Content Revenue sharing

Content Revenue Sharing sites provide online platforms for sellers who then pay platform owners a share of the revenue earned. Such sites include Hubpages, Bukisa, infobarrel, and Olx.

E mail marketing

You can use your e- mail to share content with buyers on a mailing list. Before the coming of the social sites, e-mail marketing was frequently used.

Freelance jobs on high

There are freelance jobs on high demand such as graphic design, marketing, content writing, software development, video animation and photography.

Lottery / Betting

Some people have mastered the art of betting for cash prizes. While others lose miserably, the lucky ones make millions of cash. Betting platforms to try out include Lotto, Bwin, Bet 365, SportPesa, Justbet, Elitebet, Betin, mCheza and recently, Pambazuka National Lottery.

The use of online money services has no doubt made payment for online jobs easier and convenient. Today, there are more reliable, transaction services such as PayPal, Skrill, Equitel, Payoneer MasterCard, and e- Pay Kenya. Online jobs are still not fully exploited. However, with the increase in technological advances, you have all the reasons to try out a side hustle.