Popular Online Jobs in Kenya and How to Land One

Winnie Kabintie

March 30, 2022

Online jobs are becoming a reality in the future of work and especially in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic, which has seen more organizations embrace remote work.

In Kenya, recent statistics by the Ministry of ICT show that 1.2 million Kenyans are working online through the Ajira Program, an initiative launched by the government to equip young people in digital skills and create employment.

Digital Marketing (22 percent), Data Entry (21 percent), Academic Paper Writing (20 percent) and Virtual Assistant are top the jobs Kenyans are doing online.

In this article, we will highlight some of the popular online jobs in Kenya and tips on how to land online work in Kenya.

Best Online Jobs

Content Writing – Content writers create topic-specific articles for blogs and websites. Businesses are relying on content writers to generate copy for their products and increase brand awareness and while some companies have inhouse content writers, a good number of organizations prefer working with freelancers as they are quite economical to maintain.

Online academic Writing – University students in developed countries have been using freelancers in developing countries to write their academic papers. The content touches on basically all fields of study in higher learning institutions; Engineering, history, politics etc.

Academic writing is one of the top online jobs in Kenya that is quite common especially among university students and unemployed graduates.

You can sign up for academic paper writing on various platforms including UvoCorp, WritersBay, and StudyPool. The assignments often come with requirements on word count, Standard writing formats (APA, MLA, and Harvard) and also the Number of citations required.

The rates range from $5 to $20 dollars per page depending on the subject area.

Transcription – transcribing jobs require you to listen to audio text and convert it into written text. Some of the popular sites for transcription jobs are TakeNote, GoTranscript, Transcription Panda, Rev, Scrbie, Temi, and TranscribeMe.You will need to sign up on these platforms to become a transcriber and get jobs.

The platforms have tests that you must pass in order to qualify for their online transcription jobs. Transcription accounts pay fortnightly or monthly.

Virtual Assistant: VA jobs are some of the online jobs that require minimal skills. Some of the key tasks in virtual assistant jobs include managing simple administrative tasks, like taking calls, answering emails, customer service, accounting and scheduling.

To be a great VA, some of the tops skills required is good organizational skills. Hourly rates are $14-$30.

Some of the Companies that Commonly hire for Virtual Assistant Jobs are Ajilon, Boldly, Equivity and Planet Professional

Data Entry – Data entry involves feeding data into a computer using a keyboard, scanner, voice recorder, and mouse.

Organizations are always in need of data entry services. Data entry is also one of the best online jobs in Kenya although it reportedly pays less than writing jobs. To excel in the role, you need to be skilled in computer programs like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

You will often be taken through a training to familiarize yourself with the software respective companies use for their data entry. These entries could range from updating stock data bases, donations etc.

Web Development – organizations and individuals are often in need of websites. This has provided a frontier for freelance web developers, making it another popular opportunity for online jobs in Kenya.

Graphics Design and animation – graphic designers create visual content mostly for marketing. These include posters, billboards and logos among others.

As a graphic designer you can work for NGOs, tech companies, and more. Companies that hire you will test your proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, UX, and CSS.

Animation has become quite popular over the years especially with videos becoming the most popular type of content used in marketing / advertising over written content.

Safaricom is one of the companies in Kenya that has a preference for animated Ads.


Full-time Remote Work – Top 10 Companies For Remote Jobs In 2022

More organizations are also embracing Work-from-anywhere jobs and it’s now possible more than ever for you to practice your career in a remote full-time job, be it in Project Management, Accounting, Human Resource, Communications, Teaching etc.

Work-from-anywhere jobs enable you to take your career wherever you want to go.

Below are the top 10 companies offer some of the best work-from-anywhere jobs according to Flex jobs, a company that helps people find remote, work from home, and flexible job opportunities.

  1. Wikimedia Foundation
  2. Achieve Test Prep
  3. Coalition Technologies
  4. Chainlink Labs
  5. Elastic
  6. Cactus Communications
  7. Hopin
  8. Toptal
  9. Automattic
  10. SelfDecode

Winnie Kabintie is a Journalist and Communications Specialist, championing Media and Information Literacy.


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