Top 30 Small Business Ideas in Kenya with Small Investment

Are you looking for small business ideas in Kenya that can be started with low investment? Find here in this article list some of the best business opportunities in Kenya with high-profit potential that any aspiring individual can start with low investment.

Kenya is the business hub for East and Central Africa and the fastest growing economy in East Africa. As a result, Kenya is a good place to do business for both residents and foreign nationals.

30 Small Business ideas & Opportunities in Kenya

Here are the best businesses to start in Kenya with low investment:

best small business ideas in Kenya

#1. Start Red Earth Worms Business in Kenya

Red earthworms can be used as an essential ingredient in the process of vermicompost. There is a good demand for organic fertilizer in Kenya. Vermicomposting is a process of converting organic waste into useful compost. You will need hybrid worms, warm-dark and dry environment, waste food, etc to start producing.

Read: How To Start Worm Farm Business

#2. Office Supply Business in Kenya

People in Kenya who work in offices find it difficult to find time to buy necessary supplies. You can help them by supplying them with their requirements right at their office.

#3. Start a Small Manufacturing Business in Kenya

There is a lot of scopes for manufacturing businesses in Kenya. The local market, as well as export potential, can be a driving force for the success of manufacturing units. Below find some profitable manufacturing businesses in Kenya:

  • Soap & Detergent manufacturing
  • Leather items manufacturing
  • Furniture making
  • Candle making
  • Packaged drinking water production

If interested to know more about manufacturing business ideas, check out our list of best manufacturing businesses to start on a small scale.

#4. Start a Soapmaking Business in Kenya

Soap is a fast-moving consumer product and has a good demand in Kenya. Production of soap making is simple and requires very little investment to start.

#5.  Rabbit Farming Business 

Rabbit farming is a good small business idea in which you can start in Kenya with small money. You will need the right breed of rabbits, pellets, well-constructed rabbit hutches, and labor to start this business.

#6. Small Bakery

Starting a small bakery business can be a profitable small venture in Kenya. You need baking equipment (pans, ovens, mixing equipment, cake decorating equipment, and measuring equipment), raw materials (flour, eggs, sugar), consistent recipes, business permits, and licenses and good marketing skills to start this business. As you make more profits, there is always an option of scaling up.

#7. Restaurant business

The scope of profit in the food business is high as the economy of Kenya is growing especially in cities like Nairobi.  You can start a restaurant business. Passion for food is a prerequisite to being successful in this business.

#8. Real estate dealing

Many Kenyans have become millionaires from real estate business activities. Start as a broker in buying and selling of land plots.

#9. Laundry Business

Laundry is easy to start a low-cost profitable business. In Kenya, this business has high growth potential. You just need a washing machine, pressing irons to start this business.

#10. Security Services

Security is a big concern in Kenya. You can set up a security company, employ and train young individuals, and provide security services to institutions and individuals.

Related: Top Security Related Small Business Ideas 

#11. Computer Repair and Maintenance

With the increase in sales of computers and laptops, the scope of repairing services will automatically grow in Kenya. Computer Repair and maintenance service is a good business idea to start in Kenya.  Additionally, you can also provide computer cleaning services.

#12. Adventure Club

Kenya is famous for safaris. You can start an adventure club providing training in mountaineering, scuba diving, surfing or caving.

#13. Advertising Campaign Developer

You can plan and build creative online campaigns and content for your clients— from successful social media campaigns, apps, mobile contests, video, email distribution, search engine optimization, online media ad buys — or a mix of all of the above.

Related: Highly Profitable Advertising Business Ideas

#14. Baby Sitting 

People who like children and a lot of leisure time in hand can easily start babysitting business. Babysitting is simply taking care of other’s children in the absence of their parents. This home-based business is simply offering your clients peace of mind about their child in terms of qualifications and security. Good money-making business for women entrepreneurs in Kenya.

#15.  Business Startup Instruction

Business startup instruction is one of the most profitable and trending home business ideas without investment. If you have years of experience in entrepreneurship and have an idea about the industry you may consider starting this business. This business demands adequate knowledge and expertise in the specific field with a mind to help others.

#16. Career Counseling 

Career counseling is all about providing the right advice to the students in their career path and to the jobber also who are looking for better career alternatives. With proper expertise, you can start this home business without investment. Having a career counseling degree is plus in this business.

17. Do Small Tasks Online

There are plenty of online freelance websites that offer small jobs like surveys, viewing advertisements, different types of micro-jobs. Check out our list of Top Micro Job Sites that offer legitimate earning opportunities.

18. Consulting  

If you are an expert in a specific field, you can initiate providing consulting service to the company or to any individual. With a true passion and adequate knowledge, anyone can start this business.

19. Content Developer

Producing quality info-based content that engages prospects and customers is the biggest content marketing challenge businesses face today. You can work here. You can initiate this business on your individual capacity or you can go for establishing an organization for delivering quality content to your customers.

20. Copywriting 

Freelance copywriting is one of the most profitable home-based business ideas that need very less startup capital to initiate. With good writing skills and knowledge about grammar, any individual can start this business.

21. Start a Brick Making Business in Kenya

The real estate market in Kenya is growing. The demand for cheap homes is on the rise. Bricks are cheap to produce and thereby providing a cheaper building option. You need a Brick making machine, enough sub-soil,  spades, and labor, etc to start brick making business. Training in brick-making before you invest will come very handy.

22. Creating Music Videos 

Nowadays a lot of companies look for music videos for brand building activity. Artists and singers also look for music videos for promotion. You can try this creative work if you enjoy doing so.

23. Direct Mail Service Consulting

Generally, community businesses prefer to have direct mail services. Those who are targeting mass like restaurants,  auto service shops electronics or gadgets shops, and general interest retail stores. This is a way of advertising where results can be measured quickly and easily.

In starting this business you will only need to have a computer with internet and phone. You can initiate this venture from your home location.

24. E-Book Writing

If you enjoy writing and you know the technique of making e-book then E-book writing is one of the best business ideas for women. You can start selling these E-books from your website, blog, or from Amazon also.

25. eCommerce Consulting 

Nowadays every small and big business are looking to tap the internet audiences to sell their product or services. Individuals having expertise in online marketing, e-commerce, and e-communications may start this business in Kenya from home location.

26. Employee Training

The demand for specialized employee training is enormous and it is increasing. Mostly required employee training courses are in customer service, money handling, working place safety measures, stress management, etc. Normally these training courses conducted on the employer’s site. One can operate this business from home location.

27. Barber Shop

Though many people feel barbershop is not for educated people, however, a barbershop is, in fact, a very profitable business. You can start a barbershop with an investment below Ksh.10000 in Kenya.

These are the top 25 plus small business ideas in Kenya to start with small money. We will be exploring more with new ideas and will update soon.

28. Sell Second Hand Clothes

The sale of second-hand clothes or as locally called mitumba is an all-time high now in Kenya. The best part of starting this business is that you don’t need much investment and no such skills are required.

What all you need is to source clothes which are widely found in markets in cities like Nairobi and a good retail location to sell. Individuals doing this business in Kenya are making an average of more than 500 shillings a month.

29. Car Rental Business

Though the Boda Boda motorcycle business is still a good money-making opportunity in Kenya, the car rental business is growing fast. Companies like Taxify is doing good business here. If you have money to invest in buying or leasing a car, this business is going to be profitable here in Kenya.

30. M- Pesa Business

M-Pesa business is now a booming industry and most people in Kenya looking to start a business consider M-Pesa. However, you need a substantial investment to start this business. Even this business is crowded, still, a lot of potential for making money exists in many corners in cities and towns of Kenya.