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How Kenyans Make Money Through Online Writing

About 50,000 graduates are churned out of public and private universities in Kenya every year piling into the number of unemployed youths in the country.

With a growing young population and the value attached to university education for a better life, most Kenyans join universities with an intention of getting an academic qualification that can land them a good job. The reality however, is quite different.

According to Kenya Bureau of Statistics, it takes a Kenyan university graduate an average of five years to secure a job in Kenya today.

After their study, most of the graduates move to the city where grass is deemed to be greener, before they are hit hard with the high rates of employment.

In the face of a weak economic growth, there has been a fervent call for university graduates to become entrepreneurs rather than seek employment.

Kennedy Juma landed in academic writing field after moving out of his parents’ house.

“I was broke and was looking around for a teaching job when my friend Nyasuma introduced me to online writing,” said Juma.

He was earning a meager Sh.80 per page back then but had to keep writing in order to sustain himself during the school vacations.

More than two years after graduating with a degree in Information Sciences, Juma continues to thrive in the writing industry which he had first considered a survival means.

“I wasn’t looking for an employment, I was only after a means of survival after which I would continue with my studies and become a Computer Security expert and ensure systems are full proof,” he explains.

Juma agrees that many graduates who miss out in the scramble for the few decent employment opportunities have decided to venture into online writing business.

Many studies have revealed that the future of those with university training dims with the dark fact that many of the employed are not engaged in the jobs for which they are qualified.

Out of frustration and desperation, the young citizens especially from poor backgrounds turn to drug addiction, illicit deals or find menial jobs for their survival.

Online writing has come as a blessing in disguise as it provides employment to most of the Kenyan unemployed youth.

Online writing accounts can be acquired either through buying or opening one. Most people prefer to buy account as the process of opening one is very rigorous and competitive.

“A good account goes for between fourty thousand and two hundred thousand. However, it is very important that one writes before acquiring an account,” Juma explains.

He continues, “In order to reap full returns from the investment placed in buying an account, you need to understanding the writing process, the language required, plagiarism issues and the structure,”

In a month, one can earn in excess of Ksh.150,000. In a good month, the amount can exceed Ksh.300,000.

The amount of money earned is dependent on one’s efforts.

Academic writing jobs pay Ksh.200 to Ksh.2,500 per page. In a day the average number of pages one can write is 10, meaning that you can make Ksh.2,000 and above every day, translating to over Ksh.60,000 per month.

Apart from academic writing business, you can also become a blogger. The good thing about blogging is that you are your own boss.


Timothy Angwenyi
Business Consultant.

Justine Nyachieo
Business Man & Mentor

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