200+ Business Ideas in Kenya

A business is always the best alternative to the ever elusive jobs. However, the success of the business depends on very many factors and most businesses have already failed even before day one. Both big and small business ideas in Kenya tend to fail, if poorly implemented.

A research by the Harvard Business Review studied thousands of failed businesses to determine the main reason for failure. The researchers eventually concluded that, aside from poor execution, most businesses failed because the business idea was simply not profitable. Because of this, we have compiled the best 200 business ideas in Kenya that we could find.

These business ideas for Kenya are listed based on the initial capital outlay required. Capital is what sets businesses apart. Although certain businesses can’t be put up without access to large amounts of capital, it is still very possible to start a very profitable business with very little capital.

Some of the ideas that will be listed can be executed with even as little as Sh.5000 and less. Additionally, the post will gradually introduce the big money ideas that have been used by business professionals around the world to secure their wealth.

The post is divided into a number of sections depending on the amount of capital you have access to. Feel free to scroll to the section that provides ideas that suit your budget.

  1. Sh5,000 and below
  2. Between Sh5,000 and Sh20,000
  3. Between Sh20,000 and Sh50,000
  4. Between Sh50,000 and Sh100,000
  5. Between Sh100,000 and Sh500,000
  6. Between Sh500,000 and Sh1M
  7. Between Sh1M and Sh5M
  8. Sh5M and above
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SH20,000 and Below

  • Mandazi
  • Selling Boiled and Roasted Maize
  • Smokies and Boiled Eggs
  • Tailoring
  • Milk bar
  • Photocopy and printing service
  • Fruit vending
  • Mobile phone repair
  • Mtumba
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Between SH20,000 and SH50,000

  • Liquid detergent
  • Run a popcorn machine
  • Furniture business
  • Tuk Tuk
  • Motorcycle BodaBoda
  • Professional shoe shine service
  • Mpesa agency
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Between SH50,000 and SH100,000

  • Selling Cereals – Capital: Sh100,000
  • Children entertainment
  • Start an online shop
  • Start a blog
  • Graphic Design Service
  • Cyber café
  • Movie shop
  • Kerosene Pump
  • Electric Appliance repair
  • Rearing poultry
  • Commercial buildings cleaning business
  • Bank agency
  • Debt collection
  • Posho mill
  • Laundry business

Between Sh100,000 and Sh500,000

  • Fabrics – Capital: 200,000

This is a very popular business that requires very minimal capital to start up but some level of know-how. You profit from buying fabric in bulk and subdividing into smaller dimensions for sale to tailors. In spite of the small profit margins involved, tailors use hundreds of meters of fabric in a month. Fabric sold in Kenya is purchased from Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria.

If you are going to aim for quality, then Uganda and Nigeria provide the best quality.

  • Catering business – Capital: Sh.200,000

Catering deals with the organization of popular events such as weddings, church events, birthdays etc. Requires a minimum capital of around Sh.200,000. Major expenses include equipment cost and licensing fees. However this is only a capital injection and the recurrent costs are very low per month.

To succeed as a caterer you have to perfect your people skills.

  • Video game shop
  • Cereals – Capital: Sh.100,000

Cereals such as dried rice maize and beans are fast-moving products especially in residential areas. Can start up with around Sh50,000 for a smaller market.

  • Welding – Capital:400,000
  • Pharmacy
  • Mobile Phone Sales
  • Butchery
  • Chicken and chips eatery
  • Grocery
  • Butchery
  • Bookshop
  • Car wash
  • Barbeshop
  • LPG gas refill
  • Courier service
  • Beauty salon
  • Baby care service
  • Wines and Spirits
  • Water bottling plant
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Between SH500,000 and SH1M

  • PR Consultancy – Capital: 500,000
  • Charcoal Retail
  • Tent and chair rentals
  • Soft drink distribution
  • Bakery
  • Waste Recycling
  • Car Wash
  • Professional massage service
  • Fast food e.g chips.
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Between 1M and 5M

  • Real Estate Agency
  • Elecrical Hardware
  • Bakery
  • Professional Consultancy
  • Trading shares
  • Milk dispenser
  • Screen printing
  • Gym
  • Mini-supermarket
  • Hardware retail business
  • Designated driver service

5M and above

  • Ad Agency
  • Lease out a vehicle to Taxi companies
  • Uber
  • Taxi
  • Supply building materials
  • Restaurant
  • Matatu
  • Sports betting company

Top Blogs and Forums for Business Ideas in Kenya

  1. Business Ideas 101 facebook group
  2. Wazua

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