During my job hunt in 2008/2009, I begged employers to give me an odd job.
None of the employers talked to believed I could handle an odd job.
There are many unemployed Kenyans looking to get into the competitive job market who look down on odd jobs.
Ever thought about a job that’s dirty, weird and you wouldn’t give a second thought to?
The biggest misconception that influences your decision is that you think you only stand to make peanuts with odd jobs.
If you have any financial goals, you cannot afford to live a redundant lifestyle, sitting around waiting for that white-collar job that’s not coming.
We will not all get to work jobs we love.
That’s a fact.
It’s now time for you to get yourself out of this bubble of fantasy and start looking for odd jobs that pay well.
We will look at some of these well paying odd jobs that you can try today and make good money.
What are Odd Jobs?
An odd job is a casual or an isolated piece of work, especially one of a routine domestic or manual nature.
Odd jobs are usually incidental ( happen by chance) unspecialized tasks of nature with temporary employment. Some examples of these odd jobs include plumbing, welding etc.
Odd jobs are great for anyone who has little or no experience and no money.
Some of these odd jobs require little training and skills.
You can do these jobs in an unrelated series with no particular order.
For example, you can work as a cleaner today or in the mornings and then you can be a construction worker or an artisan the next day.
18 Odd Jobs That Pay Well in Kenya
There are a number of odd jobs in Kenya that you can look into.
I only selected the top 18 odd jobs that pay well in Kenya. It’s something everybody without a job out there should try.
- Street food vending
This is one of the most popular odd jobs that I’ve seen many people (especially youths) doing.
From selling chapos, smokies and chips, street food vending is an odd job that really pays well.
I once saw a tweet by some University of Nairobi engineering graduate talking about how he earns 100,000k in a month from selling chapatis.
He had been looking for a white-collar job for a while now and since time was moving and he wasn’t getting any younger, he had to look for a job.
Street food vending is a very lucrative business that pays well.
The good thing is that you require little capital with no experience whatsoever in the field.
All you need are good recipes, a clean stand and a great personality to succeed in this job!
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This is yet another odd job that pays well in Kenya.
Plumbing involves fixing, installing and maintaining a plumbing system, including the water and drainage pipes.
As a plumber, you will be working for water and sewerage companies and take on plumbing jobs in institutions or at your client’s home and get paid.
Plumbers make Ksh. 50,000 or more per month in Kenya.
The amount of money you make will depend on the location area of your clients and the number of clients you get. The more clients, the more money.
If your clients are located in high-end areas, then rest assured that you will earn more.
Plumbers need experience and excellent customer service; be the best.
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- Construction Worker
A construction worker is what we call fundi in Kenya. You have probably heard of this word a couple of times.
Being a construction worker is an odd job that pays well in Kenya.
This explains why there are so many people who want to give their skills as fundis in the construction sector.
Construction workers are typically paid by their skills and their level of experience per day.
Highly skilled construction workers are held in high regard and paid more.
On average, the amount of money you will make as a construction worker will be Ksh. 1,000 to Ksh. 2,000 per day.
This translates to Ksh. 30,000 to Ksh.60,000 per month.
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- Construction Assistant
A construction assistant is what we call watu wa mkono in Kenya.
If you are not familiar with this term, perhaps you may know their job description.
Construction assistants are those people you see carrying around bricks, bags of cement and water to the construction site.
If you have the strength and the willpower you can become a construction assistant and get paid really well.
This particular odd job is frowned upon by so many Kenyans, but you can earn Ksh. 500 to Ksh. 800 per day.
This totals up to Ksh. 15,000 to Ksh. 24,000 per month.
You also have the potential to earn more depending on the construction project.
- Construction Foreman.
A construction foreman is a person who is in charge of overseeing that the construction process is taking place effectively.
As a foreman, you will be working with the fundis and the construction assistants to make sure that the project is taking place as it should.
Construction foremen are usually experienced in the field and highly skilled.
On average, you will be earning Ksh.2,000 to Ksh. 3,000 as a construction foreman.
This translates to Ksh. 60,000 per month with this odd job.
- Matatu driver and conductor
There is a surge of matatus in Kenya today– and with good reason.
A lot of unemployed citizens are just realising how much of a well paying job it is to become a matatu driver or a conductor.
Matatu drivers work together throughout the day to pick and drop off passengers at their needed destinations.
What happens is that as a matatu driver or conductor, you will be operating the matatu, fuel it, take it for service and then pay the owner of the matatu his expected profits.
What remains will be left for you.
The amount of money you make as a matatu driver will depend on the number of passengers you get and if you are operating popular and busy routes.
On average, you can make Ksh.30,000 a month working as a matatu driver or a conductor.
- House cleaner/Housekeeping
This is another well paying odd job in Kenya.
Housekeeping involves keeping your client’s home clean, neat and orderly.
As a house cleaner, you will be required to maintain your client’s home, take out trash and make their place tidy.
You then get paid for these services.
As a housekeeper, you will earn Ksh. 1,000 to Ksh. 1,500 per day to take care of your client’s houses.
If you want to earn more than this, you have to look for more good clients who are ready and willing to pay you for your house cleaning services.
It is easy to make Ksh. 30,000 a month with a housekeeping job in Kenya.
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- House sitting
Let’s just be honest; Nairobi can be quite a risky place to live in.
With the daily hustle and bustle of life and the increase in criminal activities, people find it hard and unsafe to leave their homes unattended while going to work.
They will pay someone to take care of their homes and house sit while they are away.
House sitting is the perfect odd job for anyone who doesn’t mind staying cooped up indoors for the best part of the day.
You will be lazing around on the couch while keeping an eye out for any burglars or intruders.
You have to confirm with the homeowner what you are allowed to use/not use.
After a successful day, you will be paid Ksh. 500 to Ksh. 800 on your way out.
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- Laundry services
This is another odd job in Kenya that is quite popular.
With laundry service, you will be washing, ironing and folding people’s clothes at a fee.
While there are laundry machines available, other low to middle-class people offer laundry services manually.
If you have the physical stamina to do this, then you should totally go for it.
The amount of money you can make in a day with laundry service is around Ksh. 1,000 to Ksh. 2,000 per day.
If you want to make more money with laundry service, then you should look for more clients in high-end areas and offer them your services.
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For families that have small children and busy parents, it is difficult to take care of your kids while running a business or reporting for work every day.
Babysitting is considered an odd job because you will not be spending the day with the children all through.
As a babysitter, you can run a daycare and take care of people’s babies in their homes.
You will then give the children back to their parents safely when they are picked up.
On average, you can charge your clients Ksh. 500 to Ksh. 1,000 per day.
As you can see, this is a well-paying job that you should really consider starting today.
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- Garbage collection
This is perhaps regarded as one of the dirtiest jobs in Kenya.
It’s easy to wonder why someone would want to spend the rest of their days covered in filth for “measly” pay.
Truth is garbage collection is a very lucrative odd job that anyone should think about trying.
I know of a person who works as a garbage collector during the weekdays and flashes an expensive lifestyle on the weekends.
With garbage collection, you will be earning money as per the house where you collected garbage from.
The average charge is Ksh. 100. If you collect garbage for 50 houses in one apartment, then that means you make Ksh. 5,000 a day.
You can make Ksh. 40,000 or more a month with a garbage collection job.
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Welding involves the moulding of metallic material into different shapes for various purposes.
When you think about welding, perhaps the first thought that comes to mind is the jua kali.
This is closer to the truth.
As a welder, you will be making metallic boxes, gates, steel chairs and stands. You will then get paid for the overall work output.
For example, if you made a deal with your clients for a set of chairs that go for Ksh. 20,000 then that is what you will be paid.
If you do not know how to weld, you can take a course, acquire training and learn through apprenticeship.
Welding is a well-paying job in Kenya.
On average, you can make Ksh. 60,000 on a good day, from a welding job.
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This is another dirty odd job in Kenya. Many Kenyans are driving cars today and this means that mechanical services are ever in high demand.
Mechanics are people who earn a lot of money.
You will be paid well when you start a job as a mechanic.
The amount of money you make however will depend on the number of cars you are servicing and the car brand you are working on.
For example, if you work on a Mercedes Benz, you will definitely be paid more than if you are servicing a Vitz car.
If you want to be paid well, start targeting these high-end clients and also look for more clients who need your mechanical skills.
If you do not have these skills, you can acquire training and learn.
On average, you can make Ksh. 40,000 a month with a job as a mechanic.
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- Motorbike operators
Operating motorbikes is one of the best odd jobs that pay well in Kenya.
This explains the rising number of motorbike operators in every part of the country.
Starting out as a motorbike operator needs little capital, as you will just need to buy the motorbike and you are ready to go. If you do not know how to use them, take lessons.
The amount of money you make as a motorbike operator will depend on the number of clients you will get and the distance you will be covering.
You also have to operate in popular areas if you want to make more money.
On average, you can earn up to Ksh. 2,000 with a job as a motorbike operator. This is really well-paying.
- Online writing
Working online as a writer is also considered an odd job. This is perhaps one of the most attractive and exciting odd jobs in Kenya.
You only need a reliable computer and a good Internet connection to get started.
You do not require any capital to start and you can find these writing jobs on sites such as Upwork, Fiverr or Freelancer.
Online writing is a well paying odd job and you can make Ksh. 1,000 per every short article you write.
If you want to earn more money, then you need to write lengthy articles.
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- Street entertaining
Street entertaining is still not as popular but is another well paying job that you can start today.
Street entertaining involves singing, dancing or acrobatics.
I’ve seen these popular acrobats around archives who entertain people and they get money doing so.
If you are talented and you are ready to make money with an odd job, consider doing this.
You will get to do what you love and make money while at it.
On a good day, street entertainers can make Ksh. 2,000 from people who enjoy their show.
If you want to make more money, then you should put up your show where it is high end and a popular tourist site.
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In a gardening job, you will be hired to slash grass and trim the hedges by your clients and then you get paid.
This type of gardening as an odd job is usually small scale and you will literally need a machete and a slasher to get you by.
You will need physical stamina to get your work done effectively.
On average, you will get paid Ksh. 500 to Ksh. 800 to take care of people’s hedges and flower beds.
If you want to make more money, then you need to find more clients who need your gardening services.
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- Gig jobs
Gig jobs include deejaying and emceeing.
If you are extroverted and you wouldn’t mind going out to a wedding or a birthday party to liven up the mood, then this odd job is for you.
There are not so many emcees in Kenya even though the demand is quite high.
Before you start out, you have to consider how you are going to process your services and charge your clients.
On average, gig jobs can pay you Ksh. 5,000 to Ksh. 20,000 per event.
This is a well paying odd job in Kenya that anyone should consider giving a shot.
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What’s the Easiest Job That Pays The Most?
The following are the easiest jobs that pay the most and they are:
NOTE: There are no easy jobs and what may seem easy will be daunting.
Jobs Paying The Most and Don’t Need a Degree
The following are jobs paying the most and don’t need a degree and they are:
Power plant operators
Computer support specialists
There are some lowly jobs that pay well in Kenya that most people would not dare touch with a ten-foot pole.
If you are a graduate, unemployed and ready to get dirty, hop on these odd jobs that pay well. You won’t regret it.
In a matter of months, you will set yourself on a clear financial path and it will be easier for you to make ends meet as you wait for that elusive white-collar job.
Life is moving pretty fast and you do not want to turn 30, 40 or 50 with no income, savings or investments.
It’s time to put aside your glass slippers and take the necessary steps towards achieving your dreams, being financially independent and realising financial freedom.
These odd jobs are a good place to get you started.
You will not regret it.
Silence those voices and negative opinions and watch the trajectory of your life change.
Which of the following odd jobs would you love to start?