How to sell online in Kenya

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Posted by on Wednesday February 22, 2012 11:42:16:

One of the best and most efficient way to make money online in Kenya is simply by selling something. Nowadays, with the growth of the internet and with increasing visitors from Africa, it only makes sense to have something of value to offer to people.

If you want to make good money from the internet, then you need to be able to offer something to people. It should be something that people are looking for, something they wouldn't mind paying for?

Most internet businesses or merchants who make the biggest money are the ones that sell virtual products or services. They sell items like ebooks, mp3s, videos, accounts and other computer files which can easily be downloaded from the worldwide web. They sell digital items which hardly require any physical inventory or store but rather websites and/or servers that allow a good shopping experience. What do you think that makes internet companies like Google, Yahoo and even Facebook make millions of profits yearly? They have a huge online advertising network which is supported by online advertisers seeking to reach their membership base. So first they lure in customers by offering free accounts and then link them up with advertisers who are selling or marketing their items.

What can you sell online?
- Virtual products
- Real products

Digital items you can sell online in Kenya with instant download and on autopilot
- ebooks
- Video tutorials
- Pictures
- Membership accounts

You can decide on which type of products or services to offer to people either in Kenya or outside. You should decide on which delivery method to use and it could be instant download or by courier.

What you will need to sell online in Kenya
- A website
- Payment processor
- Potential buyers

Which payment processors can you use in Kenya?
They are quite a lot so I would just list a few that can work well for you. You just need to integrate it to your product and website and allow for seamless transactions:

- Paypal
- Alertpay
- Mpesa
- Moneybookers
- 2Checkout

Why selling online pays
The internet appears to be the future now as everyone streams to it for one reason or the other. There is hardly any young person now who don't know anything about the internet and major companies are establishing their presence online so it only makes sense to sell online in Kenya.

- You hardly need to keep any inventory
- It allows you to have a 24 hr store
- You can sell without being there
- You can receive payments online for 24hrs
- It requires little initial investment and much cheaper than tradition trading

If you are looking for a quick and reliable way to make money in the long run in Kenya, moving your business idea online can do that. There are not a lot of internet start-ups who make millions of money yearly in Kenya and yet they have no physical store. Even if you already have a business or physical store where you trade, establishing an online presence can get you more sales and even a better reputation.

Re: How to sell online in Kenya Reply by Gerald on Friday March 30, 2012 at 9:31:30:

We set up our site in 2009

We sell travel services. We have made very very good money off the site proving that Kenyans can indeed succeed online if they are dedicated enough

Re: How to sell online in Kenya Reply by sheila lalani on Friday January 18, 2013 at 12:13:27:

i have a full poultry equipment from mini drinkers/feeders to 2 plucking machines and cold room compresser how do I sell these to the highest bidder on line?

Re: How to sell online in Kenya Reply by Felix Okoli on Friday January 18, 2013 at 12:13:27:

You will probably have to list it an an online auction site

Re: How to sell online in Kenya Reply by Larry Keya on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 16:7:0:

For those interested in Virtual Products, here is a Kenyan site that is designed purely to sell Virtual Products

In this Platform Sellers Can create an account and upload their products. The best part about that platform is that all products listed there are marketed by affiliates taking the marketing pressure off sellers :)

Check it out!