Many candidates in Kenya find themselves in a state of uncertainty during the long period after the completion of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
On average, the period spans eight months to one year, constituting one of the longest breaks in a student’s life.
With a substantial amount of time at their disposal, those candidates can prepare for their initial years in college by engaging in various side hustles. The eight-month waiting period can be utilized effectively through the following avenues:
Photography Business: Cameras can be expensive, making ownership challenging for recent high school graduates. However, many photographers rent the equipment they use. By targeting events or functions, ex-candidates can hire a camera and generate profit.
Those in bustling neighborhoods can identify opportune days when neighbors may require a photographer, offering services for a fee after learning through platforms like YouTube.
Teaching Assistant: For those who excelled in specific subjects, sitting idle at home can be monotonous. This downtime presents an opportunity to enhance one’s career, practice public speaking, and refine oral communication skills.
Top-performing students can coach and mentor fellow high school students, charging per session or providing comprehensive tuition packages.
Sales Promotions: Participating in product promotions for various brands, including roadshows, mall exhibitions, and door-to-door advertising, can be a lucrative endeavor. Depending on the brand, daily salaries can range from 500 to 2000 Kenyan Shillings.
Cashier: Over-the-counter payments are common in the Kenyan market, and becoming a cashier can yield an average income of Ksh 10,000 – 15,000. With minimal expenses, such as commuting and packed lunches, this role allows for substantial savings.
Food Vending: Venturing into street food businesses, such as selling eggs, smokies, and coffee, can be profitable.
Starting with a capital of around Ksh 1,000, items like boiled eggs can be sold at double the purchase price. Fruit and ice cream parlors are also viable with an initial investment of approximately Ksh 5,000, provided the location is strategic and competition is manageable.
Data Entry: Companies, government institutions, and corporations occasionally require data merging, often on a short-term basis. Even though they are not readily available, these jobs can be one of the highest-paying side hustles during this period, offering daily wages ranging from Ksh 800 to Ksh 2000 at a maximum.