Small Business IDEAS with Small Capital
We have been spotting some of the most creative small business ideas in Kenya 2015, browsing through different industries and looking further into the future – finally, here are 10 concepts that we would like to share with you.
We hope that you’ll find this simple guide as inspiring as we do, and that it will help you spark even more innovations in coming years. Of course, if you have some more business ideas that one can start with small capital, feel free to share them on the comment box provided at the tail end of this article.
If you take a brief visit to upcoming residential areas in towns like Nakuru, Mombasa, Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu, you will notice that there’s potential for professional landscaping business as people seek to improve the curb appeal of their homes. You can offer services like basic mowing, trimming, maintenance or just landscape design.
Basic Equipment Needed
*Lawn Mowers (and riding mowers)
*Manual tools (e.g. spades, jembe, forks etc.)
You can hire one or two assistants who will be helping you when you land big contracts.
9.Yoga Instructor Business
Kenya is fast catching up with the rest of the world as far as embracing the practice of yoga is concerned. Currently, there are few than 200 trained, local yoga youth teachers against an estimated market demand of 1 million. The middle class section of the society (mainly comprising of people who earn between Ksh80, 000 and Ksh150, 000 per month), is likely to provide the best market for yogis.
Before you start, it is best to work for an established yoga outlet so you can gain more experience in the craft and build a loyal following. Here in Kenya, you can take part in the Africa Yoga project.
Once you’ve built a clientele and are confident in the opportunities the market has to offer, find a good, accessible location and open your business.
You may want to add more services to your catalog e.g. by offering dance lessons, guitar training sessions and Zumba alongside yoga.
8.Collecting & Selling Antiques
Do you have a good eye for spotting old items that remind people of great historical times? Perhaps you are capable of collecting old cupboards, jewelry, watches, TVs, photos, paint-works or even an old Kenyan flag…or even that weird looking flag of Vihiga County…simply anything that anybody who values history would be interested in.
Your work as an antiques businessman is to collect age-old treasures and sell them to people who value history and heritage. Sometimes, if you do a really good job, you’ll find that some museums will approach you offering even bigger deals for your collection. Wow, that must be one of the oldest small business ideas you’ve heard in 2015.
Related: Tips on How to do a Feasibility Study for your small business idea
7.Motorcycle Errands Business
Many people lead busy, sedentary lives and they can hardly find time to do some of the most basic things in life. Things like: door pickups of mails, bulk documents, payment of bills (e.g. KRA remittance, NSSF remittance, NHIF remittance), utility bills, personal shopping (laundry, flowers, grocery), application or renewal of licenses (business license, driving license etc.) and any other time consuming duties.
Therein lies an opportunity to start a small motorcycle errands business. With as little as Ksh200, 000 you can invest in one motorbike, licenses and marketing. On average you can expect make about Ksh15, 000 per motorbike per month after deducting all expenses (including paying the rider). You can make even more as the business grows.
There is potential to expand the business and that is by investing in more motorbikes – hence creating more revenue streams.
You can targets families, small and micro enterprises, construction companies and non-governmental organizations. Aside from building a good reputation and wide clientele you need to invest in the following items.
*Powerful motorbike than can carry over 100kgs – each goes for around Ksh100, 000