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6 Low Cost Business Ideas You Can Implement This Weekend

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In the entrepreneurship world, so much is said about startups and the hardships, hustles and all the difficulties one goes through to establish themselves.  But hey, I believe that in every sphere of life you have to struggle to get what you want. No gain without pain. Even in school, to get those first-class results, you have to warm those books and do research to give the best proposal. So, it is not any different when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Today I am going to take us on a journey of start-ups where we will get to learn how we can earn thousands with less than Ksh. 500. Personally, I believe so much in the humble beginnings. And in most cases, whatever you learn on the ground and implement is what sustains you, even when you get big.

  1. Hawking

I’m sure if not most of us upon seeing the word hawking are like… “No, that’s not for me!” But before you brush off that idea, why don’t you follow me in a few. First of all, there’s no fee you pay for hawking. You just use what you have. Your feet and hands. You can hawk anything as long as you have the passion.

Take for instance sweets, umbrellas, toothpaste, water, biscuits and the like. And good thing is that you need less than Ksh. 500 for such. On a rainy day, you will buy an umbrella for Ksh. 100 or 150 and sell the same at Ksh. 300 or even Ksh. 500. Now say you sell like 50 umbrellas.

Selling mitumba is another business that requires minimal capital. This is because you can start with as low as Ksh.500, go to Gikomba market, purchase ladies’ tops at Ksh. 30 each and sell them at Ksh. 200. Now that is something to think about. You can hawk such clothes in big companies and get higher profits.

  1. Shoe shining Stall

Ever thought of shoe shining? Well, this too is a great idea.  For a pair of shoes, you pay Ksh. 40 or Ksh. 100, depending on the location of the shoe shine stall. And if it is around a busy town, it becomes even more profitable. You can actually make so much money a day, because everyone wants to look smart in Nairobi.  And the good thing is, you only need your hands, shoe polish and brushes, water and of course a cleaning material especially on muddy days.

  1. Bodaboda industry

This is also very profitable. For starters, the Bodaboda is owned by someone else and they entrust it to you, saying by the end of the day you are supposed to bring him a fixed Ksh. 300 or Ksh. 500. That means for a ride it is Ksh. 50, what if you begin working from 6:00am till say 9:00pm. Meaning you will have had more than 30 customers in a good day.  That translates to Ksh. 1500 in a day. And you get to go home with Ksh. 1000 daily. What if you get hired to do corporate events delivery? The profits are way higher.

  1. Boiled Eggs and Smokies

Selling boiled eggs and sausages is another upcoming start-up with very good returns, especially if you do both. This means you buy a packet of smokies at Ksh. 330, and a packet has 24 pieces, and sells one at Ksh. 25. That means for a packet you make Ksh. 600. From one packet you make a profit of Ksh. 270. Now that is good money for smokies alone. How about you incorporate eggs? That is much more profitable.

  1. Manicure and Pedicure

Doing manicure and pedicure on the streets and in people’s houses is another very profitable venture. This will cost you less than Ksh. 500 because especially in the beginning where you do not necessarily need space. Every woman today wants to look and feel beautiful. Making ladies nails goes for Ksh. 200 for each, when it is the polish alone, with no decorations and a bottle goes for Ksh. 100.

  1. DayCare

Starting a daycare business is also another very amazing idea. This is especially if you have space. For starters you can do four beds, a simple table, and dressing area. Nowadays, mothers do not want to leave their children in the hands of house helps, because they have become unreliable. They prefer a daycare where they can leave their children while going to work and get them in the evening, after work.  For a single day, that goes between Ksh. 100-1000. For a day, that is very profitable.

All these among many more are businesses you can venture in, start small and build yourself up. Within some few years, you will be glad you tried something out, because looking back; it will be worth it.

All the best! I am sure most of you will agree with me now that it is not all about the capital. Passion and talent can pave way for you. Re-examine yourself and know your passion.

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Manyatta United, Kitale Queens Win Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom National Finals

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Manyatta United from Nyanza and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley are the new national champions of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Youth tournament.

Manyatta United emerged the national champions in the boys’ category after beating Rift Valley’s Al-Ahly FC 2-1. It was an entertaining game as each side displayed amazing skills with jittery fans chanting in support of their favorite teams in a fully parked Kinoru stadium.

Dennis Ayot scored an early penalty for Manyatta in the 23rd minute before Benson Ochieng netted a header in the 38th minute as the first half ended 2-0.  Al-Ahly FC came back into the second half, controlling the game and  scored a penalty in the 60th minute but it proved to be only a consolation goal as the match ended at 2-1 in favour of Manyatta United.

“It is a good feeling to win against such a tough opponent. We have fought hard and we have come a long away. Today is a big day for us and we are so happy. Our win today makes us proud because we are taking home the glory and KES 1M that will go a long way in helping the academy. This is a big thing for us,” said Ibrahim Ochieng, attacking –midfielder, Manyatta United.

In the girls’ category, Kitale won 4-2 against Nairobi’s Acakoro Ladies in a post-match penalty shootout to be crowned national champions after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.

Sylvia Makhungu gave Acakoro an early lead in the 15th minute before Agneta Marondo equalized in the 22nd minute to end the first half 1-1. The Second half saw Rachel Adhiambo score through a set piece in the 68th minute only for Kitale Queens to respond almost immediately with an equalizer in the 71st minute, courtesy of Daisy Busia as the match ended 2-2

“This is a dream come true for us. The game was not easy at all but we made it. We are supper excited to be crowned season two’s national champions of the tournament and take home the KES 1M. We are happy,” said Sylvia Makhungu, striker, Acakoro Ladies.

Manyatta United and Kitale Queens each bagged the coveted prize of KES 1M among other individual prizes. The losing finalists, Acakoro Ladies and Al-Ahly FC pocketed KES 500,000 cash reward and silver medals each.

This edition saw 32 boys and girls scouted from across all regions during the eight regional finals to form The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom All-Stars who attended a ten days training camp in Spain early last month.

 

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PMC Estates Limited’s Wonderful Solution that is Easing Landlords’ Stress

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PMC Estates Limited has launched a campaign that is meant to ease stress for landlords

PMC Estates Limited, one of the leading property letting and management companies in Kenya has launched a solution-oriented campaign dubbed ‘Landlord Bila Stress’ which is aimed at partnering with landlords and property owners in helping them to manage their rental properties with much more ease.  The initiative will see landlords take advance rental payments against their managed properties.

“Landlords can now take advantage of this advance payment and direct the funds to any of their priority areas including construction, mortgage or loan repayments or for their personal needs. The advanced funds shall then be recovered over an agreed period of time through rent collections,” says Peter Kariuki, PMC Estates Managing Director.

The firm, which specializes in professional letting and management of both residential and commercial properties in Kenya, has introduced this initiative to further empower investors in properties to grow their wealth through mutual partnerships that will propel social and economic prosperity.

The ‘Landlords Bila stress’ initiative will provide a great opportunity which translates that landlords will no longer have to wait for the month to end in order to access cash. The landlord will also have an opportunity to access more cash than what the property is generating on any given month.

“This PMC Estates solution will offer landlords an opportunity to get customized financing to further help them improve the standard of their property, which will in-turn have a ripple effect on the rental value leading to more income,” says Kariuki.

He notes that PMC Estates shall not only commit to finance facelifts, improvements, repairs and renovations to ensure the landlords earn more from their investment but that the firm will also carry out a thorough inspection of the property to offer the owner, a detailed proposal with budgets on the needed works to be done.

“This is already happening with our current happy landlord partners and we are keen to enlist more property owners to take advantage of this great opportunity,” notes Kariuki.  The company will also be holding Landlord empowerment forums in various satellite towns in the country to sensitize property owners on how they can take up and enjoy the incentives being offered

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Step By Step Guide On How To Rear Broilers And Kienyeji Chicken

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In the modern day Kenyan, most young people are involved in technology related careers such that it would not be a wonder to see that in the five or ten years to come, we might have less people producing agricultural products for the country’s population.

It is for this reason that despite my background in a technology related Bachelor’s course, I developed interest in chicken rearing especially the ‘kienyeji’ chicken.

Most important requirement is the passion and the motivation. Poultry farming is not for the faint hearted. It has several requirements and requires devotion.

To start a poultry farming business, these are the must haves;

  1. Formulate a business plan with the intended goals and how to achieve them
  2. Have enough capital. This includes some space of land, electricity/lighting and equipment –feeders, drinkers, water storage
  3. Decide which type of poultry you wish to invest in say the broilers, layers or kienyeji chicken.
  4. Find a niche market
  5. Keep all accounting records accurately

Having achieved that, let us take a step by step guide on how to rear broilers and kienyeji chicken.

First and foremost have a good housing structure facing away from the winds direction. The house should always be dry to avoid infection (wood shavings are used to keep the house dry. It should have good lighting and proper ventilation. Before the chicken arrive, disinfect the house to avoid infection. Prepare brooding area (it should be well spaced, should be without corners and with proper lighting), spread newspapers on the floor of the brooding area and light up the heat jiko 30 minutes prior chicks arrival.

Feeding

Day 1 to day 11. Chicks are in the brooder are fed on starters mash and crumb. (They eat all the time; their rooms should be properly light). At night the heat jiko is lit to keep them warm.

After 11 days, the chicken are brought out of brooder and are still fed on starters mash and crumbs up to day 21. From day 21 to day 42 the chicken are fed on finisher’s marsh and pellets and are ready for sale.

An average broiler weighs 1.5kgs. Broilers should be kept where there is no noise to avoid stressing them. Broilers takes 6 six weeks to mature.

Kienyeji chicks assuming you have the right housing and equipment.

It is necessary to select the right breed. These include improved kari chicks, kuroiler chicks, rainbow rooster and kenbro. Kienyeji farming is cheap though it requires lots of patience. Kienyeji chick takes 5-6 months to lay eggs or have right weight for meat.

Feeding

Kienyeji chicks are fed on chick mash from day one for 8weeks. By the end of 8weeks a chick should have consumed 2kgs of feed that is 35g per day.

From 8th week to 18th week they are fed on growers mash. A chick should consume around 7kgs (100g per day).

From 18th week you can introduce layers mash if you want them for eggs or kienyeji mash.

Kienyeji chicks do not depend entirely on commercial feeds unlike broilers you can feed them with food leftovers greens spinach and worms this lowers cost on feeds.

Water: Clean water should be provided always

Vaccination

  • Day 10-Gumboro first dose
  • Day 15- Gumboro second dose
  • 3rd week- Newcastle
  • 6th week – fowl pox
  • 8th week- Newcastle 2nd dose and fowl typhoid
  • 18th week -Newcastle
  • 19th week –Deworm

Prevention is better than cure always vaccinate

Housing: Should be well ventilated and spaced. Have good lighting

There are various housing methods. eg free range, battery cage system.

It is that easy to raise a chick. Though it requires passion, patience and persistence it is indeed a worthy course. Do not just be a chicken lover be a chicken raiser increase chicks weight.

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