How to make real money online in kenya on Upwork

how to make real money online in Kenya
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Here is how to Make Real Money online in Kenya!!!

I’ve decided to write this article to share my experiences on how to make make real money online in Kenya. This article will specifically focus on the upwork platform (formerly known as 0desk). The article is talking about Kenya because I am a Kenyan but ideally, the underlying principles are applicable to any country. 

What is Upwork? 

Upwork is an online platform which was founded in 2015 with a Mission of creating both economic and social value worldwide by creating reliable online jobs for freelancers to collaborate, connect and attain success with clients. 

Therefore, upwork is a freelancing platform with worldwide operations. It is an online marketplace where clients post work and contractors apply for them. The company is headquartered at Mountain View in California. 

Currently, there are 12 million freelancers registered on upwork. These are served jobs by 5 million clients. Wikipedia estimates that 3 million jobs are posted on upwork every year leading to transactions worth USD$1 billion within the same period. This makes upwork the largest online jobs platform in the world.

If you are willing to learn how to make real money online in Kenya, the best way to do that is to take action and walk along with us.  

How did I start? 

I started making money online in 2012 but the interest was first triggered in 2010. At that time I was participating in the East African University Games which tool place in Nairobi.  I met some university students who introduced me to the online freelancing business (upwork). 

At first, registering an account with upwork was an uphill task. It was a complex process then because I was new. Completing all the steps (tests, portfolio, profile etc) was an uphill task.  

Types of jobs on Upwork 

There are numerous jobs that can be done on upwork. This ranges from simple jobs like article writing, blogging, internet research and social media management among others. There are also jobs that require advanced skills such as big data analytics, data warehousing, statistical modelling, software engineering, machine learning, robotics, business intelligence, accounting and finance to name but a few.

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Clients and contractors pay 20% for the first $500 in all contracts. If the client spends a cumulative amount between $500.01 to $10,000, they pay a service fee of 10%. Any income or spending over $10,000 you pay a service fee of 5%.

This means that the more you earn (for contractors) or spend (in case of clients) the less you pay as service fees in terms of percentage of the total amount earned or paid.

Mode of Payments

Clients pay contractors using Paypal, Skrill, credit cards or just make a bank transfer to upwork escrow system. I prefer using Skrill (formerly called Moneybookers) because it is now possible to send money to MPESA (mobile money transfer service in Kenya). I do not have to go out looking for a bank. From the escrow system, the money is transferred to the contractors after a period of six days. This period is provided for to allow clients to approve the work being done by their contractors.

Types of jobs on Upwork 

There are two main types of jobs on upwork. That is: 

  1. Fixed jobs – contractors are paid after completing given tasks. 
  2. Hourly jobs – upwork believes that “an hour worked is an hour paid.” 

Main Pages on Upwork

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Photo: image grab showing main pages on upwork website 

 Find Work Tab

The find work tab provides you options to access jobs for applications, proposals, profile and your stats. 

My Jobs Tab

This shows the jobs that you are working on and the work diary. This will indicate which jobs are active or suspended. 

Reports Tab

This tab shows the following items: 

  • an overview of all your activities 
  • time sheet details 
  • time analysis
  • earnings by client and 
  • lifetime billing by client

Messages Tab

This tab contains or the correspondences with clients or contractors. It is a communication center for the platform users. It is just like the communication department in an organization. 

I will share with you my daily adventures online and even explore the possibility of making tons of money during my free time. 

For more information watch the film video. My friend Jephiter Ondari explains how he makes money online:

If you have something to add to this article please do so in the comments section. Finally, remember to follow us on Twitter: @kerosiT


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Geoffrey Kerosi is a prolific Kenyan writer based in Nairobi City. He holds a Bachelors in Economics and Statistics and is currently pursuing Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Kenyatta University. Email: Whatsapp: +254713 639 776 YouTube: Kerosi TV

2 thoughts on “How to make real money online in kenya on Upwork

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