The Digital Nomad Lifestyle in Kenya

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Kenyan entrepreneurs and digital nomads are getting work done in one of Africa's largest coworking spaces, Nairobi Garage. (Image courtesy of Nairobi Garage)

Do you get spiritless every morning when you think of making the same old boring trip to the office, facing the same four cubicle/office walls all day, the same way that you have for the last decade or so? If you hate routine, perhaps it’s time you considered joining other digital nomads in Kenya.

A digital nomad is a person who telecommutes or moves from place to place, in search of a convenient place to do their office work. Such a person can work from a coffee shop, hotel room, tech hub, beach, or any location with an internet connection.

Digital nomadism is taking Kenya by storm. Both locals and international tourists are favoring the ability to work from anywhere over making that daily trip to regular offices.

Kenya is a wonderful East African country with warm and lovely people. The weather is fantastic (mostly calm and warm) and you’ll love the respectful, beautiful Kenyan ladies and of course the strong handsome men.

Let’s not forget that this is the Maasai Mara wildlife reserve, the 7th Wonder of the World.

A lot of people would love to take the digital nomadism leap but have no idea how to earn a living while at it. Here’s a compilation of some business opportunities that are available for Digital Nomads in Kenya.

Online Freelancing

A lot of people earn a living coding, writing or designing online at an attractive fee. You can do so by either working for direct clients or by joining a remote workers’ agency. Find clients at Upwork or Freelancer if you’re just starting out or you can use email outreach to pitch your services.

Entrepreneurship

If you already have a company running in your home country, you can easily work remotely, from Kenya, without having to set foot in your office.

All you need is a reliable Internet connection to attend virtual meetings. Ensure that you delegate to a trusted manager/administrator to oversee the day-to-day running of the office, and to handle matters that would require you to be there physically.

Import/ Export

Have you identified a product that you would like to export from your country or import into Kenya? All you need to do is follow some state procedures, and you’ll have money rolling into your account.

What makes Kenya a favorite destination for digital nomads?

Fantastic weather

Kenya is located on the equator and has favorable weather all year round. Therefore, the country doesn’t experience harsh winters or extreme desert heat. Although the summers aren’t too hot, have your sunscreen with you if you plan to work outdoors.

Low cost of living

Kenya has a favorable economy that can allow you to spend just a fraction of what you would spend in New York or London . Rent, car hire, food, nightlife, etc., are incredibly affordable, allowing you to enjoy yourself to the maximum, as well as put aside some savings.

Broadband internet availability

When it comes to reliable Internet connectivity, Kenya is one of the best in Africa, with speeds of up to 100mbs. The country has a plethora of reliable Internet Service Providers (ISP). You’ll be able to access unwavering Wi-Fi connection in your hotel room or your favorite restaurant.

Culture diversity

Kenya has 42 tribes, all with different cultural backgrounds. The people are hospitable not to mention the beautiful women and the world-class customer service from those in the hospitality industry.

Tourist attractions

From the pristine sandy beaches in Mombasa to the wildebeest migration in the Mara, not forgetting the big five in the various national parks, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to tourist destinations.

A digital lifestyle in Kenya, however, needs a focused individual. Set your goals on what you need to accomplish by the end of each day. That way, you’ll be able to meet your deadlines, as well as set aside some leisure time.

Recommended Reading: Lonely Planet Kenya

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