One of the biggest topic that has been running in my mind in the past few days has been how best I can help my fellow young men and women who are struggling and trying to hustle around to make it, truth is the streets is hard and sometimes you need to be smart enough and have positive mindset.
If you come from an already well established background and your parents provide everything for you, not struggling then this post may not make sense to you, so feel free to skip…
As you already probably know, there is a high rate of unemployment in Uganda and even if you are employed you cannot rely on your salary to get all you want done. Unfortunately, most people who are employed are earning as low as UGX 500,000 ($140) which some are even way lower than that. This is why majority of people in public offices resort to corruption.
5 ideas that will earn you over UGX 1M ($300) monthly and it doesn’t need a lot of resources and capital to start:
1. Running errands
One of the truth you need to know is that the world is changing on a daily basis, a lot more is becoming digital. We now have people who work from the comfort of their house, and because of their tight schedule, sometimes they would want to grab something from town but they can’t so there will be need to send someone.
As a young person, you can start running errand on behalf of other people and you charge them for your service rendered.
Starting everything ain’t easy in the first place but if you truly understand what you are doing, you can start with one or two people, be good to them, be honest and always deliver in time and I can assure you more people will come. Imagine if you have 5 people whom you are running errand for on a daily basis and each is giving you UGX 20,000 ($6) at the end of your service. That is UGX 100,000 ($30) clean money at the end of the day. Remember, social media is the way to go in this digital era.
2. Private Transporter
This may sound like a big one, because one you need a driving permit (license) and a car. First of all to own a car in Uganda in your 20’s is something that is not easy for a hustler unless you have been saving for many months or you earn some huge money. Because cars are expensive to buy.
But if you happen to own one, start up as a private transporter.
Last year, I managed to buy myself a car, something which I count as achievement of 2022 and I didn’t buy it to show off but to do business. At the moment, I personally take people out every weekend and normally I charge between UGX 50,000 ($15) – UGX 100,000 ($30) per night. So if you are in Gulu, Northern Uganda, feel free to patronize me. I will appreciate.
Remember, sometimes this means you have to stay awake all night and wait for your client until they are done with party. Be honest, don’t disappoint your customers.
If you are a private transporter, people will always call you once they need your service being at night or daytime.
3. Content Creation
According to blog.hubspot.com, content creation is the process of generating topic ideas that appeal to your buyer persona, creating written or visual content around those ideas, and making that information accessible to your audience as a blog, video, infographic, or other content formats.
Content creation is wide and it can be through audiovisual, writing, etc. I am a content creator myself and I personally own a tech website and 2 YouTube channels. I can teach you a lot more about content creation and how you can make money from it.
Do I earn money from content creation? Yes, I get paid on my website and on my YouTube channel too.
To start as a content creator, all you need is your smartphone and internet then something you will be talking or writing about. It can be about tech, fashion, music, how to, lifestyle, etc
4. Real Estate Agent
Now days getting a house is a challenge, because sometimes someone may get a work transfer to a new location and the first thing they will have to do it look for a house. We have brokers but unfortunately, majority of them sometimes tend to be unreliable or don’t know how to communicate to customers.
As a young person who is passionate about real estate, you can start as a real estate agent and help people look for houses, later on you can charge them some percent for helping them.
Early this year, I personally ventured into real estate and I started Kumalo Property which helps people in Northern Uganda easily get house and sell their properties. For someone who also has a house and want a tenant, we can as well help.
5. Laundry and cleaning services
Majority of the young men that I know are lazy to wash clothes and doing cleaning, myself inclusive I hate washing clothes. I like putting on clean clothes but when it comes to washing, oh no!. . .
If you are good in doing cleaning and washing, you can start up a cleaning and laundry business and guess what, there is a high chance those who are lazy to wash will definitely bring their clothes to you.
One of the biggest thing stopping us young people is excuse that we don’t have what it takes to start. Start with what you have and other things will come after, be consistent.
I am passionate about helping my fellow young people start up sustainable businesses in 2023 and I will be glad to help you. You can book a consultation sessions with me and we will talk more one on one.
I charge UGX 50,000 ($15) for an hour for my time. Reach out to me today for more engagement.