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Business ideas for people living in rural areas, small towns

by biasharadigest

Rural Business Ideas in Kenya: Do you live in a rural area or small town and you are looking for the best business to start? Do you live in a small community in which there are little chances of long-term survival for any business? Well, truth is, there are still various ways for you to make money in such places; notwithstanding the limited opportunities.

Starting a business in a small town has its upsides. Firstly, smaller capital and lower overhead is required to start a business. And secondly, it’s easier to organize a business in a small town where people know each other.

The animal feeds business that makes Sh. 1.6 million monthly

It is a known fact that the economy of rural areas is not as buoyant as urban areas yet, some die hard individuals are still running profitable businesses from such rural areas.

Also, urban areas do offer better infrastructure and equipment than what you would see in rural areas. Rural areas are known to have their own restrictions, and if you carefully look, they also have a lot of advantages than urban areas. It is these advantages you need to focus on, be satisfied with the available ones within you and then make the most out of them.

There are some businesses that can be started only in rural areas; agriculture for example is one instance. Knowing how to start a business in a rural setting is useless if you don’t have a good business idea. So whatever you decide on, make sure you give it enough thought and effort.

Here are some great business ideas.

1. Production and Selling of Natural Fertilizer

Producing and selling fruits and vegetables that are free from chemicals can be lucrative if done the right way. This is because more and more people are becoming informed health wise. And they are now aware of the health risks of taking foods that are not free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

So, you can start a local farming business which adopts strictly organic fertilizer to cultivate vegetables, fruits, sauces, and local delicacies. Your business would be a big hit, as people would come from far and near to buy your “safe” products.

For this type of business, you can opt to sell produce that are officially labeled organic or still organic with no label.

2. Construction

If you have good knowledge of carpentry and woodwork, then this is the ideal venture to pursue. In rural areas, farmers and homeowners might not have the skills needed to put up structures (e.g. barns, chicken coops, etc) that they need for residential or business purposes. Thus, starting a small construction company might be the best business option.

3. Share your knowledge

If you are good at something, then you can build a business around your knowledge. You could be a sports trainer, a part-time teacher, a business coach, a music instructor, and so on. If you really know your stuff and you can successfully impart the knowledge on others, then you will make lots of profit.

4. Good, clean salon/kinyozi.

Opening a decent and clean salon is a great option for people who are charming, gorgeous and creative. People who live in rural areas might not have access to this kind of professional service, so this is a potential niche to exploit.

5. Animal feeds and farm input

This is a major idea given the high population that engages in agribusiness in rural Kenya. You will nonetheless need to take caution when deciding on the location of your business.

6. Sell fixed items

Most of the time, people throw away their gadgets and appliances when they get broken or pick up minor faults. If you are very good at fixing things, you can make a fortune by collecting and fixing such items, and then selling them to those who need them but cannot afford the cost of new ones. This business opens two income doors; fixing broken things and selling things you have fixed.

7. Broadband internet provider services

This business idea might sound too risky and capital intensive but it is doable and potentially rewarding. You can establish an internet service provider in your area if they are experiencing slow internet connection. This internet service provider is sometimes known as an ISP. You can start small by reselling services from major data carriers.

8. Vending Milk

If you are skilled in raising, breeding, and milking cattle, then you can start this business on your own or with a couple of farmhands. For those who are not, you can opt to hire skilled farmhands to do all the work instead. Milk selling has always been a winning business from decades ago since not everyone can afford to have cows to milk.

9. Sell posh products

Most businesses in a small community focus on locally made products. However, there’s always a market for global products, too. If you can dare to disrupt the status quo by offering global products for sale in your small community, you will make more profit than you ever imagined.

10. Local clothing

People in living in small communities love to distinguish themselves with their traditional styles of fashion. For this reason, you may have a hard time selling outlandish clothing. But if you dance to the tune of the people by making their kind of clothes, you will make lots of profit. You don’t have to be the maker. You can find one or two tailors in the community and negotiate with them. They produce, and you sell.

11. Start a Firewood or Charcoal Delivery Business

Many people hate going to look for firewood or charcoal.So if you can find ways to deliver these things to them, you will be a winner.

So, you can see now that there are many businesses you can start and be successful at even when you live in a rural area or small town. The most important thing you should do is to carefully identify your area of interest. You may also need some expert advice to set your business rolling.

In conclusion, on these rural business ideas in Kenya, I want you to know that there are so many lucrative businesses you can start small in rural areas and yet make it big and interesting. Staying in a rural area is no reason why you will not be able to succeed if you want to. All you just need is a determined mindset and a good business strategy. Rural Business Ideas in Kenya.

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