8 ways  to make money as a driver in Kenya

Published on
August 18, 2022

8 ways  to make money as a driver in Kenya

A car is a good asset, meant to help in commuting and avoid the hustle of using public transport. Apart from helping one move from point A to B, a car is a good way of making extra cash. If you have a good car, dependable and willing to drive around to make an extra coin, this is the post you have been looking for.

Here are various ways to make passive or active income using your vehicle in Kenya.

1. Delivery services

If you don't want strangers in your car, delivery services are the best option.

Food, drinks, groceries, and packages are among the items that must be delivered. Delivery services are supported by some platforms, such as Mobi and Uber. Simply download the apps from the Google Play store, register as a delivery person, and begin earning.

2. Move people

Do you own a large SUV or a truck? You can take advantage of this opportunity by providing moving services to people who are relocating. You are not required to assist in packing all of the items in the car. Simply show up, let them pack, and drive to the necessary location. The advantage of this service is that you can set your rates based on distance. 

3. Rent out your car

In the gig economy, renting out your belongings for a fee is not a novel way to generate passive income. It's been going on for quite some time. If you don't need your car, consider hiring it out to other drivers for a little extra cash. 

4. Ride-hailing and ridesharing 

Another profitable way to make money with your car in Kenya is to work for a ride-hailing or ride-sharing app. Ride-hailing apps are becoming more popular in this day and age. In Kenya, examples include Mobi and bolt. To be employed by the respective companies, one must be a qualified driver with a license and proper insurance. After meeting these requirements, one can begin working. You provide rides from A to B, they pay through the app, and you keep the majority of the proceeds. It's straightforward.

5. Advertising

What if you could earn money simply by driving around in your car? You can make a lot of money if you're willing to put advertising on your car. This could be a sticker or a painting with whatever message you want to convey. You simply earn money while conducting your business.

6. Get a driving job

Using your car to become a private driver is probably the simplest way to make money as a driver. Families can hire drivers from the comfort of their homes and run errands for a fee using platforms like Mobi, which help people earn passive income through referrals.

In this gig economy, drivers can also refer other independent drivers and earn passive income.

7. Work as a shopper

Kenyans value convenience and ease of doing things so much that they will pay someone to shop and deliver. As a driver, this is a simple way to supplement your income. Consider shopping for groceries, drinks, and other necessities that clients require and delivering them. Because it does not require much time, this can be a side hustle.

8. Shuttle service for school children

Transportation of school-age children has always been a challenge for parents and teachers in Kenya. Due to security concerns, young children may not be trusted to ride on school buses. In this case, a private car is more appealing. You could, for example, earn extra money by providing transportation to children on your estate or in your neighbourhood.

Considerations Before Using Your Car to Earn Extra Money

Depending on what you choose to do with your car for extra cash, you will need to consider a few things. 

1. Realistic earnings

At the end of the day, everyone wants to make money. Consider how much you will earn from the gig and whether it is a realistic expectation.

2. Wear and tear 

The car is deemed to have wear and tear due to movement. Make certain that what you earn can both cover damage and generate a profit.

3. Possible Reduction in Resale Value

Every automobile depreciates over time, but the value of a vehicle used for a side business is likely to depreciate faster than the value of a car that is meticulously maintained and rarely driven.


Making a living in Kenya has been made possible by advancing technology and connections to the global economy. This is a game changer for Kenyans who own cars or those that can rent one and fend for themselves. A good place to start is by driving for Mobi, which not only gives drivers a chance to earn but also others willing to deliver packages within a 5km radius. Are you willing to try out the gig economy opportunities offered by Mobi? You can reach Mobi here.

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