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Ten Things You Need To Become an Entrepreneur In Kenya

So you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur or are just starting out in your field, here is a checklist of things you need to become an entrepreneur in Kenya:

10. Vision

The most important thing you need as an entrepreneur anywhere in the world and not just in Kenya is a vision. A vision is a clear objective or goal of what you would like to achieve and is the key to starting out on your entrepreneurial journey.

9. Capital

One does need to invest in their dream or vision, and this is where capital comes in, one needs to be able to raise enough capital through their personal means or support from different circles. However, it is important to note that if you have a dream you should not let it die just because you were unable to raise enough capital but rather keep the focus which leads to our next point

8. Ambition

One needs to have a strong desire to achieve their goals, it’s a murky world out here, what with over 40% of the Kenyan population being unemployed, everyone is trying to make it and thus it’s going to be tough to break out, but as long as you remain ambitious you will see every obstacle as a challenge to overcome

7. Street Smarts

Most people don’t tell you this, but from the closed fence of your school or home, things work very different in the street, one needs to be smart in their decisions, who they choose to share their dreams with or work with, there are good people, and people who won’t hesitate to pull the rug under your feet at any time so be careful and also learn to treat people respectfully and relate with them because at the end as we say ‘Dunia ni Mviringo’ (The world is round) and we all meet up at some point

6. Patience

The most important lesson you will have to learn as an entrepreneur starting out is patience, as they say patience is a virtue, and things don’t come easy or as we plan, there will be ups and downs, acceptance and rejection, yes and no’s, profits and losses, so be ready to accept all the circumstances thrown to you with a kind heart and focus on your goals.

5. Motivation

Always keep yourself motivated, there will be days that you will feel like you don’t want to go on, don’t want to wake up, want to give up, but through all this find ways to keep your motivated if it’s through a photo of your parents or children, always remember the reason you got into your business and stay motivated

4. No fear of failure/risk

In life there is always probabilities and one of the attributes of an entrepreneur is someone who is not afraid to take risks. Starting a business is always a risk and sometimes things will not work as planned, always have a back-up plan or do not be ashamed if your vision does not come to fruition. As they say when one door closes another opens.

3. Network

Probably the most critical part of being an entrepreneur is networking.  Always take time to connect with like-minded people either in your field of business or those that could be your potential clients, keep in contact with them to ensure that people know what services or products you are offering.

2. Knowledge of the System

Do not underestimate the system, its critical to understand how the laws in Kenya work, what are the requirements for starting a business, what are the government regulations guiding your field of work this is all important to keep you on the right side of the law.

1. Self-Confidence/Belief

Probably the most important thing you need to become an entrepreneur is self-confidence, you need to be able to be your first cheer leader and critique, be able to believe in your expertise and knowledge and most of all have faith in your vision

So what other things did you find to be important in your journey to become an entrepreneur?

Article by Wanjiru Ndungu, Freelance writer at