Online shopping in Kenya – Niabusiness Shop

Yes, you can shop online in Kenya. There are several stores owned by Kenyans and non-Kenyans that allow you to do this.

I am writing this article for three reasons

There are people interested in starting their own online stores in Kenya but are afraid to start because they are not sure whether Kenyans have embraced this concept of shopping online.

  1. There are buyers who are willing to make purchases online but are not sure if it is safe and if they can trust the people running these stores with their money.
  2. There are people worried about the cost of making purchases online – some think it costs more than when buying offline.

Here’s what online shopping is: it is simply making purchase from stores on the internet and having your purchases shipped to a location you specify, for example your home or office.

 Note that Niabusiness has linked to some of the resources on this page (some listed below) using affiliate links. When you click on something and purchase it, Niabusiness will receive a commission from every successful sale / referral, at no extra cost to you. 

Offline stores have a location and in that’s the same with online shops: they have a website you can visit any time of the day to buy whatever they are selling.

What can you buy? Anything?

Like offline stores, the ones online also sell different products. There are general stores – the ones selling different products and niche stores – focusing on a single product or one tiny segment of a market.

Here in Kenya, we have stores selling fast moving consumer goods that we get from shops and supermarkets several times a year. There are stores selling electronics, grocery, books, ebooks, online courses and more.

How do you shop online?

Shopping usually involves visiting the website of the specific store you want to buy from. So you must have internet access. Here is where your phone or computer comes in handy.

After visiting the store, you can look for the things you want to buy by clicking on the different categories, using the search function and adding your purchases in your cart by clicking a Buy Now or Add to Cart link or button next to a product.

Once everything you need is in your cart, you can then proceed to My Cart page to view what is in it. How do you this? Usually by clicking a link that reads like: View my Cart or My Cart.

At this stage you can also remove certain products from your cart, increase the quantity of a particular product, say from one copy of a book to two. When you are satisfied, you proceed to the checkout page by clicking the button or link that reads CheckoutProceed to Checkout or Checkout Now.

On the checkout page, you need to provide details like your name, address, choose a mode of payment, shipment address (if the location you want the goods to be shipped to is different from your address), your email address and phone number.

When you are done with that you then click Place order, or Complete order. The goods are then shipped to you when your order has been processed – usually when payment has been received.

With digital products like ebooks in an online store, you are given a link to download your ebooks once you pay for them – no shipment, no waiting for hours or days before you get your purchases.

Payment

Payments can usually be made via debit and credit cards, PayPal, M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Pesapal, Yu Cash, Orange Money or transfer of cash to a bank account owned by the store you make your purchases from.

Shipment

After buying anything online, there’s always some waiting time before a delivery of your purchases is made.

Shipment attracts a little fee from online stores. Others claim to offer free shipment for certain goods. So, the policies around this differ from store to store.

Can you shop for someone else?

Yes. You can buy goods and have them shipped to someone else by providing their address as the shipping address for that particular purchase.

Why shop online?

It is easy and can save time in certain circumstances, especially if you can’t find what you are looking for in the offline stores you visit.

Do your online shopping for ebooks and online courses to improve your life and business. Go to Niabusiness.com online shop section to check the various products and services on sale.

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Book Recommendations – Buy & start reading these ebooks on your device now

  1. The Miracle Equation: You Are Only Two Decisions Away From Everything You Want by Hal Elrod
  2. The Art of War: Complete Texts and Commentaries by Sun Tzu, Thomas Cleary
  3. Secrets of Self-Mastery by Mitch Horowitz
  4. Master Your Emotions: A Practical Guide to Overcome Negativity and Better Manage Your Feelings (Mastery Series Book 1) by Thibaut Meurisse, Kerry J Donovan
  5. Coleman’s Laws: Twelve essential medical secrets which could save your life by Dr Vernon Coleman
  6. The Elements of Moral Philosophy by James Rachels
  7. Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away: Real Help for Desperate Hearts in Difficult Marriages by Gary Chapman
  8. Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room by Dr. Johnny C. Parker, Jr
  9. The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune by Conor O’Clery
  10. Here’s The Deal: Everything You Wish a Lawyer Would Tell You About Buying a Small Business by Joel Ankney
  11. Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game by Walker Deibel
  12. The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince by James Prince, Jasmine Waters
  13. #BreakIntoVC: How to Break Into Venture Capital And Think Like an Investor Whether You’re a Student, Entrepreneur or Working Professional (Venture Capital Guidebook Book 1) by Bradley Miles, Carol Tietsworth
  14. Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success by David A. Livermore
  15. 101 So Bad, They’re Good Dad Jokes by Elias Hill, Katherine Hogan
  16. The Sleep Solution: why your sleep is broken and how to fix it by W. Chris Winter
  17. Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000 by Jason Calacanis
  18. Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, Vashti Harrison
  19. Ruthless: A Memoir by Jerry Heller, Gil Reavill
  20. The Upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you (and how to get good at it) by Kelly McGonigal
  21. How to Be a Great Boss by Gino Wickman, René Boer
  22. Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
  23. Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition by Bo Burlingham
  24. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Exposed and Explained by the World’s Two by Al Ries, Jack Trout
  25. My Favourite Dictators: The Strange Lives of Tyrants by Chris Mikul, Glenn Smith
  26. Influence – Science and Practice – The Comic by Robert B. Cialdini, Nathan Lueth
  27. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  28. The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention by Bernard S. Mayer
  29. The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management by Pat Nickerson, Alec Mackenzie
  30. Choose Yourself! by James Altucher, Dick Costolo
  31. Get a F*cking Grip: How to Get Your Life Back on Track by Matthew Kimberley
  32. You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, 2nd Edition: Sandler Training’s 7-Step System for Successful Selling by David H. Sandler
  33. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  34. How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban
  35. The Greenhouse Approach: Cultivating Intrapreneurship in Companies and Organizations by Chitra Anand
  36. DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson, Dan Kennedy

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  1. Namesilo – get a .com for $8.99. Use the coupon code BP to get $1 off.
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  3. KenyaWebExperts – get .com & .co.ke domains for less than KSh 1000/yr.

Web hosting companies – get hosting for your blog or website

  1. KenyaWebExperts – starting at KSh 2,100 / year.
  2. HostGator – starting at $3.95/mo if paid annually.
  3. Bluehost
  4. Namecheap
  5. Namesilo
  6. WPEngine
  7. Garanntor Kenya

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  3. WPForms

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