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VIDEO: Kenyan woman says she is earning US$4000 monthly from Remote Jobs

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Lorraine Otieno, a holder of an accounting degree from Kenya, initially pursued a career in accounting, completing her CPA to level 3. However, after three years, she realized accounting wasn’t her passion.

She then decided to pursue a Master’s in Human Resources (HR) and landed her first job at Mabati Rolling Mills. However, after just six months, she began looking for other opportunities. One evening, while scrolling through TikTok, she came across a vlog about remote work and decided to apply for a remote job. To her surprise, she received a response within three days.

“I worked for Mabati Dumuzaz Company for six years from July 2015 as HR. I started applying for other jobs. One great evening, as I was scrolling through TikTok, I learned about remote jobs from a foreign vlogger’s post, and I applied. Three days later, they responded to my request,” says Lorraine. She went through a rigorous interview process, consisting of five rounds, before being offered a position at Superside as a Senior Care People Specialist, equivalent to an HR role in Kenya Despite her initial skepticism about leaving her job at Mabati Rolling Mills, a supportive colleague encouraged her to take the leap.

Transitioning to remote work, Lorraine found that remote jobs paid well in dollars through PayPal. She warns against companies that offer rewards other than money, such as stocks, and advises aspiring remote workers to be cautious of red flags, such as jobs meant for specific regions or requests for immediate payment.

“Remote jobs offer good money; what they pay is above the Kenya market rate. I went from earning Ksh160,000 per month to $3000 (over Ksh300,000) net income. But those who opt for remote work should avoid any other form of reward for their services apart from money,” she says.

Encouraging others to explore remote work, Lorraine highlights its flexibility and recommends websites like BeyondTheSavannah.co.ke, WeWorkRemotely, WorkingNomads.com, JustRemote.com, and Remote.co for job opportunities. She believes there is ample opportunity in the remote job market, with 16 percent of companies globally being fully remote.

“There is opportunity,” she says, “16 percent of companies globally are fully remote, meaning they have no headquarters or permanent structures. From form four leavers to those with tech backgrounds, anyone can do remote jobs, and they pay well,” she says.

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