If you’ve been away in South Africa, UK, USA – anywhere in the Diaspora for years, one of the challenges you’re going to face is readjusting to how business works here in Zimbabwe. You may also find it a little challenging to identify or evaluate business ideas or in meeting people who could answer questions or prove useful. As this is a topic i get a lot of questions on, I thought today, i would give you a few suggestions on how to get your Zimbo on…If you know anyone in that position, do share this post with them
1) Don’t Just Sit There, Go somewhere!
If you’re going to find business ideas and opportunities after years away
Starting a pre-school or nursery school (also known as day care centre) in Zimbabwe, is potentially a very profitable business. Plus if you’re looking for a business you can start without spending a lot of money, this is a potentially great business opportunity for you.
Schools in Zimbabwe, pre-schools included can hardly keep up with the demand of having to cater for all the parents and their children in need of education – so it’s a genuine opportunity, and one of the easiest to take advantage of.
A few things to consider when starting a nursery school business…
If you already own a house (or if your present landlord is willing) there is more money to be made from most homes by turning them into pre-schools than by simply renting them out. In some cases, many times more.
There are special permissions or license you will need to be aware of. In most cases, your property will need inspecting so as to determine if it is Child friendly and safe and how many kids you are allowed to accommodate on the property.
Design your school and your business around a specific market segment. As with any school, parents are on budgets that may differ drastically. The market segment you’re going for will determine who you hire, what facilities you include and how you market yourself.
If starting a day care centre, or pre-school for children in Zimbabwe is something you’re serious about, and you want to do it right, then do get in touch. We can help you with key aspects of the set up process to make it easier, faster and more profitable for you. Use the form below to get in touch
The hardest thing about hunting for the Dodo bird, is that it’s extinct. However, if you were a cave man a zillion years ago, the dodo bird was probably your best bet for an easy meal. I mean, why bother hunting the sabre tooth tiger when you can go after what some believe to have been histories most stupid creature ever! The dodo falls for every trap, walks right into an ambush and is just all round, very easy to catch.
Just like some business opportunities. They’re easy to catch – easy money.
The problem is, once everyone is after the same dumb creature, or the same easy money opportunity, you start to run out, and pretty soon, it’s extinct. Just Tigers and other man eating animals left. These ones bite back, they have claws. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can get killed.
Once the Dodo is gone, the only cave men who survives is the guy who actually knows how to hunt a wild animal. These are the guys who’ve taught themselves how to set a real trap, throw a spear, dig a hole big enough for a tiger to fall into. Reminds me of the 2008 period in Zimbabwe, remember? You know when everyone was making easy money just ‘burning’ the US dollar. It was easy money, it was hunting dodo birds!
But when that dodo went extinct…all of a sudden it was the people who actually understood business, had real skills, qualifications and real work ethic that could make it. So what am i saying?
Grab a dodo whenever you can, but learn how to hunt and kill sabre tooth tigers when you have to. Make sense?
So where and what are the best business opportunities for entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe? Usually i have three answers to that question…but today, just one really important one. But you might not like it…
Opportunities are everywhere in Zimbabwe. Opportunities to make money make a difference, make a living – make whatever. The problem is not the lack of local business opportunities; it’s your inability to see them. Fortunately, that’s not as hard as it seems, once you know how.
I’ve been saying it for over a year now, but it’s more and more true by the day… content is a massive opportunity in Zimbabwe. The internet has seen incredible growth in the last 2 years, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus) is dominating the way we spend time online.
What are all these people doing on Facebook?
Looking to connect to people (even brands) that have the content they’re attracted to. Unique, interesting, useful content that’s relevant. be the one providing this content to your market, and you start to develop a community of people around you – Fans and friends whose recommendations and referrals (or lack of) will soon mean the difference between success and failure for many businesses in Zimbabwe.
A lot of people talk about how Zimbabwe has great opportunities, “we should position ourselves for what’s coming”. Most people saying that have no idea what they’re talking about or how to position themselves. I’ve just told you how.
Start a blog, a brand page, a fan page – something, and sell as little as possible. Instead use it to deliver high quality, relevant content to your community.
I’ll be providing more content about this, stay tuned.