When times are tough, that’s when we need to improvise and come up with unique ideas.
With the current Zimbabwean economic state, entrepreneurship has become so romanticized amongst millennials, overlooking the level of commitment that is needed to run a successful business. Let me give you a heads up, it’s not easy. You will not benefit anything from it probably during the first year if you’re following the proper business channels. You will most likely spend sleepless nights chasing deadlines. However, when everything falls in to place it will all be worth it.
Try not be discouraged in the infant stages of your venture. If Coca-Cola survived selling 25 bottles (well 25 gallons of syrup but let’s not argue with facts) in their first year, you can also do it. The idea is that they started small and now the brand is worth US$232 billion.
What do you need to know?
There are 2 things that you will need to understand when you’re an entrepreneur. Firstly respect people’s time. Secondly honor each and every commitment you make to the satisfaction of your customer. That’s what guarantees that customers will keep coming back to you.
Wether you’re waiting on your dream job or simply looking for a business venture in Zimbabwe , Here are 5 side hustles that you can try with little capital needed.
1. Home Decor / styling
The term home decor refers a Style or mode of decoration, as of a room, building. In other terms the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior. And the choice of color, style of furniture, and arrangement of objects in a room.
In this case you are basically helping people decorating their homes for a certain fee. Believe it or not, there are people who need this kind of service. You will need an eye for styling trends, themes and ideas that your potential customer will love.
Start by drafting your business idea. Develop it from time to time. Set everything up you don’t even need an office for this, you can work from home. List your connections, if you don’t have any do your research and establish good relationships with them. Tailors, Home decor stores, carpenters, painters etc. These are people who should be willing to work with you for little or no cost at all.
Send out proposals to potential customers. Attend expos or workshops with people in the same business and continue to learn from them. This is one of those business that will grow drastically via referrals and a strong online presence.
As your venture grows, create a website and a portfolio of your previous projects. Take a course to even learn more.
2. Cake Making
If you’re passionate about all-things-pastry and playing with dough, then you might want to turn that passion into a money making business.
With any business, it is important to do your research. Research on trends, what other cake making businesses are doing, pricing etc.
We’re living in the internet era so make use of google and learn as much as possible on YouTube.
There is also a high probability that you know someone who is already in the business. That’s the best way to learn. Approach them to assist you if not for free then maybe for a reasonable fee.
Get your baking utensils together. Don’t let Zesa discourage you. Don’t let the current economic situation disturb you. Just like home styling, as your venture grows, create a website and a portfolio of your previous projects. Take a course to even learn more.
3. Selling Avon Products
Avon is a is a is a multi-level marketing company in beauty, household, and personal care categories. Avon uses both door-to-door sales people and brochures to advertise its products. If you have strong marketing and people skills, then this will be good for you.
You will need a small capital for this. It’s a side hustle that is less time consuming which you can also venture into even if you have a demanding 9-5 job.
To learn more on how you can start and how to work your way around it, you can contact Fortunate on 0717981562.
4. Doing Makeup Professionally
Most of the makeup artist I know never went to school to master this art. It takes a lot of research, practice and consistency. As you progress, you may want to go to school to learn more about and learn more about the profession.
This is a job that needs a higher level of professionalism. Develop a strong business model whereby you have a structure on how the business operates. Don’t be offering free services to people simply for exposure. If a customer has come to your for eyebrow threading, do just that. It takes money to make money not exposure.
There are a number of Zimbabwean artists who are doing big things, learn how they started and how they have stayed relevant.
To get started, approach someone who is in the business already. Work under their supervision and learn fast. A reasonable amount of capital is needed to build your makeup kit.
I will continue to update this post with contacts of people you may want to check out in each business category. I wrote this post mainly for women and young girls in Zimbabwe who cannot seem to find anything to do.
I pray you will pick something from this post and become that #girlboss
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