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The Basics to Starting a Small Business in Zimbabwe


Starting a small business in Zimbabwe requires a lot of research and planning. This section is meant to help you do just that! It will guide you through the basics of starting your own business, including what we believe are some of the most important steps to take.

Business Plan

A business plan is a written document that helps you to define your goals and the strategies for achieving them. It is a blueprint for success and will help you to organize your goals, define your mission and establish a strategy for achieving it.

A well-written business plan will also help investors understand what type of investment they want in your new venture, whether they are looking at an equity stake or debt financing (loans).

Start-up capital

The first step to starting a small business is, obviously, funding. Start-up capital is the amount of money you need to get your business started. In Zimbabwe it can come from a loan, grant or investment. While some people may think this means they have to have thousands or even millions of dollars on hand before they start their own company, that’s not always true–some entrepreneurs have started with just $500!

Start-up capital also doesn’t mean that all businesses require large investments up front; some companies have managed their growth using only self-funding (i.e., by reinvesting profits into growing their operations).

Industry Research

Before you start a business, it’s important to do some research about the industry in which you want to operate. The following questions will help determine if an industry is right for your startup:

  • Is the industry growing or declining?
  • Are there any barriers to entry into this market?
  • Are there government regulations that apply specifically to my type of business (e.g., food service or manufacturing)?

If so, how can those be mitigated through licensing requirements and other legal means? Also consider whether there are any competitors in this field–and what makes them different from each other or similar in nature overall!


Location is important for any business, and Zimbabwe is no exception. The ideal location should be near the target market, customers and suppliers. It should also be in close proximity to competitors and amenities such as transport links and government offices.

In Zimbabwe there are many towns across the country that offer suitable office space for rent or sale at affordable prices. However if you’re looking for something more rural then there are plenty of options here too!


Employees are the backbone of any business. They are your source of revenue, profit and stability. Employees help your company grow and innovate while also providing you with the opportunity to expand your business further.

Licenses and permits

Licenses and permits are required by law, and the number of licenses and permits you need depends on the type of business you are starting. Some licenses and permits are free, others require payment. A registration fee is also required for some licenses and permits.

A business plan will help you to organize your goals, define your mission and establish a strategy for achieving it.

A business plan is an essential tool for any entrepreneur who wants to start a small business. It will help you to organize your goals, define your mission and establish a strategy for achieving it.

A good business plan should include:

  • An overview of the industry in which you operate and its current status in Zimbabwe (or whatever country/region you’re focusing on). This section should also cover how long it has been established in this location, its growth rate over time, what market share it holds among competitors etc. You can find this information by conducting research or talking with other people who work within this industry (e.g., competitors).
  • A description of the company’s products or services offered under different categories such as entertainment services; hospitality services; construction companies etc.. If possible include photos so readers can get visual images of what they’re reading about which makes descriptions easier to understand!


We hope that this article has helped you understand how to start a small business in Zimbabwe. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us


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