It’s perplexing to observe that with hundreds of thousands of graduates churned out of colleges and universities each year our countries’ policy makers are missing an opportunity online for all these folks.
At present government policy in respect of technology or ICT is really geared towards making ordinary folks including jobless ones consumers of the internet and not earners from it.
Zimbabwe is one of the best-placed countries globally to hit it big online by exporting digital skills without having to physically ship people across borders.
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We have the necessary ingredients here from fairly good written and spoken English, a remarkable aptitude to find workarounds when conditions and situations oppose us and a growing internet penetration.
I personally think digital skills export should really be a mass government initiative supported by a right policy framework. It has the capacity to turn out to be a big foreign currency earner for this economy.
In the absence of such vision at leadership level I present a few options for individual Zimbabweans to work and make a living online.
These options are based on my personal experience as something I do and have done in the past several years on both ends as seller and buyer.
My advice is that anyone thinking to work online and making a living off it must think business. This means there is a need to develop a systematic way and approach to working that parallels a proper business enterprise.
This entails a proper business strategy, strong work ethic, discipline, setting targets, knowing your costs, continually developing your skills and so on.
There is really no way, anyway, to escape some of these realities because digital marketplaces of this sort are reputation based and naturally weed out folks that tend to game the system. The platforms rely on sufficient level of good reputation to thrive.
Here are some selected places online that could get you started.
Fiverr (referral link) calls itself the “Marketplace for Creative & Professional Services”. On Fiverr you can sell just about any skill that you have from graphics design, creative writing to parenting tips.
This means you can teach yourself new skills with the intention to sell that skill on Fiverr or any of these marketplaces.
Fiverr is big with both sellers selling their services and buyers buying these services. Services or gigs start at only $5.00. The real money is made in up-sells where a single gig can end up costing $10 to a $100 depending on service offered.
When you sell on Fiverr you can get paid in Zimbabwe via the Fiverr Revenue Card (which is a Payoneer product – NB referral link) or Bank transfer (also via Payoneer).
In both cases you will be able to withdraw your money from anyway in the world on an ATM. Paypal is an option but is currently not available in Zimbabwe when receiving payments.
Upwork, formerly Elance, is also a massive marketplace for selling cutting edge digital skills.
While Elance has been commonly known over the years for more technical services such as mobile app development, programming and what not it is also open to other skills such as content writers and copywriters.
Compared to Fiverr, Upwork offers more polished skills and services and therefore attracts higher fees which is great for sellers or freelancers.
It lures high worth jobs in the range of several hundreds to several thousands of dollars sometimes taking weeks or months to complete.
Upwork still pays out freelancers via direct Wire Transfer, Skrill (indirect wire transfer) and Payoneer (card) which is suitable for Zimbabwe. It also has an option for PayPal.
This is a designers marketplace for logo design, packaging design, website skins among other services. If digital designing is your food or you are working towards it, this is a marketplace to check out.
The good news is that you will get paid because 99Designs pays out using Payoneer and Skrill. PayPal is also an available option though not applicable for Zimbabwe.
This platform like Upwork also attracts high-value serious jobs. It follows that to make it here, your skill and delivery must necessarily be world class as you will be competing with self-made designers and designers from some of the top designer schools from around the globe.
Though not similar to any of the marketplaces above, I include Google Adsense here as a viable monetisation option for individuals or companies with online content-rich properties.
If you run a blog or website with good and high-value traffic Google Adsense could earn you a couple of hundreds to thousands of dollars monthly. I highly recommend this monetisation method for sites focused on high-value niches.
It is also possible to create sites with high value, useful, search engine friendly content with the intention of monetizing them using Google Adsense and affiliate products.
In my experience, Google has one of the most efficient payment methods which worked fine until the cash crisis.
Still on their part they make sure to get your payments within two to five days of each payment cycle via wire transfer to your Zimbabwe bank account. Other countries can however, receive payments via Western Union as an option, for example.
To balance thinks about a bit, am including Amazon here which also pays out to Zimbabwe via Payoneer as a deserving platform to explore for folks interested in writing books. There are are a number of options available in this regard on Amazon such as publishing to Kindle, publishing to print and publishing to audio.
You could also use other self publishing platforms such as Lulu which connects you seamlessly to Amazon marketplace to sell your books. The true digital advantage is that you hold no book stock, and that your market is global.
Real success in this field is dependent on a number of factors including quality of writing, number of books published, targeted audience, price and marketing strategy even after your book is listed on Amazon.
Some writers have also succeeded on Amazon by writing short stories or series captivating stories that snowball into a huge buying readership.
Other platforms to keep under your radar that depend on PayPal for payouts that may later be available to Zimbabwe include Iwriter for writing articles, Udemy for online courses and eBay.
I am certain there are more marketplaces on the web suitable for Zimbabweans which I have left-out or missed. You are invited to add them in the comments below.
23 thoughts on “Looking for employment? Here are 5 places where Zimbabweans can make money online”
Thanks. Will try my luck!
Rather keep your hard earned $ than waste it on yet another scam. Why did Techzim promote this? If all of these so called easy money scams were legit there would be no need to sell sweets on the side of the road and Zim would be booming!!!!
How is this a scam? The writer simply outlined internet opportunities where one can sell their skill and potentially make money. No scam in hard work.
Meet Gary, the literates who do not read. Nowhere are you required to pay for anything, unless you are consuming a service (in the case of Fiverr). You must read and understand the article, without reading it properly you can’t understand it. Please give it a fair read again. I personally make money from Google AdMob which was omitted.
Hi how does one use google admob
This is not a scam Mr. I use fiver and have done 3 projects so far and no problems whatsoever. It’s free to register, and they don’t require any money…Zimbabwe is not booming bcoz there are many of us like you who think everything is a scam and afraid to tackle it!
I am on freelancer.com for the past 4 years or so now. It’s very hard to get the first project/task but once you get that and a good review, you will be set.
Hi Gracca. Please inbox me about your freelancer.com experience on the address:
That was so Great and Very Informative!
Also try Hackerone great place to freelance money is good
What’s the government policy on online shopping?? EMail me the answer at email@example.com
this sounds great ,how do I get started with fiverr
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You can get around $200 monthly and you’l be paid via Western Union.
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I have been using upwork, people per hour and guru doing freelance work for the past few months. Its not a scam guys you can actually get work and get paid.
Hey. I can’t find Zimbabwe on the drop down list when signing up on Upwork. May l know how you signed up.
flirchi.co.uk is a freelance website launched for Zim by a zim talent it is no scam and is very secured with https you might wanna take a look.
Wow and here I am crying over the government for my unemployment. Thank you so much for the article, the corrections very informative. Above happy new year
Hello guys I wanted to find out if Amazon really works for Zimbabwe writers. I have written three books and I am a bit hesitant on publishing them on Amazon. I wish I could talk to someone in Zimbabwr who has successfully published their books and received payments
Hello guys I wanted to find out if Amazon really works for Zimbabwe writers. I have written three books and I am a bit hesitant on publishing them on Amazon. I wish I could talk to someone Zimbabwe who has successfully published their books and received payments
Hello guys I wanted to find out if Amazon really works for Zimbabwe writers. I have written three books and I am a bit hesitant on publishing them on Amazon. I wish I could talk to someone in Zimbabwe who has successfully published their books and received payments
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