Working from home
Zimbabwe like the rest of the world has been plunged into a pandemic which has resulted in the growth of the freelance industry. In light of our struggling economy and continuously declining work opportunities, it has been up to individuals now more than ever to become creative when it comes to gaining employment locally and beyond. On the upside companies locally and regionally are now warming up to employing freelancers
According to a report by GSMA, a worldwide network of mobile operators, 61% of the world’s population will be connected to the internet by 2025. This is means we no longer have to rely on old methods of gaining employment but we have new access to the world-wide market that is untethered to traditional workplaces. Below are some of the freelancing opportunities in Zimbabwe and beyond.
Become a Freelancer
Freelance work is a chance to not only be your own boss but to offer your services to a worldwide audience! With lots of online platforms such as Fiverr, Freelancer, or 99Designs to help you find your next client, whether your a graphic designer, writer, or web developer there’s a client waiting for you.
Locally a startup called iHost Africa has launched a site called Get Paid in order to offer Zimbabwe’s freelance workers a place to advertise their skills. Employers hire freelancers on the site and they make a payment either via PayPal, or Paynow.
Become an Affiliate Marketer
“A marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.“
Once you have a high-traffic website, you can use it for performance-based advertising to promote third-party products or services on your website, for which in turn you receive a commission.
A big company that generates a humongous amount of revenue through Affiliate Marketing is Amazon, with Jeff Bezos the founder now becoming the richest man on earth continuously shattering his own record.
The great news is that working online, means you have unlimited earning potential so you’re not limited to that $100 you’re getting for transport, you can work at your own pace, at your own time and the best of all you can tailor your work around your passions whether you’re into interior design or music, as your audience is out there.
Now that you know some of the work opportunities waiting for you online, what are some of the platforms that you are already on that you can leverage?
More than 1 billion people are active on Facebook and with the right digital marketing tools and analytics, you can track and target the right audience for you. Here you can continuously grow your market and speak to your client and your customers on a one-on-one basis.
LinkedIn is a fast-growing professional application with 500 million + users. This is a great tool to use as your online CV to network and grow your professional sphere.
Twitter has a fast-growing young entrepreneur audience and this platform is great for peer-to-peer engagement as well as chatting to and talking to other industry leaders in your chosen field.
Become a Social Seller
With zero to no start-up costs, social selling has become the next best thing. A social seller creates relationships as part of the selling process and with the use of social media and other online market places such as OmniBazaar and MarketHive that integrate blogging, chatting, and messaging systems social selling has never been easier, and what better way to make money than when you are in full control?