How to make money online from Zimbabwe

  1. Create your own blog

A blog is basically a collection of posts. You can make money from blogging by choosing a topic or topic to blog about and write good content. People are always hungry for content and if you have good content you will get traffic (many visitors to your website). You can then start selling advertisement space from you website. I will write an article about ways you can make money from blogging later but in the meantime checkout some Zimbabwean people who are monetising blog content.

i. techzim.co.zw

ii. 263chat.com

iii. zimbokitchen.com

iv. princesstafadzwa.com

v. ssn.co.zw

 

2. Sell your skill to all the curves of the world

Do you have a special skill which you can service the world with and get some compensation. For example programming, logo design, search engine optimisation, accounting, writing, translation, . Go ahead on Fiverr, Part Timerz, Truelancer, Upwork and our own local freelancing platform Shanda.

 

3. Selling stock photography

Are you skilled in taking photographs, editing photos, making pictures with tools like Photoshop. You can make money online by selling your images on the following internet platforms iStock Photo, Shutter Stock, Alamy, and many more related platforms. You can just google for them.

There are many untouched Zimbabwean photos which are needed by bloggers and companies for their ads and content.

 

4. Creating funny videos

Can you make/write jokes, create video animations, or capture real videos. Make money by

i. Making those videos

ii. Upload them on the internet (mainly on Youtube and Facebook)

iii. Get a follow from the Zimbabwean people ever ready to follow new jokes and trends

iv. Start considering making revenue from those videos

That’s what P O Box Reloaded (Bhutisi, Boss Kedha and crew) , BUSTOP TV (Gonyeti and crew), and Baba Tencen are busy doing.

 

5. Be a vendor online. Sell your product to all the corners of Zimbabwe.

Do you own old items that you can get to sell? Take good pictures of them. And take time to go on the following classified sites and list them there. Probably someone is looking for them.

Zimbabwean Classifieds Sites

i. Zimbabwe Classifieds.co.zw

ii. ownai

iii. e-classifieds Zimbabwe

iv. http://www.deepleague.co.zw/

v. http://www.zimcart.com/

vi. https://tenga-thengisa.co.zw/

vii. http://www.clickone.co.zw/

viii. http://savemari.com/

ix. http://www.myclassifieds.co.zw/

x. http://zimpapersclassifieds.co.zw/

Tired of standing the long Mukuru queues and not getting cash?

  1. Have your relative/customer/friend/sponsor/whoever in the diaspora send you money
  2. Go to CABS and apply for a textacash account and you will get a ZIMSWITCH enabled card instantly
  3. Your money will be transferred into the ZIMSWITCH enabled card of your textacash
  4. You can go shopping anywhere in Zimbabwe with your card.

Chances are someone is going to comment this is not a solution as they need the hard cash, but what do you need the hard cash for? Buy grocery? Pay school fees? Buy magetsi(electricity vouchers)? Pay bills? You can do all that using your money in the card.

 

Alternatively I just learnt that someone can send you money directly into your Ecocash wallet. From there you can head straight to OK and buy using Ecocash or transfer your landlord money via Ecocash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing the Zimbabwean border with your Zimbabwean registered vehicle

Are you considering traveling beyond the Zimbabwean border with your Zimbabwean registered motor vehicle? You can, but you need to clear your vehicle to cross the border. All you have to do is  go to the nearest vehicle clearance police squad with your

  1. Vehicle
  2. Vehicle registration book
  3. National ID/Passport. If you are not the one going to cross with the vehicle you will need to write an affidavit swearing that you are authorising someone to go wherever they are going with your vehicle.

 

In case you don’t know where the vehicle clearance police squad is in your area, you can go to nearest police clearance and explain to them you want your vehicle cleared so you can cross with it the Zimbabwean border and they will direct you to the correct door.

Did you know you can exempt a motor vehicle from paying road licence if its going to be off road for a long time?

It might a broken down vehicle, or you are planning to go out of the country for a while meaning you wont be using it for quite a long time but you are worried you have to be up to date in your payments to the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA).

 

You can simply exempt the vehicle from paying this licence by going to your nearest ZINARA with your vehicle registration book and $2 and it will be exempted from the roads.

 

You can get it back on the road anytime by going to your nearest ZINARA and pay for its licence for the following term.

List of all Polytechnic Colleges in Zimbabwe

Earlier this week, I wrote an article listing all the universities in Zimbabwe. Today I will list polytechnic colleges. Lets not waste time in paragraphs

 

  1. Bulawayo Polytechnic College, Bulawayo
  2. Gweru Polytechnic College,Gweru
  3. Harare Polytechnic College,Harare
  4. Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College,Gwanda
  5. Kushinga Polytechnic College,Marondera
  6. Kwekwe Polytechnic College,Kwekwe
  7. Masvingo Polytechnic College,Masvingo
  8. Mutare Polytechnic College,Mutare

 

Have I missed one/more? Help me and someone in the comments section

Registering a motor vehicle in Zimbabwe (original registration)

Before a motor vehicle can be used on the Zimbabwean roads, there are 3 important documents it should have, and these are

  • Vehicle Registration Book
  • Road Licence
  • Third party insurance

These are the documents I will be explaining on how to obtain them in Zimbabwe for a vehicle to be registered in Zimbabwe for the first time that is original registration in Zimbabwe.

1. Go to your nearest Vehicle Inspection Depot (VID)

At the VID you get what’s called a vehicle particulars verification and your vehicle weight. So after you explain your story they will tell you to pay for

  • Particulars verification – $20
  • Use of weigh bridge – $20

When this is done you will get one form like the one below stating your vehicle make, model, engine capacity, color, net mass, etc. This is a one-day process and can be completed in way less than an hour depending with the service delivery of your nearest depot.

 

2. Go for vehicle police clearance. You can ask at your nearest police station where this the office are located.

At the vehicle police clearance offices they will ask for

  • Customs Clearance Certificate (CCC) – the form you get from ZIMRA at the port of entry after paying for your duty
  • Particulars verification from the VID
  • Owner’s Identification
  • Sometimes the vehicle insurance
  • Sometimes the purchase invoice/receipt

Depending with your location the process takes 0-14days. In Beitbridge it’s a same day process, Harare same day processm Gweru 7-14 days process. When everything has been successful you will get a police clearance.
 

3. Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA)

You then proceed to ZIMRA for actual vehicle registration. They will ask for

  • Customs Clearance Certificate
  • Owner’s Identification
  • Owner (If owner is not available then there should be an affidavit from the owner allowing the registering person to register the vehicle on his/her behalf)
  • Particulars verification from the VID
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Police Clearance
  • 2 copies for each of the above items
  • $160. Make sure they authorise you to pay first before paying to avoid inconveniences
  • Here you will get your vehicle registration book and your number plates.

4. Buy third party Insurance

When you have a vehicle registration book, you have to buy third party insurance for the registered vehicle now. They will ask for your vehicle registration book and the price depends on the insurance agent but it stands on an average of $30 for light vehicles.

 

5. Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA)

You then proceed to ZINARA for your vehicle road license. They will give you a form to fill with your details and your vehicle details. You then produce your

  • Vehicle registration book
  • Proof of Insurance payment
  • Filled form
  • Around $20 depending with your vehicle size. Note that the $20 is valid for a term (4 months).
  • You can also opt to pay for radio license ($10) or not, but its good to pay it just to save your time from the Zimbabwean police on roadblocks.

When that is done they will print for you you licence and insurance disc(s) which you should display on your windscreen at all times.

Please note

  • Roughly you need $250 to register, licence and insure a motor vehicle.
  • You do not need to travel with your vehicle registration book at all times in your car.

 

List of all Zimbabwean Universities

Are you looking forward to undertake your tertiary studies with a Zimbabwean university. Here is a list of all of them, and the cities where the different campuses of each university can be found. For more information you can visit the websites. Only one university on the list (Gwanda State University has no website).

 

  1. Africa University, Mutare | Harare
  2. Bindura University of Science Education, Bindura
  3. Catholic University in Zimbabwe, Harare
  4. Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chinhoyi
  5. Gwanda State University, Gwanda
  6. Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo
  7. Harare Institue of Technology, Harare
  8. Lupane State University, Lupane
  9. Midlands State University, Gweru | Mutare | Zvishavane | Harare
  10. National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo
  11. Reformed Church University, Masvingo
  12. Solusi University, Bulawayo
  13. University of Zimbabwe, Harare
  14. Women’s University in Africa, Harare
  15. Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University, Bindura
  16. Zimbabwe Open University, has campuses/branches all over Zimbabwe

 

Source: <http://careers263.co.zw/institutions.php>

The DSTV alternative you can consider in Zimbabwe when running on a tight budget

Low income = tight budget. Unless if you are a failure in planning or a loyal and regular FMC Finance  customer. Entertainment (DSTV in this case) being least in the needs pyramid may suffer $0 allocation in your budget, but did you know there is a real $0 alternative you can have. Its not as good as DSTV, but much better than just ZTV or movie hunting everyday.

 

This alternative is called OpenView HD. Its a free satellite TV service, with close to 20 TV channels that include SABC1-3, e.tv, e-movies, e-extra, e-toons, etc. It has no monthly subscription fees. The only thing you have to pay for is the purchase of the decorder which is R499 in South Africa and at an average price of $45 in Zimbabwe. It however has to be activated by a South African MTN number (who doesn’t have a relative in South Africa so don’t worry)

How to get a reliable MasterCard living in Zimbabwe with no “big bank” account and payslip

Living in Zimbabwe, you will be relieved to see a heading as the one above: getting a reliable MasterCard with no Barclays, FBC, Standard Chartered, or any other “big bank” account, because these “big banks” are the ones that have Master Cards and when you need to open an account with them they willl need your proof of employment/income, proof of residence and a high deposit of which we know for a Taurai Mutema like me, those things are not available.

 

The economy and unemployment rate has turned many people into hustlers and vendors and at one time or the other if you are succeeding you will need a MasterCard to either receive payments (vakangwara vacho) or make payments (tichihodha) and turning to the banks for help will only add the stress. So at this time one has two options I know of: EcoCash Debit Card (though IO know this to be an easy I don’t think its reliable in the long run. See why below) and Payoneer MasterCard (the one I advice you consider).

 

Ecocash MasterCard Option

The Ecocash option is great in that it’s easy to obtain. All you have to do is

  1. Head to your nearest Econet shop
  2. Ask for an Ecocash Debit Card
  3. You pay $5 to get the card
  4. If you are in Gweru they will tell you to go to your nearest Ecocash agent for activation
  5. The Ecocash agent will help you with activating the card

The card and its numbers are not the actual MasterCard details so you have to continue with the following steps

6. Dial *151#

7. Enter PIN

8. Option 1 – Wallet Services

9. Option 1 – Ecocash Debit Card

10. Option 2 – Ecocash Virtual-Mastercard

11. Option1 – Request VCN

12. Enter a four letter name for your card

13. Confirm in the following steps

If everything goes successfully you will receive a message with you your 16 letter card number, a 3 letter CVV number and the expiry date of your card.

 

My only problem is that the virtual MasterCard is only valid for 14 days. That means you have to get a new card number, CVV number and expiry date every 14 days if you will continually need to use a MasterCard. Imagine going back to all your clients and accounts updating your MasterCard details. Painful isn’t it. Had to endure that kind of a pain for close to 24 months until when I met the Payoneer MasterCard option.

 

Payoneer MasterCard Option

Payoneer (payoneer.com) classifies itself as an international money transfer platform. It offers a 100% MasterCard which you can use to make payments locally and internationally (tried and tested) and as well as receive funds into the card.

The process to obtain the card is very easy.

  1. Visit the sign up page on Payoneer Sign Up and sign up for your account.
  2. Activate your signup from your email account
  3. Provide postal address for your card
  4. Expect your card in a month. Mine took 17 days to arrive (approximately half the promised number of days)
  5. Relax and wait for your card
  6. When it arrives follow the given steps to activate your card
  7. That’s it! You now own a MasterCard that expires in 3 years time.