How To Find An Office in Harare CBD

Harare officesSo now that your business is registered and going formal, you’ll be thinking about office space to operate from. Finding a decent and affordable premises for offices, even in the Harare CBD can be really difficult but perhaps i can help. Whether you’re a small team or a one man band, if your company is registered and you’re looking for office space in Harare, this post is for you – oh and use the form below if you’d like some help with the process.

First things first though, lets talk a little about how you should choose an office space. Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself before you settle on any business premises in Harare Continue reading “How To Find An Office in Harare CBD”

How To Get A Shop License In Zimbabwe

shop license ZimbabweIf your business sells from a shop in Zimbabwe, you’re going to require a shop license to trade legally and fully formalize your business. Here is how to get it done for yourself if you have the time. If you need help with the process we are happy to help for a small fee, just use the form below to get in touch

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Do I need a business plan to register my business in Zimbabwe?

Question – Do I require a business plan or project proposal to register my company?

The definite and simple answer is NO. You are not required to supply a business plan of any kind in order to formalize your business with the registrar of Zimbabwe.

The actual requirements are very simple. Any consultant asking for a project proposal in order to register your business is either wanting to steal your ideas, or else just doesn’t know what they are doing.

Here’s what else you don’t need, and here’s an easy online form to get started with registering.

http://bizsetup.wordpress.com/company-registration-form-for-zimbabwe/

Africans At Home And In The Diaspora, Let’s Form Voltron!

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Africa has a gold mine, a hidden treasure in the tool called collaboration. On the one hand we have so many African brothers and sisters living in the diaspora, missing home and desperate to find profitable and meaningful ways to reconnect with Africa. On the other hand there are those who have remained home, weathered incredible storms and survived great challenges, yet could use some help to start and grow something significant in their home country. With two different sets of strengths, skills and perspectives, Isn’t it time, these two groups had a real conversation about how to form Voltron?

Whose Voltron?

Voltron is a cartoon I used to watch as a kid. Most Zimbabweans anywhere close to my age would know him. He was the defender of the universe against evil monster robots intent on destroying civilization. Five robot lions, all different colors (races?), would fight individually to defend the land they loved. They were strong, intelligent and bold – all heroes, but sometimes, many times that was not enough.

So they formed Voltron.

By combing their strengths to form on giant robot, these 5 lions become far more powerful than either could ever be alone. In this way, they defeated even their greatest and most fierce enemies.

Africa too has great monsters to fight. Chief among them is poverty I think. Yet, with lions at home, and lions in the diaspora we can form Voltron to defeat them.

My friend, Bruce Tendai Mubayiwa and his team from Homecomingrevolution are doing important work in this regard. They’re committed to inspiring Africans In the diaspora to return home. Not to nothing, but to a land full of opportunity. Not to waste away but to prosper and help rebuild the continent.

It’s hot off the press from their Homecoming Revolution blog, so I thought I’d share with you, his thoughts on the subject…here’s Bruce, unedited…

“There has never been a more exciting time for collaboration between those at home and those in the Diaspora. Those in the diaspora have the experience and skills gained from different parts of the world. They have a different view about things at home which can come in very handy.

Those at home have unique insights into the socio-economic and political developments, evolution and structures. They are on the ground. They know what’s going on. It is one thing to read about a country in the media. It is another to be in the country. Those at home live it and experience it. They have seen the transitions in the economy, the politics, the country.

Those at home and in the diaspora make a formidable combination. They have a symbiotic relationship. They need each other. Those in the diaspora can’t make a difference at home without people on the ground at home. Those at home can’t advance their cause without their brothers and sisters in the diaspora. Both groups are very important. The result of their collaboration is far greater than the sum of their individual efforts in isolation. Sons and Daughters of Africa at home and in the Diaspora, let’s explore synergies every single day!

The advances in technology and social media mean that we can collaborate from different parts of the world at any time of the day. Let’s take full advantage of this. Twitter just needs 140 characters. Could it be too much to ask to write 140 characters. If you need something more formal and businesslike then how about LinkedIn, the largest professional network. Then there is Facebook which I am using write now. These are just a few of the tools, so many to consider BBM, WhatsApp, Viber – we are truly spoilt for choice and of course good old email! There are really no excuses ladies and gentlemen when it comes to communication.

To overcome the challenges in Africa, we need all hands on deck. The great Kwame Nkrumah once said, “I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me”.

If you connect with Africa, if you love Africa, if you feel Africa is in your blood reach out to others. Let’s build this great continent. Let’s create a legacy that our children and their children can be proud of. We can do this. We have the power. Wherever we are Let’s Connect, Collaborate, Conquer! It is indeed possible for Africa to Conquer its fears, problems and challenges through the Connection and Collaboration of those at home and in the Diaspora.

Homecoming Revolution’s Africa Expo in London on 15 and 16 March will showcase the opportunities on the continent. It’s an opportunity to Connect, Collaborate and Conquer. Homecoming Revolution Africa will be hosting over 26 top companies at their London Expo this weekend in an attempt to woo top diaspora professionals home. These include Barclays Africa, Standard Bank Group, KPMG Africa, Diageo, Ecobank, Africa Health Placements, Chicken Republic, Globacom, Group Five and Deloitte.

Social media: Helpful vs Hypeful

I’m often asked how to really make social media work. How to turn the opportunity into something of genuine value for a business.

Listen carefully…

The real key to social media strategy is to be helpful, not hype-ful. Relevant, not irreverent. Design your marketing to make a contribution, not simply a controversy.

You can get a lot of likes doing all sorts of things online, but the smart marketer must see beyond likes. He must see a person, who needs his help, and whose problem he is willing to care about.

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Why Everyone Needs To Learn Marketing

3-multichannel-marketing-lessons-from-the-UKs-Other-StoriesAs I see it, marketing is so pertinent, so basic to everyday life, that every student should be taught the subject. It’s right up there with Maths, English and How to rob a bank.

And I’m serious about that last one.

One reason we have such poor pass rates In schools, is that teachers and parents alike, don’t know how to market learning to kids. I’d have paid much more attention in class if someone had said “Max, these are the sort of skills that super agents and evil geniuses use to take over the world!”

Heck, I’d have become the national home-work champion!

You’ll be marketing yourself your whole life. It’s how you get that girl to marry you, how you get past the job interview or score a big promotion. It’s how you start a movement about something you care about, or get your kids to fall in love with homework.

And as a special bonus, You can even use it to sell products and services.

WARNING: Read This BEFORE You Get Into That Business Partnership!

business partnershipOne of the most important decisions you’ll make in the early life of your  business start-up is whether to go it alone, or partner with someone else. Few things can determine the success or failure of a start-up like the quality of its business partnerships. In this article, I’ll take you through some of the critical considerations to make, and the terrible traps to avoid in partnerships, but first

Why bother partnering with anyone?

The whole point of a partnership is that it should make the accomplishing of a goal easier. It takes a multitude of things to build a successful business and its very likely you don’t have them all, especially in these early days. So Remember this Continue reading “WARNING: Read This BEFORE You Get Into That Business Partnership!”