In recent years, the Zimbabwean economy has depressed incomes and nearly necessitated side hustles. These side gigs offer the opportunity to explore personal passions, bolster income, and even transition into full-fledged businesses. For the people of Zimbabwe, a country known for its resilience and entrepreneurial spirit, side hustles have become a vital source of extra income. Here are some easy and profitable things to sell as a side hustle in Zimbabwe.

Before diving in, we must define what is meant by easy. While the word does not mean the same thing to everyone due to circumstances, we can come to some definition. To start a business or side hustle, you will require some skills, experience, capital, time, and some selling effort. For a side hustle to be considered accessible, it must have a low requirement in at least one of these aspects. The more aspects it has low requirements, the easier we can think it to be. Remember that to excel in business, you must be extraordinary at something. So, while some aspects will be easy, you must do something special to succeed.

Food and Beverages

Zimbabweans have a deep appreciation for good food. If you possess culinary skills, consider preparing and selling homemade dishes, baked goods, or traditional snacks. With a low initial investment, you can create a loyal customer base through word-of-mouth referrals and social media marketing. You do not even require culinary skills to get into this business. Many people make money supplying food prepared by other people.

Clothes and Accessories

Fashion is a universal language, and Zimbabwe is no exception. Selling clothes, shoes, or accessories, either through online platforms or local markets, can be a profitable venture. Thrifted fashion items or unique handcrafted pieces can capture the attention of fashion-forward individuals seeking distinctive styles. Runners have also taken root in Zimbabwe. There are many approaches here that can work very well.


The beauty industry continues to thrive in Zimbabwe. Whether it’s handmade soaps, organic skincare products, or locally sourced natural cosmetics, there’s a demand for products that promote self-care and enhance personal grooming. Fragrances and hair care products are also a big hit in Zimbabwe. While the market has many options, there is always something you can become a trusted supplier of. You need to find your one breakthrough product, something as small as a hand cream.

Electronics and Gadgets

As technology becomes more integrated into daily life, the demand for electronics and gadgets remains strong. Selling phone accessories, power banks, or trendy gadgets can cater to the tech-savvy population. The gadget game has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. We have gone from when the phone was the only gadget to tablets, smart home pods, smartwatches, location tags, Bluetooth speakers, location tags, and much more.

Home Goods

Home is where the heart is, and Zimbabweans take pride in their living spaces. Selling home goods such as decorative items, small furniture, or personalized crafts can be a fulfilling way to tap into this market. This side hustle can also open you up to diaspora-based Zimbabweans who may want to put a touch of home in their home decor. The essential thing here is understanding trends and staying at their cutting edge.

Teaching and Tutoring

Education is highly valued in Zimbabwe, making tutoring a sought-after service. If you excel in a particular subject or skill, offering tutoring sessions can help students succeed while providing you with a steady income stream. While things are tight in Zimbabwe, and you will most likely thrive in tutoring stuff in the academic sphere, you may also find success in tutoring or teaching life skills like cooking, swimming, personal finance, and more.

Flowers and Plants

The gift of nature always stays in style. Selling flowers and plants, whether for special occasions or home decor, can bring a touch of nature’s beauty to people’s lives. There’s an excellent opportunity for potted plants for home decor. This also doesn’t require massive space to do, so that makes it easy.


If you’re a wordsmith or passionate about sharing knowledge, consider starting a blog or offering freelance writing services. Engaging content that addresses local interests or global topics can attract readers and potentially lead to business partnerships. In this side hustle, you are only as limited as your knowledge level in an in-demand area.


E-commerce has made it easier than ever to start a retail business. Dropshipping, in particular, allows you to sell products without managing inventory. Research trending products, set up an online store, and collaborate with suppliers to fulfill orders.

Zimbabweans are renowned for their determination and resourcefulness. With creativity and dedication, these easy-to-sell side hustles can become thriving businesses. Whether you’re a culinary artist, a tech enthusiast, a fashionista, or a wordsmith, there’s a side hustle opportunity waiting for you in Zimbabwe’s bustling market. Remember, success comes from choosing the proper hustle and delivering quality and value to your customers. Take the plunge into the world of side hustles and unlock your entrepreneurial potential!