Unemployed? Could self-employment be the solution?

Are you finding it impossible to break into the jobs market in Zambia? Are you employed but want more freedom and flexibility? Perhaps self-employment could be the solution for you…

Why consider self-employment?

  • There are a limited number of permanent jobs available in Zambia
  • You have an idea that would make a great business
  • You want a greater share of the financial rewards associated with your work
  • The internet and mobile communication have enabled people to connect and start businesses more easily
  • The desire for improvements in work/life balance

So what types of self-employment opportunities exist?

The list of self-employment opportunities in Zambia is huge. From buying and selling goods and services, to labouring and trades, to freelancing and consultancy – there are numerous self-employment opportunities to explore. There are even websites that give you the opportunity to work with people all over the world – from right here in Zambia!

You can find out more about this type of self-employed work in our articles:

What are the benefits and disadvantages of self-employment?

Being your own boss sounds great but remember it can be challenging and it is not a path that everyone will be able to or want to take. Below we list some of the benefits and disadvantages of self-employment:


  • Gain valuable work experience
  • More control over financial rewards of work
  • Freedom and flexibility over working hours and conditions


  • Less certainty of income
  • Having to fund own training, holidays and sick leave
  • Lack of support network

Sources of help

Need help getting your business started? Below are links to several organisation who provide help and financial assistance to people starting a business in Zambia.


Self-employed could be a great solution if you are struggling to find formal employment in Zambia or if you like the idea of being your own boss.

Further Information

To find more free careers advice in Zambia just visit: Careers Advice

Search for Jobs

To search for the latest jobs in Zambia visit: www.gozambiajobs.com