Making money in Zambia
Making money in Zambia

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Making money in Zambia: 4 tips for success

If you’re considering moving to Zambia, there are many factors to consider and think about. But one thing’s for sure, in order to be successful in your new home, you’ll need to ensure that you know how to make money in Zambia. Whether you decide to move to Zambia permanently or are planning on spending some time there as an expat before returning home, getting paid will be vital. Here are five tips that will help you make money in Zambia.

1) Entrepreneurship and Small Business

When you first set out to start a business, things might seem a little daunting. You may not know where to start or what opportunities are available. But trust us, it’s easier than you think. There are many government programs and nonprofit organizations that exist to help provide entrepreneurs with low-cost resources that can get your business up and running. The only challenge is knowing about them and taking advantage of them when you need to. We’ve gathered five tips from successful entrepreneurs in our community who have started their own small businesses on how they were able to make it happen.

2) Online Business

The easiest way to make good money is by starting your own online business. There are a lot of people making a comfortable living from their blogs, websites and other online business ventures. To learn how to start your own business, check out our guide here. If you want more information on what type of businesses you can run, check out our page on home-based businesses.
I’m going to assume that if you’re reading an How to Make Money in [insert country] post that you want information on opportunities specific to Zambia—so I won’t be spending much time talking about e-commerce or freelance writing gigs that work anywhere. If there’s enough interest I could write another post with more general advice—but for now I’ll stick with local options!
The best place to start when trying to figure out how to make money in Zambia is thinking about what skills you have (or can easily acquire) and whether those would translate into a job opportunity.

3) Jobs

The job market is tough, but there are a few areas that offer some opportunity. Retail and hospitality jobs can be found all over, but if you have skills or experience that’s transferable to other areas—such as IT, accounting, manufacturing or even work as a tour guide—then you may have an easier time finding a job. Regardless of where you choose to live, it helps to start at local stores and restaurants when looking for jobs. Most employers who want native English speakers will require a minimum level of education (high school diploma) and previous work experience; if you lack either one of these, your best bet is probably low-skilled labor jobs.

Making money in Zambia
Making money in Zambia

4) What you should know about copyright in Zambia

It’s difficult to enforce copyright laws in Zambia, so make sure you are either using licensed images or making them yourself with a camera or smartphone. If you do take a picture on your phone that you want to use for your business or website, don’t post it on social media until after you’ve made sure that you own it by running a quick image search first. This will ensure that you won’t be inadvertently infringing on another photographer’s copyright.


Making Money in Zambia as an Expat is something that needs to be thought about from day one. It’s easy to overspend or spend frivolously when you are new to a place and don’t know what a typical salary, expenses and so on should be. So it is important to do your research into what is expected of you and stick firmly to your boundaries.


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