7 Smart Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs in Tanzania 2024

7 Smart Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs in Tanzania 2024

Here are 7 business ideas that address problems in Tanzanian society and have the potential for success.

What problem does your business solve?

Let’s imagine that you’ve always wanted to open an ice cream shop. But if there are dozens of ice cream stores all over town, then is this the best business idea for you? Well, if you are passionate about ice cream and have studied the market then maybe you can come up with an ice cream shop that solves a problem that all the other ice cream shops have failed to address. This could include, a lack of variety in flavors, high prices, or limited choice in toppings and cones. The point is, that there is no original idea under the sun, but every successful business effectively solves a problem that no one else has tackled in the market.

So given this perspective, here are 10 business ideas that address problems in Tanzanian society and have the potential for success.

1. Customer Service App

If you live in Tanzania, then you have surely complained about poor customer service more than once. Whether at a restaurant, retail store, or professional agency, Tanzania, unfortunately, suffers from a ‘bad customer service crisis’. So why not find a way to make businesses accountable for training their staff by creating an app where people can rate businesses in different industries based on the customer service they provide?

2. Skills Sharing App and Website

Many businesses and professionals in Tanzania struggle to find competent and skilled employees on short notice. So, someone could create an app where professionals can publicly post their resumes, portfolios, and rates, and people can contact them for short-term gigs and freelance opportunities. Similar websites exist in countries like the U.S. and India, however, it would be beneficial to create one that is tailored to the needs of Tanzanian businesses.

3. Food Truck

Instead of a stationary restaurant, why not have a food truck that moves around places where there are a lot of businesses and offers cheap and delicious meals at affordable prices during lunch hours?

4. Publication For Expat Community

Cities like Arusha and Dar es Salaam have always had a lot of expats, but there are few publications and websites dedicated to addressing their daily struggles and interests in their new homes. So, why not start a publication, in the expat community’s language that does just this? There are a couple of Chinese newsletters in Dar es Salaam that highlight Chinese businesses and services in Mandarin, and they seem to be doing pretty well.

5. 24-Hour Car Repair Service

The unfortunate thing about car breakdowns is that they can’t be scheduled at a time that’s convenient for you. They can happen at any time, and sometimes it’s difficult to find someone to help you (for instance if your vehicle breaks down at 2 Am). So, imagine if people were able to call a car repair service or mechanic at any hour. Sounds like a recipe for success.

6. Local Dating App

Almost everyone loves romance and as a result, dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid are incredibly popular worldwide, so why not create one that meets the specific needs of people in Tanzania? It could include categories like ‘interested in marriage’ and ‘religious views’ among other localized ideals.

7. Community Office Space

There are more and more people with flexible work schedules or who are venturing out and launching their businesses and working from coffee shops and restaurants during the day. As a result, there’s a need in the market for office spaces that people can rent out on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis and provide a desk, internet service, printer, storage space, and even coffee. This gives people who work for themselves a sense of community while allowing them to maintain their flexible work lifestyle.

There is nothing new under the sun

As mentioned before, there a rarely any new ideas, instead, people just come up with better ways of doing things. So, whether you are passionate about ice cream, tech, or education, you have to make sure it fills a gap in the market and is relevant to the needs of Tanzanian consumers. However, if you really don’t have a particular venture in mind, then adapt one of these business ideas and thank us later.

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