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How to Start a Construction Company in Zimbabwe

 How to Start a Construction Company in Zimbabwe

Do you want to learn how to start a construction company in Zimbabwe? If yes then this article is for you.

Worry no further, we have provided a step-by-step guide on how to start and operate a construction company in Zimbabwe.

Construction is a very important sector in the Economy of Zimbabwe. It's one of the fastest-growing business ventures. Yet, there are very few Zimbabweans in this industry.

How to Start a Construction Company in Zimbabwe

10 steps on How to Start a Construction Company in Zimbabwe

Step 1: Decide your niche

The first step towards starting a construction company in Zimbabwe is to decide what sector or niche within the construction industry you want to enrol on.

In Zimbabwe, there are four (04) construction companies segment. The residential segment is in charge of the construction of homes, institutional and commercial building segment which is the construction of institutions such as hospitals, schools etc. and commercial structures such as stores, office space etc.

The third segment is the specialization in the specialization in industrial construction and the last segment is the construction of infrastructures and heavy construction.

Step 2: Know your Key competitors

Every business has a competitor in the marketplace. In starting a construction business, you need to know all you’re potential competitors within the construction sector.

Study your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses. Study marketing and promotional strategies that they employ.

Observed how they treat their customers and studied who they buy materials from. Also, study how long they take before they complete a construction project.

Step 3: Choose a suitable location

Location is everything when it comes to running a construction company in Zimbabwe. It’s the key to success for the most successful construction constrictors in the nation.

If you are into commercial construction, then locations or cities such as Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Chinhoyi, Kadoma, Marondera, Masvingo and Zvishavane etc would be the best cities for successful construction company in the commercial.

Let, your office be located in a strategic location where clients can easily locate you. 

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Step 4: Choose a good business name

Every successful business in Zimbabwe is known by its name. Names are very vital towards the promotion and growth of a business.

If, you are just starting with your construction company in Zimbabwe, make sure to choose a suitable name for your company.

Choose a business name that is unique, easy to pronounce and easy to be remembered by users.

You can name your new construction business based on different ways. First, you can name your company by using one of your names. Example Mugabe Construction Ltd.

You can also name your construction company by the type of sector you are in. For example, if you are into residential construction, you can name Your Company as TK Residential Construction company.

You can also name your construction company by the location of business operation. For example, if you live in Kadoma Commercial Ltd.

Step 5: Build a Business Plan

Write a business plan for your construction company. A business plan is a very key pillar in building the blueprint of the construction company.

A business plan helps you map out what your construction company would look like when it’s become operational, what possible issues you will face and how to overcome challenges that arise during the operation of the business.

If you don’t have knowledge n how to draft a good construction business, it's advisable to get help for expert business plan writers.

However, whether you hire an expert to write your business plan for you, make sure you have a visual of the following, a brief description of the construction company, details of the services provided, market analysis, who your potential suppliers would be, cost of materials needed, analysis of competitors, description of how contracts would be carried out, risk analysis and sources of income.

Step 6: Buy all required tools and equipment

Get all the basic tools and equipment you need in running your construction company.

Get your basic tools such as a measuring box, hand saw, crowbar, digging bar, ladder, concrete mixer, boning rod, etc.

Also, get a first aid medical box for your construction company. This would help to reduce damage or any injury that workers face during the construction service.

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Step 7: Register your business

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries you don’t need to register your business before you operate it.

However, there are more advantages to registering your business in Zimbabwe than just operating without a license and registration. Some of these benefits are tax cuts, easy transfer of ownership etc.

This implies that there are more advantages to registering your construction company in Zimbabwe. Added to this, a licensed and register construction company implies that you are trustworthy and professional in what you do.

Company registration also in Zimbabwe is very simple, if you do not know how to go about it, then get help from a law firm.

Step 8: Build the right Team

No matter how small your construction company might be, you will need to have a team to work with. To be successful in running a construction company in Zimbabwe, you will need to hire only professionals or those qualified to do the job.

Within your team, make sure to have a content generation team, these are individuals who regularly write content for the company. They would be in charge of publishing content for every single project the construction company has undertaken.

Also, have an advertisements team, this set of persons who be in charge of handling all aspects of business promotion, They will be in charge of promoting the business using all available means at their disposal.

Step 9: Partner with other construction institutions

If, you are just starting your construction company, learn to work in partnership with other similar construction companies, especially working in collaboration with larger firms.

Working with larger firms as partners would help newly created construction companies to grow. Your construction company might benefit from resources and tools from larger organizations. You might also benefit financially from these larger companies.

Step 10: Promote your business

One of the keys to running a successful construction company in Zimbabwe is to promote your construction company at all times.

You can do this by first creating a website that displays all the services you offer. Promote your business through social media sites. On your website, publicise the past successful projects you have carried out. This would help potential customers gain more trust in your services.

Try reaching out to happy customers and getting feedback, and asking them to help promote your business to their friends and relatives.

Create a compelling video of about 5 minutes explaining what you do and the successful projects you have carried out. This can also help potential customers easily know what you do and what values or skills your company can provide for them.

Also, ensure your phone number is reachable at all times.


The construction sector or industry in Zimbabwe is closely been watched. It's one of the fastest-growing sectors in Zimbabwe.

If you want to start a construction company in Zimbabwe, then you will need to follow the following steps outlined above.

To be successful in running a construction company in Zimbabwe, you will need to identify which aspects of the construction industry do want to engage in.

Choose a good name for your business; locate your business in strategic locations that are easily accessible by all customers. Register the construction business as this would help increase the trust and identity of your business. The most important step is to regularly promote and market your business to your neighbourhood etc.