Starting Business in Tanzania

By Kessy Juma / October 20, 2023

Highlighting how to find the best opportunities, how to plan properly and how to register a business.

Starting a business in Tanzania involves four steps. First, find the best opportunity that has high potentials. Second, prepare lean plan for the business. Third, register the business. Fourth, get proper premise and operationalise the business.

1. Finding potential opportunities

Starting your business in Tanzania can be a challenging endeavor if you miss the ideal opportunity and dive into the wrong one.
Remember, an opportunity is ideal when you have or can affordably acquire most of the key success factors required for its successful operation.
Note: The market will have players engaged in similar businesses. What sets your business apart from the competition? Are you introducing something new, an improved product, or a more affordable alternative?
Validating the business concept: You might believe you’re introducing something of greater value, only to discover it’s already available in the market. You might believe you’re offering a cost-effective alternative, only to discover there are even more budget-friendly options in the market. Conduct a feasibility study that encompasses comprehensive market research, financial requirements, and profitability analysis. Visit potential leads. Network as much as possible.

List of business opportunities in Tanzania

After having identified a business that you can potentially pursue in Tanzania, you then need to prepare a lean plan for the business. The following part provides details on this.

2. Preparing lean plans

A lean plan is a simplified, concise, and flexible business planning document that outlines the fundamental aspects of a business’s strategy, goals, and operations.
Unlike a traditional comprehensive business plan, which can be lengthy and detailed, a lean plan focuses on the essentials.
It is often used by startups, small businesses, or entrepreneurs who want a streamlined and agile approach to planning.
A lean plan adapts and evolves as new information emerges.

Key characteristics of a lean plan include:

  1. Simplicity: It is typically a one-page document or a very concise document that can be easily understood and updated.
  2. Core Elements: It covers the fundamental elements of a business plan, such as the business concept, target market, value proposition, key metrics, and financial projections.
  3. Flexibility: A lean plan is designed to adapt and evolve as new information, market changes, or feedback become available. It’s not set in stone but can be adjusted to reflect new insights and challenges.
  4. Focus on Key Priorities: It hones in on the most critical aspects of the business, allowing entrepreneurs to concentrate their efforts on what matters most.
  5. Communication Tool: It can serve as a communication tool within a business or for external stakeholders like investors, advisors, or lenders.
  6. Actionable: A lean plan is geared towards actionable steps and immediate implementation rather than extensive documentation.

The main purpose of a lean plan is to provide a clear and quick overview of a business idea or strategy. It’s especially useful in fast-paced and dynamic environments where traditional business plans might be too time-consuming and rigid. As the business evolves and grows, the lean plan can be expanded into a more detailed business plan if needed.

Samples of lean plans

After preparing the lean business plan, the next step is to register the business. The following section provides details on this.

3. Registering the business

Incorporation/registration at BRELA, TIN, Tax Clearance, VRN/VAT (if applicable), Sectoral License (if applicable), Business License, Other General Regulatory Bodies (NEMC, TBS, TMDA, OSHA, NSSF, WCF, Fire & Rescue Force).
Some of the registrations will require you to have a premise ready, mainly those that require inspection(s).

Articles related to business registration in Tanzania.

After registering the business as a company, proprietorship, or partnership, you need to find a suitable location and operationalize the business.

4. Getting proper premise and operationalising the idea

The appropriate location and premises should have, of course, been identified during the research and feasibility study conducted during the idea validation stage. If, for any reason, this was not done, then it’s at this stage that it becomes necessary to address.
You may need to be adding capital for few years before you start to see good returns. This is part of a continuous improvement strategy.

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Published by Kessy Juma

Kessy Juma

Kessy Juma is the founder of Miamia Trading Company (miamiatz). He is a Techpreneur with roots in accountancy. He believes that any business is good as long it caters the right market using the right strategy.

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Published by Kessy Juma

Kessy Juma Kessy Juma is the founder of Miamia Trading Company (miamiatz). He is a Techpreneur with roots in accountancy. He believes that any business is good as long it caters the right market using the right strategy.

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