I'm Tailone Taylor Chiyangwa
My academic background is in Social Sciences but I ended up leaving that and venturing into the online world. After I graduated I got a job that was distantly related to my education but I had to take it just so that I could pay the bills and get some food on the table.
I terribly hated that job and felt constrained and stifled daily. I felt I wasn’t growing as a person in that job and that led me to start looking at other alternatives of earning income.
I had always had an interest in online entrepreneurship since I had been introduced to a computer 20 years ago. So during the weekends and evenings, I started researching ways of earning income online.
I watched videos on Youtube, sought out mentors, both local and international, and looked for books in my quest to quit my job and do something much better. I was convinced that my fortune lay online and it was just a matter of time before I became an online entrepreneur.
I started setting up my first online business on a part-time basis while I worked my dreary job. I saw signs of progress and then decided to take the leap. I quit my job in December 2016 during a time where the bulk of the people were desperately looking for jobs.
A lot of people around me thought I was delusional and I would regret such a drastic move but I am happy to say it has turned out to be the complete opposite.
I have managed to set up a number of online businesses including:
- www.contentforgrowth.com -for content and copywriting services
- www.tayconsultancy.com -for digital marketing, social media, web and graphic design services to businesses
- www.mycity.co.zw – an online business directory to help their businesses grow through giving them free online presence
- www.swagforex.co.zw – my forex blog where I give forex education for free.
I now work for myself and I enjoy it immensely. It does not even feel like work! I have also managed to create employment for some freelance writers and that makes me very proud.
I have gone one to learn a lot of stuff on digital marketing and online entrepreneurship by myself. I am now a Google certified digital marketing specialist and I train business owners on how they can use digital channels to grow their business.
I also mentor people who are interested in setting up their own online businesses.
One of my goals in life is to change the narrative of online entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe in particular and Africa in general.
I made this my mission after realising the multitude of income-generating opportunities that lie online that can be exploited if people have the knowledge and drive.
I hope to inspire someone who may feel stuck in a job they hate or may be giving up on getting employment altogether. I hope to show them that there is another way that is pretty much open to anyone willing to sacrifice time and effort in learning.
These are the reasons why I started this blog and why I also wrote free books on online entrepreneurship. I believe we have all the ingredients necessary to capitalise on online entrepreneurship and what is lacking is just the right mindset. I have made it my mission to change that.
I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments on my story below!