Calling Thailand Expat Entrepreneurs – A Meeting

I’d like to find the entrepreneurs in Thailand that are doing something. There are tons of people not doing any sort of business in Thailand, but what I’m looking for are those that have something up and running – something big, something small – no matter.

I’d like to get better networked with more people.

I have a small group of people that I stay in touch with about business ideas, and to whom I can count on for help and to give help to. I want to expand that group.

What I’m thinking about is a meeting in June maybe.

Call it a conference, call it a meeting. It can be a series of meetings where we all get together and share information – and ask questions of each other – and network. Networking – to me – means, get to know someone that might become a friend or partner in business at some point.

I have so many ideas for online businesses that would work in Thailand – and maybe you have some too. Maybe you just need help starting or developing your new business. Whatever it is – we “business-minded” folks should get together and see if anything good results.

If you’re interested in this meeting and have a vote for where it should be held – let me know at: ThaiPulse@gmail.com.

To be clear… this would be a meeting for any foreigners living in Thailand that are interested in developing an online business, or that currently has an online business.

Anybody interested in this?

Email me – ThaiPulse@gmail.com.

Cheers!

Starting a Business in Thailand

There are a number of things you could do if you’re looking to start a business in Thailand.

One thing you might try is a tour agency. Probably you or your spouse speaks English well enough to communicate with some of the 14 million tourists that visit Thailand each year. Probably one of you speaks Thai enough that you could also hit the Thai market, which – for some tourist destinations – is substantial too.

We briefly considered a tour agency but the business office in Phuket that gives out the tour agency licenses wanted 100,000 THB to start. It’s a guarantee in case someone sues you for screwing them over – or whatever else they want to sue you for. To me I looked at it as an excellent way for someone to make a lot of money from us – without going through us – they just complain to the business office – who gives them part of our 100,000 THB to shut them up.

I didn’t like that idea much. We didn’t open a tour agency.

You might open a restaurant. I’ve seen guys that helped their Thai wives open soup stands and small restaurants. I’ve seen them work a couple of times. Talking with other soup stand owners we learned they can make 15-20,000 THB per month if they do fairly well. Even in a place in the northeast. That’s pretty decent money. Pretty boring job though – right?

You could open a dive shop. Thailand’s south – Phuket and Krabi are full of them, foreign owned and some of them doing really well. As far as I know, Trang doesn’t have any foreign owned dive shops – and that might be a good place to go to open one. Trang has some nice water and islands. Stunning. And, they’re not overrun by tourists yet.

Koh Lanta has some foreign owned dive shops – and well, just about everything seems foreign owned on Lanta.

Bars. Many guys open a bar and think they’re going to make enough money to live on every month – and are shocked to find out they can’t. There is a LOT of competition in places like Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket, Samui. Why would the hoards of tourists come to your bar instead of others? That’s the part of the equation you’ve got to have figured out – or, don’t bother. If you can somehow convince 10-20 drop dead gorgeous girls to work at your bar – and show up every night – you won’t have any problems. Finding amazing girls that are somewhat reliable – is a nightmare.

That said, I know a foreigner in Patong Beach making big BANK with 3 bars he’s had for years.

You could do something online…

Blogging – is out. You can’t make bank just blogging. Your website needs to have a focus. Look at StickmanBangkok.com, Thaivisa.com, bahtsold.com – dying, but I think he’s still doing OK for now, ajarn.com. They have a focus – and it’s not blogging about day to day life in Thailand. Stick had a good idea with the story submission thing – and that’s given him lots of content for his site. Thaivisa has a few million pages now – thanks to forums. Ajarn.com has the name recognition for all teachers – as does that other teacher site… whose name escapes me now. Dave’s ESL something.

Blogging about your day at school, or bitching about the Thai experience – is going to get you squat.

You could sell something online. Someone from the northeast got in touch with me about selling their Thai Silk scarves and things. They created a real nice site and I hope they’re doing well. Problem is – to master Google, it will take some years. If you’re in it for the long-haul – great! That’s what it will be – a long haul. Still possible though.

I don’t know what else people would sell from Thailand except GEMS. If you are a gem expert – you owe it to yourself to move here immediately – to Bangkok or Chantaburi, east of Pattaya – and get a nice website going. You can make a giant killing. If you look at Ebay – Thailand gem masters are selling thousands of rocks each month. Rubies, sapphires, and other things I haven’t the slightest idea how to price, go for small and big money online. There are a number of Thailand based jewelers on eBay – look it up sometime.

Some guys come to Thailand to shoot erotica for their websites. That seems to be dying out – as there have been many busts of people engaged in that sort of thing. Some guys try to start escort services – which I can’t imagine really working either. Some guys bring their girls from their home country – Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Africa, Pakistan, to be prostitutes for the international travelers here. I can’t see that working for too long either.

There’s always drugs. Just about daily I’ll find something online about a drug bust in Thailand. As many drug busts as there are – many people are just not afraid of them here.

A group of guys told me that the gardener at a resort they were staying at, offered them some marijuana from his own personal garden. He showed it to them. That’s pretty damn bold for a Thai to do, right? Happens all the time I think.

What other business could you start from Thailand… hmmm. Visa runs I guess. A lot of competition for those too, I wouldn’t have any fun doing that.

There are reports of some expats up in the northeast – Khon Kaen, MahaSarakham, Nong Khai – that have some sort of scammy, find yourself a Thai bride type operation. I always thought a legitimate place located in the northeast would do really well. I have now had about a dozen guys write me to ask me to find them a future wife – all because of a post I made years ago, just joking that I’d do it for some outrageous amount of money. Apparently some guys will pay it – and be glad to. I think that could work – go ahead and run with it – I don’t think we’re going to do it. I’d like to see someone offer a good service like this.

You’ve probably seen people that bring Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macbook Airs over from the USA or Singapore, Hong Kong, or elsewhere – to sell them here in Thailand. I guess that might work – there are enough people doing it, they must be making some kind of money. I think that at a couple hundred bucks profit off one machine you’d have to sell 10 per month. Wouldn’t it be hard to import that many each month? Is it all worth it somehow? I’m not sure… I don’t like the reselling businesses much.

I’ve seen a couple expats start used bookstores. There’s one operating out of Chiang Mai. I don’t know that that is going anywhere, as ebooks are all the rage. I don’t see ebooks going all that well either – I have ThailandeBooks.com and it isn’t selling more than $100 per month in books. That’s not enough for anyone to live on!

On the other hand, writing books is a better idea, if you can write. There are many topics you might write about and create your own ebook or even ebook series. Seems ridiculous to pay $10 and more dollars for a paperback book – or an ebook. I list all mine for $2.99. Amazon adds $2 for books sold in the UK and maybe all over Europe – not sure. I make just $2 a book – but, that’s nice extra $.

Making movies would probably work. You’ve got millions of people here that would work for 300 THB per day. Are there any foreign movie directors and producers in Thailand? The Thai audience loves movies and seems to me it wouldn’t be that hard to create a movie Thais’ like. Maybe that’s all mob controlled – not sure. Likely it is I guess.

Oh, almost forgot – Teaching English online, or Teaching Thai online may work if you have the internet skills. There is a guy and his Thai wife that are doing this out of uhm, I forget – Sweden? He has ads all over ThaiVisa, and some other big sites. When he first started he was making $3,000 per month. That’s pretty good – right? By now he must be at $6,000 per month or more. This area is pretty wide open – and has been for the 6 years I’ve been in Thailand.

It does take a lot of effort and serious online know-how.

I have some great ideas for a business in this niche and it’s always possible I’ll jump into it. The amount of work scares me though – I have a lot of stuff going on and this would be a LOT of time invested to get up and running.

I probably see no better opportunity though. Well, not true. I see some more, a couple of killer businesses. But, I’m not sharing them – because it’s likely I will jump into some of them within the next year!

Ok – well, that’s my overview of creating a business in Thailand. Online there are still many opportunities – but you’ll need to focus on something that sells – not blog in general about life. Focus on something that isn’t already doing that well, or, go up against something that is killing it – and make it a long-term effort to be the best in that niche. Online classifieds is something that comes to mind. Bahtsold.com blows. ThaiVisa seems to copy the Craigslist ads. There’s nobody else in the space that I know about. What about the rental market? Someone could really specialize there and make a killing I think. Everyone – all expats staying for a while – need to find good house and townhomes to live… help them.

Ok – that’s all I’ve got. Hope someone got something out of this rambling!

Making Money with Your Thailand Website…

7/7/11 Note – we no longer use Clickbank for anything.

Many of you reading this have a website, a blog – that is focused on some aspect of Thailand. Chances are you’re not making a lot of money from it.

I have some websites focused on Thailand and I’ve used the Google Adsense ads to make some money like everyone else because they’re easy to setup and provide something over time. It’s not much – and it’s definitely not enough. joys-thai-food-ebook

One of the next steps you can do to make money in Thailand is to become an affiliate for someone that has a product you can sell on your site – and make yourself a commission off all sales.

You’d want this service to provide you with statistics for what sales are actually occurring from the ads on your Thailand focused site – and you can have that at Clickbank.com.

CLICKBANK.com is a huge affiliate program. You can choose from many ads in all different niches – but as of yet there are only a few focused on Thailand.

Can you say opportunity?

There is opportunity on both sides… you can create a product to sell on Clickbank , an ebook or other digital or non-digital product, and become a seller for $50 which is a one-time fee they charge to allow you to sell products through their affiliate members.

That’s what we did recently with “Joy’s Thai Food EBook” and 5 free bonuses. So, we created this 101 page ebook in PDF format. Anyone that has a website anywhere in the world that signs up as a publisher to show ads about our ebook on their site – can do so – and make 40% of the commission from the sale of each of Joy’s Thai Food Ebooks.

If you sign up as a publisher – it’s totally free. You can choose from many advertisements to run on your site – Including Joy’s Thai Food Ebook.

While on Clickbank you can search on “Thai” or “Thailand” and her ebook will pop up as an option you can sell on your site. (see search page here>)

This is an excellent way to begin a home online business in Thailand and make some money as an alternative to teaching.

  • You don’t need to process any money yourself.
  • You don’t need a PayPal, Moneybookers.com or any other account.
  • You don’t need to give Clickbank access to your bank account or anything else.

Clickbank will send you a check when you’ve sold the minimum amount to meet their threshold (about $100).

You may have noticed I have Martin’s “Your Thai Girl” ebook at this site and the main Thaipulse.com site. Martin is also on Clickbank as a seller of his eproducts. You can sign up there to put Martin’s ads on your site as well.

Selling items from Clickbank as an affiliate is a good alternative to Google’s Adsense program.

If you sell one of Joy’s Ebooks which are $39.95 you’ll get 40% of that… close to $16 usd. With Google Adsense you’re probably not making that in a month. You’re probably also diluting the value of your blog or website by running Google adsense ads because the ads can be for anything – even from your competitors if you don’t properly block them.

If you want to make money in Thailand and have a website, consider selling Joy’s Ebook on your website

1. Just visit www.Clickbank.com and sign up: Clickbank Affiliate program. You’ll get a Clickbank NickName you need to create links on your site to sell Joy’s Thai Food ebooks. Remember your Clickbank NickName…

2. Click this link to go to Click bank and “build your link”. (Note 7/7/11 – We axed this program – no longer using Clickbank)

3. Once you have the link code – just use that for all links you have about Joy’s ebooks and Clickbank will track the sales and give your affiliate account credit for all sales – you get 40% of the cost of the ebook. You don’t have to worry about the bonuses or sending the ebooks – we send them out.

4. Customers that click your link to buy Joy’s Ebook go to a special page to order. If you put your cursor over the ORDER PAGE link on that page you’ll see the link goes to Clickbank which tracks all your successful orders. You can check your stats anytime by logging in at your Clickbank account.

Easy enough?

More information about making money in Thailand by starting a business online…

IncAnswers.com is where I post most of my online business related articles and videos if you’re interested in what can be done online. If you want to read more about home business opportunities like selling ebooks or other ideas you can also visit Randy Duermyer’s Home Business Site at About.com where he has some excellent business resource pages.

Writing Something Negative about a Thai Business?

Interesting day yesterday…

I’m in the video store picking out something to watch. I get a call from the guy whose internet shop I go to often.

He says he doesn’t like some things I wrote about him on my web site.

Huh?

I’m confused, because I don’t remember writing anything about him (yet), but I knew it was something I really wanted to make time for since the place was an incredible find for me – I get fast internet, air con, comfortable place, always music playing… and the guy is a business genius. We talk about a lot of topics… I was beginning to think that we’d be friends for a long time…

But, he’s telling me he doesn’t like something that was written – he is telling me the link he followed off my home page to get to the page…

He tells me that there are two things on my site that are not good for his business… I’m struggling in my mind to think – what the hell did I write about this guy? Honestly, I remembered NOTHING that I wrote about him or his business.

He tells me that I said I don’t like the coffee…

Hmm, wait a second – yeah, that’s true – how the hell does he know that? I MUST HAVE written something.

Now I’m afraid of what the hell I wrote because when I write and post to my blog or create a web page I’m doing it on the fly. It might take me 20 minutes to create a page and post it to the blog or site. I’ve written 1100 pages on www.thaipulse.com. I’ve posted 300 times at this blog. I’ve got other blogs that I’ve posted over 200 more blog entries at. I typically write a couple to a few thousand words per day. I’ve had a few instances now where I’ve forgotten something that I’ve written.

Writing everyday on different topics has that effect.

This was one of those times – and I was regretting having written anything since I must have written about him and his business when I didn’t know him at all. Likely, the first day I met him back on August 11th or 12th. That was 60-70 days ago.

Now, usually I remember things I’ve written – at least that I have written something at all. This time I didn’t remember as he’s telling me what else he didn’t like about what I wrote…

He said, you tell people that they may be able to get free WIFI from my coffee shop if they stay at the hotel next door on the 2nd floor.

Yes… now I’m starting to remember that I wrote something about this place.

Yeah, I wrote that… I don’t have any problem with saying that. It’s not negative about his store. It’s not going to affect him. If it’s 5 pm to 9am you might be able to get free internet… because he’s not OPEN. That was my point… but, sure anyone can get free WIFI anywhere there’s an open network – and I write about those places since we as visitors are constantly searching for a good internet connection and especially free WIFI.

If a shop owner doesn’t want someone to have free WIFI – restrict the network… and cut off the WIFI at night when the store isn’t open.

So, I don’t think that was such a big deal to him… not sure.

The other thing was, he was ordering lunch from next door at the hotel. They brought it over…I ordered kow pad moo – fried rice. In Krabi the price for fried rice is 30-35 baht. I stayed at that hotel before and I had room service… they charged me 30 or 35 baht – I forget which.

When I got it at his shop from this hotel he told me the price was 60 baht. I stopped for a second, going to ask WHY? But, I shut up and ate it. Making mental notes that I wouldn’t be eating anything from there again. I’d rather walk 5 meters to the hotel and get it for 30 baht.

As he’s telling me about this – he tells me that the hotel charged that much, he didn’t add anything onto it.

Oh, my mistake.

I thought I distinctly heard in Thai that the woman said 35 baht. They spoke back and forth quickly between them and then he said, “60 baht”.

So – I figured, of course, that he added the extra as a commission for eating it at his inet cafe.

I guess I was wrong… (and I shouldn’t have written it)

I still hadn’t the slightest idea what all I’d written. I was embarrassed that I had forgotten that I wrote about his shop and I was anxious to see what I’d written…

First stop after the vide place was a travel agency where my g/f and I were to drop off some vietnamese rolls that she made for the girl there. As we’re sitting there she gets a call from…. YOU GUESSED IT… This guy was calling her because he found her on my site. He was asking all kinds of questions about me, where I work, where I came from (live?), how does she know me… etc.

Then as she gets off the phone to tell us what happened she tells us that he tried to call my girlfriend’s work place! We called there later that night and found out that he did call and try to find out more information!

She also tells us that the guy is going to meet with the owner of another internet cafe in town that I wrote a negative review of… did they know each other before? I don’t know – but they know each other now.

The other inet cafe gave me some horrible service one day… I wrote up exactly what happened in a blog post, you may have seen it here… The owners were rude to me and they tried to add on a huge extra payment after I had bought the wifi ticket, having neither told me about the extra charge or having it written on their sign for WIFI. Anyway, that’s another story.

I went home and pulled it up on my site…

Wow.

I did write a BIG page of information…

The entire page was filled with good information about the place, the owner as the ultimate Thai businessman… the fast, consistent uploads and downloads. The awesome atmosphere. The guy’s accomplishments as web host business, coffee / inet shop owner, drummer, drum instructor, band member… etc.

I counted 19 POSITIVE THINGS versus the 2 negative things… I didn’t like the coffee, and the charge for the rice was way high.

Well, I’ve since changed the page to be ‘nicer’, but I’m not sure he’ll be happy with it as it is. Hopefully he’ll answer my email, SMS, or phone call today.

When I write something about a business in Thailand I’m writing to help other visitors. It helps them to know about free WIFI. It helps them to know, the service sucked at a place or the owners were rude, or they tried to tack on extra charges AFTER you already buy something that requires the extras… If visitors to Thailand shared information about the places they stayed, ate, visited, etc – we’d all have a much better experience in Thailand. That’s my idea…

I know it’s right from my perspective, but from a Thai person owning a business perspective?

Anyway – so, that was my yesterday.

Be careful if you have a site where you’re critical of Thai people or businesses. I keep thinking I understand the concept of “face” but you know what, I STILL don’t get it. I still don’t understand the MAJOR importance it has in Thais’ minds.

I don’t think I’m ever really going to understand.

It may well be THE MOST IMPORTANT thing in a Thai person’s life… be very careful about stepping on it, even if it’s softly…

My sincere apologies to my friend…

I’ll seriously consider everything I write that may affect someone’s business in a negative way in the future and I’ll tone it down as much as possible while still giving good information to those traveling to Thailand on vacation.

Thailand Customer Service and Shopping Experiences: YIKES.

My friend Jason at Isaanstyle.blogspot.com recently posted something about customer service in Thailand… This is also an area that gets me revved up. Not in a good way.

I have never larned cuss words in Thai – as I’d use them liberally. In America I was a guy that didn’t let too many things go by. Wrong me and you’ll know. And, you’ll fix it or somebody sure would. Customer service in America sucks to the highest possible degree of suck. It’s suck to the nth degree.

It’s part of the whole culture there though. In customer service you’re the lowest of the low in the states. You’re expected to do what the customer wants and to keep the customer happy. The customer is spending money (maybe) and it’s up to you to entice him/her to spend it. Working in McDonald’s they could give 2 shites. If they hear you wrong in the drive-through they’re pissed at YOU. They’re under pressure to perform very quickly and be nice at the same time.

In Thailand it’s different. There IS no pressure that I’ve seen. Even at McDonald’s in Bangkok, nobody seems pressured because even in BKK the Thais’ are much more patient than in the USA. Even if it’s crowded, no worries… So, pleasantness isn’t usually a problem in Thailand unless the owner of the business is there and she or he is waiting on you. It’s a matter of face then of course. The owner is being watched by other employees and if nothing is sold to the ‘rich farang’ then the seller wasn’t that good.

If the farang gets angry – worse… because nothing is getting sold for sure then.

The Thais’ appear to be unattached to the outcome of a sale. If they sell something, that’s nice. If not, that’s nice. They’re not pushy. They will leave you alone if you ask. Ask anything else and they are clueless. Thais’ don’t apprear to know about the products they’re selling. They don’t care. They might have a cell phone shop, but not be able to tell you which phones have speaker phone. Which have EDGE? Which have WIFI? If they can’t physically SEE it on the outside of the phone – it appears beyond them. Ask them about camera – they KNOW that one. They can see it. Ask them about operating system and they’re lost. Ask them about anything except camera and they’re lost!

It’s NOT just cell phones, it’s virtually anything. They are not savvy sales people.

Walk into a car dealer, motorbike dealer, or bicycle dealer and try to get a test drive. What’s that? There is no such thing in Thailand. If you insist you can sometimes get one. I made the Honda dealer let me drive the 2nd hand Honda Nova around the used lot in the back in a circle – so at least I could see how it ran. I literally forced them by smiling and insisting…. they let me. It took a visit from the manager and 5-7 minutes of convincing, and smiling and being nice – but he let me. EVERY employee in the place stopped to watch because apparently that was the first time they ever saw that.

I’ve ranted about that before… Thailand’s Buy before you Try System of sales…
I’ve also written about Thailand businesses

What about what seems like a national “No Returns” policy? What the hell is that about? I’ve tried to return many things in the past only to be told there are no returns. The ONE time I was able to return, but was offered credit instead of cash back was when I bought a 20,000 baht Nokia e65 phone that turned out to be just a bit too small for my fingers and I needed to return it. They were nice, and I traded it for an e70 which I’ve since sold. I was amazed that I could swap phones out since I’d had the phone for a week. Apparently there was a 14 day return policy at TeleWiz… So – ask about it if you buy a phone there. When I returned it, it was immaculate, and exactly as brand new – so they took it no questions.

What drives me nuts is when there are no prices on the items – and the store owner makes up a price they think fits the buyer. That’s a pisser. I know they’re adding 50% on top of what it should cost.

What’s funny is when you call them on it – I walked by a guy selling camouflage pants on the sidewalk. I asked how much – 1100 baht. I said, WHAT? He said, 1100 baht. I said, HUH? Tesco is selling these exact pants for 400 baht. No, no… mai chai, mai chai…

CHAI! I was just there the night BEFORE. Mai, “Mai Chai”… mee, jing-jing. Saan yaaa

He asks his friend standing there. He says, Mai chai.

I said, Kun loo! Tomai, Mai Loo? (You KNOW! Why don’t you know?)

They got quiet then, I said, really, how much if I buy this pair of pants…

1100 baht.

Holy shite, I could buy them in America for $14 (under 500 baht)! It’s like they thought they had something farangs hadn’t seen before or something!

What else is more expensive here than in the USA…? I know there was something that I almost fell on the floor over…

OH! I asked the internet cafe guy – if I print these 200 pages of my book – just words – type – how much per page?

He says, usually – 6 baht per page.

I said, but I’m printing 200 pages.

Yes, 6 baht each page. He agrees after punching it in a calculator.

I said, ‘but that’s 1200 baht.’

‘Yes.’

‘I could BUY a printer for 1100 baht and print this out for that much.’ I say, almost laughing.

Ohhh, hahahah – he laughs… ‘yes’.

I said, ‘Is there any printing shop here?’ I explained that we have Kinko’s and other major printing shops that will print in quantity for much cheaper.

He said, ‘Yes. Print shop Thailand same, 6 baht paper”.

Holy crikey.

So I still haven’t printed the book needless to say.

Oh, one more thing… the fake clothes and shoes. I like to buy quality shoes. That’s one thing I don’t skimp on. I like the Nike sport sandals in particular. I searched EVERYWHERE for them. I found every one of the places I looked sold fakes.

Do you know how I knew they were fake? Where there is supposed to be rubber on the bottom – it’s plastic. Lick your figer and rub in the bottom of the shoe – if it get’s stickier – grippier, then it’s rubber. If not – or gets worse, then it’s plastic.

There is some sports chain here – they have one in Surat Thani, Krabi, Phuket, I can’t remember the name – but they have EVERYTHING.

Every SINGLE thing in the entire store is fake. I looked at shoes, bikes, shorts, shirts, tennis racquets, backpacks, and fishing equipment – it’s all fake. Unreal. I guess it’s coming from China.

Finally in Koh Samui I stumbled upon a Nike outlet – so they said. I looked at some shoes and picked some that I couldn’t tell if they were rubber or plastic – and I haven’t fallen on my arse yet, and I guess they are real. I also bought some for my girlfriend – and they too – are in question, but they were the best we could find.

Hmm… shopping in Thailand… I’m so glad I don’t need to buy anything this week…

Any stories about your shopping adventures and what frustrated you?
Leave a comment, I’ll post it….

Thailand Online Business for Sale (ThaiPulse.com)

Online Business for Sale:

Thailand’s Travel Blog Network

If you are an expat in Thailand and you are looking for a way to make money without having to do much of anything, just update your web site every day or so this is a 39,000 baht solution (about $1300 usd) that can start earning you money right away.

This web site is geared toward building a network of writers on the site that write about all different subjects related to Thailand.

It’s an “online business” because you can do whatever you like to the pages I created… filling them with your ads for e-books, Google Adsense ads, Yahoo ads, Text to Link ads, or whatever you choose. There are many ways to monetize (add money-making capability) to your new site. What I’ve done is just add some Google Adsense ads here. I also have an affiliate membership with “Wired-Destinations.com” that provides online hotel reservations that go through my site.

There is really no end to what you could do if you chose to.

If you are undecided about a topic that you want some feedback on – write me an email or find me on chat: Google Talk: thaipulse; Yahoo messenger: Thaipulse_mirror; Skype: thaipulse

I’ll let you know what I think and how we could implement your idea into the site. I am giving away 15 free hours of programming to help you change the site any way that you wish. You can completely customize it and make it any of the following:

  • English-Thai Translation site
  • Sell your e-Book (Create a Word .DOC and then convert to PDF format. I can show you how)
  • Sell your Thai products
  • Sell your English Lesson Plans to other teachers
  • Create an online Chat Site where you are teaching English through Chat and charging cash by PayPal.
  • Create Thailand’s largest movie and photos site. Already there are 500+ photos and 100+ movies for viewing. It may already BE the largest site in Thailand with 390 pages of content.
  • Add your blog to the site and make daily updates about whatever topics you like.
  • Create reports about each city that expats usually visit.
  • Focus on Hotel Reservations
  • Focus on Thailand Maps and how to get around.
  • Focus on Hostels and Cheap Things to do in Thailand for the backpacker crowd.
  • Advertise your real estate services
  • Advertise your expat insurance services
  • Advertise your web-hosting services
  • Advertise your Search Engine Optimization Services
  • Advertise your writing skills
  • Advertise WHATEVER!

There are already more than 1200 persons per day coming to the site. If you keep adding content – like through writing blog articles a few times per week – in a year you could have something that produces good income and is working to make you money as you’re sleeping.

I think realistically you should be able to quit your teaching job in Thailand after about a year of effort to make this site, your site, something special that brings a benefit of some sort to the readers.

Let me know if you have any ideas and I’ll let you know what I think…

Vern

You want to RIDE that bike before you Buy it? Thailand’s Wacky Buy before you Try Businesses!

A year ago I looked at a car in Ubon.

A simple car, Honda Prelude like I had back in the states at one point. It was a few years old, maybe 6.

I was thinking that in the states that car, in good shape, like this one appeared to be as it sat motion-less at the dealer, would go for about 10,000 USD.

I was just looking, and had no intention of buying anything but it caught my eye since I love Hondas and I haven’t seen many Preludes in Thailand, and
I’d seen NONE in Ubon (Isaan).

I was with a Thai friend who was doing the translation for me since it was easier. My friend told me they wanted 450,000 for it. I thought – hmm, ok,
not bad. I sat inside, started it up. It sounded good. It sounded great. Everything worked. Power windows, mirrors, sunroof, antenna – everything
worked well. Interior was nice, not worn. Radio had been upgraded and the speakers sounded great.

If I was in the market for a car – I’d be considering it (so far).

We then asked to drive it. My friend said that they said no that we could not. I said, no, ask them again because he must not have understood.

He asked again and we got the same answer. We asked again. Same answer.

I didn’t get it.

Then I thought, oh well, maybe they drive it FOR me and I just sit inside and ensure that it works well.

No, we can’t drive it or drive in it.

I told my friend to tell the guy that nobody would buy a car like that. But, since then, I’ve found that Thai people DO buy a car like that!

Since then I’ve been to a Honda and Suzuki and Yamaha shop to buy motorbikes. They ALL refused to let me drive one before buying it! I was dumbfounded each time!

I went to look at a mountain bike the other day. This bike retails for 11,500 baht. This is about $300 USD. When I asked to ride it – he must have misunderstood because he said, “yes, you can”. When I took the bike into the parking lot and began riding it – the sales guy was talking to me the whole time – telling me that I cannot ride it.

I said, “WHAT? I cannot ride this bike around the parking lot before I buy it?” (I spoke in Thai)

He said, no – it will get dirty tires and then nobody will want to buy it!

HAHAHHA! I had to laugh. I could not believe what he said. Is this place for real?

Apparently it is. Either they don’t let farangs ride their motorsais, bikes, or cars, before we buy them, or this is the policy for all people. I’m guessing it’s for all of us.

I’ve asked my girlfriend and she said usually buyers can’t drive things first before buying.

It’s just one of the wacky Thai business practices that makes me shake my head and wonder how anything gets done in business here. The Thais’
have a very weird idea of running businesses. I’m amazed at how inefficiently it all goes.

I’ve written other places about how I walk into a store and find that if I buy a larger package of coffee I might actually pay MORE than I would for 2 smaller sized coffee packages! YES, I’m not joking! Their sense of business is seriously
different from the USA.

I expect things aren’t going to get better anytime soon!

Link to another article I’ve written about Thai business practices >

So buy your bike BEFORE you ride it, and don’t think about returning it because there is generally a NO RETURNS POLICY for anything in Thailand!

NO! I’m not joking…

So here I sit – carless and bikeless. I had to buy a motorbike without riding it first, so I bought a new one, thinking that it must be OK. Buying 2nd hand
is maybe not such a good idea here…

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