However, if you're even making $800US online, even if it's by offering services, you need to buy a plane ticket out to Thailand ASAP. $800 US is a comfortable wage here...
You'll find that you can work a lot less, enjoy life a lot more and still save money if you earn in a strong currency.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm in this game so that I can actually ENJOY my life, hang out with cute chicks, drink some beer, play guitar, chill on the beach, train jiu jitsu and whatever else floats YOUR boat.
In the "west", you have to earn a disproportionate income to live like a human being. But if you can leverage your currency, you'll find that life has a lot more to offer than just 24/7 hustle.
Just to put it in perspective, I was in Miami Beach prior to coming out to Thailand and I paid $1200 US for an apartment, probably $600 for food a month, and some other random expenses. I basically broke even each month, spending about $3000/mo.
Here's I'm spending about $800/mo, work less, go on day trips to interesting places, hang out more with cool people and travelers and generally work to live rather than live to work.
This isn't a "look at me and how cool I am because I'm in Asia" thread. It's a "look at YOU, wouldn't you rather be living a nice lifestyle for a lot less" thread.
Any questions? Will be happy to answer. Peace -Vic