I was backpacking SE Asia for about two months while running my businesses from coffee shops and working about two hours per day. I was just maintaining what I already have in place and spending my free time taking in the culture. I went trekking, learned to scuba dive and explored the islands.
My plan was to spend 3 months here and then fly back to NY but once I found Chiang Mai (in northern Thailand) I decided I'm extending my trip for 3 more months and staying out here until the holidays.
This place is PERFECT for internet markers.
What's so great about it?
- Fast Internet
- Great Weather
- Amazing Food
- Nice People
- Gorgeous Scenery
- Great Culture
- HUGE "lifestyle business owner" Community
- Low Cost of Living
The main reason I decided to stay here longer is because there is a great coworking space that you can pay a monthly fee to have 24 hour access to. At any given time during the day there are 20+ internet marketers from around the world in there working on things from software programming, to mobile app development, to building eCommerce stores, to podcasting, etc, etc, etc. Everyone works on their own startups but if anyone ever has a question about something they are working on there is usually someone else here who can and will help. Just yesterday I got about an hour worth of free consulting from an Adwords expert who manages accounts for HUGE clients.
Besides the networking and connections with other like minded business owners I've got to say I'm really starting to love this low cost of living.. especially when coming from NY! I'm basically living the same lifestyle I did back home (granted, I'm driving a motorbike instead of my Audi ) but I'm spending soooo much less. If you're just getting stating with on online business and looking to keep expenses low or if you're already killing it and just want to bank some extra cash this is the place to do it.
Here's a breakdown of my expenses:
$400/Month Rent - I live in the nicest condo that I could find in the nicest building that I could find. I'm on the 11th floor overlooking the city with a great view of the mountains. Everything in here is high end and modern. I have a huge balcony. My building has 2 pools (including one on the roof), 2 restaurants, laundry service, room service, a gym, sauna, steam room... just about everything you could want. (if you wanted to a look for a cheap place there are plenty for around $150/month)
$115/Month Membership to Coworking Space - 24 hour access to a coworking space with the use a private conference room, free coffee, and the ability to network with like minded internet entrepreneurs from all over the world.
$80/Month Crossfit Membership - If you want your mind to perform at a top level your body has to as well. I work out 5 days/week at Crossfit Chaing Mai for $80 month and it's equivalent to having a personal trainer everyday!
$80/Month Motorbike Rental - You can rent a car here if you want but no one does. Everywhere you want to go is 5 - 15 minutes away. Motorbikes are efficient and the weather is amazing enough to always ride them.
$700/Month for Food & Entertainment - and I'm eating steaks at 5 star restaurants a couple nights each week. If you wanted to eat a local Thai places you could easily get by spending $300 or less per month on food.
So if anyone has been here, is here, or is planning on coming here I'd love to talk.
If anyone has any questions about internet marketing here in Thailand just ask.