Earning money in Thailand--HA!
While MANY move (retire) to Pattaya, Thailand with the idea of finding a 'job',
most are VERY, VERY disappointed.
First, their are A LOT of skilled Thai citizens. While you may have various skills
and certifications from your home country, many Thais may be equally qualified. And be willing to work for 1/4
of what you will!
Next, to work 'legally' in Thailand you must posess an employer
specific work-permit. NOT easy to obtain unless you have a VERY unique skill or qualification
that most Thais do not.
Third, the number of companies 'hiring' Westerners in Pattaya is actually VERY
small. You won't see many legitimate 'help-wanted' ads in the Pattaya Mail. Most are probably a scam to entice
you into investing in a 'can't lose' proposition. Caveat emptor!
So, How can you earn money in Pattaya?
Here's a few ideas:
1-Teach English. This is THE most common way for expats around Thailand
to make money. But it's NOT much--probably around $600USD per month.
2-Own a bar. This, too, is common. But as I mentioned in the 'Money' section of
this site, you're MUCH, MUCH more likely to lose money then make money.
3-Import-export. NOT the easiest but doable. If you can find a UNIQUE, locally
produced product, this has potential. Type the word 'Thailand' into Ebay and you'll see many guys doing this right now.
4-Writer, artist, currency trader etc. This is the IDEAL profession
for the Pattaya resident. Something with the following characteristics:
A) Can operate from geographically anywhere.
B) Requires ZERO employees.
C) Needs NO equipment, except, maybe
D) No governmental permits required.
If you don't have a GUARANTEED income to AT LEAST cover your
basic needs--food, shelter, necessities, etc., then consider NOT moving to Pattaya, yet!
Thailand is NOT a happy place for Westerners with NO money. Unfortunately
too many guys end up broke here--which ultimately causes their demise.
DON'T LET THIS BE YOU!