digital nomad – a person who travels and works remotely to perform their job or make money through the internet.
Digital Nomad Thailand
In this new digital technology age, Thailand is ranked as one of the best places in the world to work remotely from. All over Thailand computer savvy freelancers and internet entrepreneurs are working remotely on everything and anything that can generate income online.
From working with your feet up on an exotic beach in Koh Samui or Phuket, to co-working spaces in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the new dot.com boom has revolutionised the way people can work.
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The co-working concept is a shared workspace where freelance techies, artists, photographers, and online business owners – to name but a few, rent desk space, office equipment, and share internet connections and ideas. Co-working spaces are based on important values such as sharing ideas, inspiration, and resources, and are ideal for those who are tired of working alone in hotel rooms and apartments.
Believe in yourself…
Not every digital nomad is a highly trained expert in their chosen field; many are merely self-motivated entrepreneurial types who own online stores and internet based businesses or are self-taught website designers and affiliate website marketers. With free, open-source content management systems like WordPress, web design has become accessible to anybody with a basic understanding of the internet and computers.
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The first step to becoming a digital nomad is owning your own website.
You can sign up for web hosting from SiteGround – SiteGround are one of the few WordPress.org recommended hosts, and each SiteGround plan comes with a free WordPress install and domain name . With loads of WordPress tutorials on youtube you can start building your online presence today .
Another invaluable resource for budding internet entrepreneurs and recommended reading is The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss. This online sensation has become the Digital Nomad’s ‘Handbook’ and is considered essential reading for many in the digital nomad community.
The grey area…
Working remotely and making money on the internet is a bit of a grey area in Thailand and most people who do it don’t do it on a Work Visa. Work Visas aren’t issued for freelance writers and affiliate website marketers. There are ways, however, to obtain visas that don’t involve visa-runs to the border every month to renew your 30 day Thailand tourist visa. Visas that can make working remotely in Thailand a relatively hassle-free experience include: Retirement Visa, Marriage Visa, Business Visa, Education Visa, and the Non Immigrant ‘O’ Visa. Some visas are relatively easy to obtain, others are virtually impossible.
You can also apply for a ‘6 Month Multiple Entry Tourist Visa’ from your home country – obtaining a ‘6 Month Multiple Entry Tourist Visa’ will allow you to come and go in Thailand for 6 months and the visa can be extended for a further 3 months if required.
An Education Visa is another option if you’re not retired and you’ve not got any real connection to Thailand – ie. Thai family, Thai wife, Thai children, etc. Education Visas are usually issued if you enroll for a Thai language speaking course at one of the many language schools found in Thailand.
Making money on the internet in Thailand – compared to owning a bar or some other bricks-and-mortar business, is probably the best and easiest option you have of living and working in Thailand. If you want to get up and running and invest in your future then dive into unfamiliar waters and sign up for web hosting at Siteground, one of the best hosting options for WordPress websites.
‘for more on WordPress & SiteGround see my blog post here‘
Chok Dee (good luck) to all past, present, and future digital nomads…
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