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Scaling Your Online Business Using Virtual Assistants From The Philippines

What’s up guys! It’ been awhile since I’ve posted since I’m currently here in Davao City, Philippines meeting with my workers and getting things running. Now, I’ve stated in a recent post that the Philippines is a great place to hire Virtual Assistants.  As you continues to gain more connection and as your business grows, you’re going to need more people to make sure the business grows as it should be.

Being a solopreneur might just be the most liberating experience in your life.  Especially when you’re starting to make money and be able to support your own lifestyle. You’re finally your own boss!  But once you start to scale your business, problems will arise. One, in particular, is how to make sure all parts of your business are expanding well. So what should you do? Hire Virtual Assistants! When it comes to hiring employees, I personally think that the Philippines is a great place.  Actually, all my current none development talent is based in Davo.

 

One of the reasons why I’m setting up an office here in Davao is to build more relationships that can help me in the future as the business continues to scale. I’m planning to go to Davao on a regular basis to continues to meet with my employees and continue to expand my business network. You see, Davao is such a great city! It’s clean and a relatively safe place to live in. I can basically walk around at the 3 AM without the worry of getting mugged. Staying here is also quite cheap, with Air BNB you can stay in the room for about $20 a night, you can go cheaper and higher, but it all depends on your preference.

 

Davao is an ideal city to start hire  VAs, there a lot of online options, but I personally prefer meeting them in person.  A 1-on-1 relationship with your VA builds a level of trust between yourselves that is essential to building a successful business. Virtual Assistants will help you achieve the potential of your business to its fullest. As you grow, hiring Vas and setting up offices in the Philippines is a great way to scale.

 

For those working on scaling their E-Commerce store, Davao is a great location to set up an office. If you’re looking for Virtual Assistant (VA) you can reach out to me on my YouTube channel or my email account at [email protected] or you can just leave a comment below. I know a lot of people here who can help you find trustworthy employees. With the right VA, your business is sure to grow leaps and bounds.

 

So, if ever you’re needing help or have any questions regarding VAs here in the Philippines feel free to contact me!

Spotlight: Top Gyms in Chiang Mai Thailand

Best Gyms in Chiang Mai Thailand

Sometimes while moving to a new country, it is very easy to lose track of your daily schedule and give fitness a break. While this might be fine if you are on a short trip; on a relatively longer move, it could be quite damaging to your overall health and well-being. Especially in a place like Chiang Mai with a wide array of bars, pubs, roadside joints dishing out delicacies, basic fitness regime is an absolute necessity if you want to keep in shape and remain healthy. It is exactly, for this reason, I have created this compelling list of some of the best-known gyms in Chiang Mai which have a healthy ambiance, clean equipment, regularly maintained and a strong line of clientele.

  1. Go Gym Fitness Center: Established in 2014, this gym has gained popularity mainly because of the strategic location, just off the Super Highway as well as the world-class facilities that are available. Technically it is a huge open shed that houses a wide range of machines and workout options. Members can also incorporate kickboxing training and many other fitness events that are conducted regularly in the gym premises. Several well-known bodybuilders and fitness experts are seen working out here and can be quite an inspirational outpost for a fitness buff. Easy availability of many protein based snacks and healthy traveling food carts right outside the gym is an added advantage.  This is my personal gym!

The rates for the services start from as low as 60 baht per usage to 5900 baht for the entire year. The rate for a 6-month membership is around 3500 baht while monthly charges are around 900 baht per month. Some out of the box and interesting fitness options like hoops and silk facilities along with aerobic classes is a major attraction at this gym.

  1. Powerhouse Gym: A relatively fancier option than most common and popular gyms across Chiang Mai, the focus here is primarily on Aerobics, kickboxing, Power weight and the like. However, members can also take advantage of the various cardio machines and free weights available at this gym. The on-site sauna is a big hit and major attraction for many who avail the facilities It is situated on Nimmanhaemin Road, the hub and favorite hangout destination for most youngsters and teenagers. Day long memberships cost about 400 THB while membership for a year would be in the range of 9500-13500 THB.
  2.  Strong Gym: This is located at the Huay Kaew Road and is more than 6 years old. Recently it was renamed Strong Gym after a makeover of what was earlier Kawee Power Zone. It is a highly affordable and easily a satisfactory option especially if you do not want to spend a huge amount of money for your gym expenses in Chiang Mai. Exercising and workout machine options range from treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical trainers to even swimming pool facility option available on a paid basis. Members can even opt for their own personal trainers if they so wish to. The daily charges are 70 THB while yearly rate would be 5500 THB. Interested fitness buffs who might not be very regular can also opt for 350 THB coupon that facilitates 10 visits in 20 days.
  3. Harris Gym & Fitness Centre: In fact, the Strong Gym uses the same swimming pool that is in the Lotus Hotel where the Harris Gym is located. It is also close to the Powerhouse Gym. I want to emphasize here is that a large number of gyms in proximity ensures that most of these are well maintained and competitively priced for fear of losing out clientele. However, this is a relatively high-end gym with English speaking staff and a wide range of workout alternatives. The daily charges are around 200 THB while yearly rates with a pool facility are 13000 THB. There are lucrative monthly and six monthly rates as well. Jazz, Yoga, Hip hop and aerobic classes along with the regular cardio workouts and free weights continue to be the highlig ht of this gym and continue to attract a large number of clients on a regular basis. There is no pressure on fitness enthusiasts to sign up for long-term or promotional deals.
  4. Chiang Mai 700-Years Stadium: A multi-purpose sporting complex, this place is located near the Convention center in Chiang Mai. Strategically positioned next to Huay Tung Tao Lake, this continues to be a great place to workout and exercise. Built for professionals, it has world class running tracks, a 50-meter long pool, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and a big favorite amongst locals and long-term expats. The entry fee starts from a nominal 60 THB and offers great value for money option for serious fitness enthusiasts looking to workout at suitable and affordable fitness centers.
  5. Huay Tung Tao Lake: The lake close to the 700-years Stadium is a great fitness center in itself. It is free for tourists, and they run along the paved roads around the lake. The more adventurous and athletic types can even go for treks along the route. And take advantage of the beautiful natural beauty not just to relax but ensure one’s good health as well.
  6. Nong Bua Park: Another free to use a natural resource, tourists and locals use this facility for various workout options. It provides several options like bikes, steppers, cross-trainers. There is also a basketball and volleyball court for the sporting enthusiasts. The 500-meter running track is an added advantage.

 

Complete Top Guide to Visa Options For Chiang Mai Thailand

I have now been in Thailand for just under 3 weeks. After traveling to Bangkok and Chiang Mai I have to say that Chiang Mai is my favorite city so far. The hard part about staying here is the limited time I am allowed to be in the country. I currently can only travel here for about 30 days at a time. Now if you are planning to come to Thailand what options do you have to stay a longer duration? What are the options available for you? Well, the good news is there are several other visa options available for tourists who are planning on a relatively longer trip anywhere in Thailand and especially in Chiang Mai. Here is a quick run through on the various options:

The Basic Visa Requirement

There is no visa required before or on arrival for US citizens. Without visa, any US citizen is allowed to stay for 30 days if they arrive by flight and 15 days if they arrive by land. This stay can be extended further twice first by a month and then again by a week. For a stay that is longer than that US citizens can apply for a tourist visa that enables 60-day stay and this can be extended twice both times for a month each. So in all with basic formality, one can easily plan for a 4-month stay. However of your idea extends beyond the stipulated period and you are targeting significantly long-term period, there are some other options as well. It goes without saying that they need a certain amount of paperwork and documentation to establish authenticity and overall credibility of a person choosing to spend a longer period on the Thai soil.

There are many types of long-term visa that one could look at applying depending on nature and need for one’s stay in Thailand. This will not just allow foreigners to stay on Thai soil legally but even apply for work permit if the need arises.

Retirement Visa

This is particularly relevant for those above 50 years and close to the retirement time. If one has sufficient retirement funds and are keen to take a longish break, they can easily come to Thailand on a 90-day NonImmigrant Visa. This type of visa can be then extended to one year. All you need to do is go to the Thai Immigration Office and meet the following requirement:

In the country following the satisfaction of the below requirements:

  • Applicant needs to 50 years of age or more than that
  • Must meet the fund requirement as specified by the officials
  • Must have a Thai bank account and deposit 800,000 THB there
  • The money needs to be there in the account at least 2 months before applying for retirement visa and in all should be in the account for 3 months or more when applying for an extension of this retirement visa.
  • Applicant must have a monthly pension of THB 65,000 and it is mandatory to show proof of this income when they apply for the retirement visa.
  • The above mentioned financial requirements can be also met up in various combinations. For example, if your monthly pension amount or the money you earn is around 500,000 on an annual basis and you have savings of 300,000 THB, you can use this combination to satisfy the visa authorities for the total THB 800,000 requirement.

 

Business Visa

This is most relevant for those keen about conducting business in Thailand or are keen about expanding their presence in the Thai soil. This visa also entails a valid work permit that will enable you to work efficiently and absolutely legally without any worry. In case you are already working for a Thai company normally, your employer will take care of this and process the required information for visa work. In case you have plans to make a company or establish a new business in Thailand your visa will be processed through the documentation required for your company.

 

In this way, you will not just be able to work and live in Thailand peacefully but also won’t face any kind of impediment towards further enhancing your work and success.

Education Visa

As the name indicates this visa is applicable for those wanting to pursue higher studies in Thailand. Whether you are targeting a Government establishment or international organization or even language schools, you can organize your stay through this kind of visa. Normally the school that you apply for studies will handle the processing for you and provide the required documents as a part of the admission formalities. The validity of the visa will be variable depending on the specific course and institution you might have enrolled for. While applying for the courses students should, therefore, be careful about the program they choose and the kind of impact and bearing it would have on the overall stay formalities.

Marriage Visa

This is an eventuality for many foreigners who end up staying for an extended period in Thailand. If your spouse is Thai and you wish to stay with them you can apply for this visa once you meet the requirements outlined by the Visa authorities:

  • You should be legally married to a Thai national
  • Satisfy the financial requirements as decided by the visa authorities
  • Open a Thai bank account and deposit THB 400,000 there.
  • Must furnish proof of monthly income of THB 40,000

In case you are already in Thailand and working there, your marriage visa will also facilitate the procurement of your work permit.

Conclusion

Apart from these you also have the option of applying for Non-immigrant O Visa or another visa. This is relevant for dependants of those applicants choosing to apply for retirement or business visa. Select Thai consulates also provide 1-year visa with multiple entry options to visit your friend who might be stationed in Thailand. Though the paperwork is not very tiring, visa applicants must ensure that they report their address to the nearest Immigration office every 90 days. Also be careful if your long-term visa is a single entry one. In that case, you need to apply for re-entry permits if you travel in between.

Spotlight: Finding a Beautiful Apartment in Chiang Mai Thailand

Apartment Hunting Chiang Mai ThailandOn October 19th I took a step that I have been working on for well over six months now. I moved away from New York and Boston and relocated to Chiang Mai Thailand. The amount of thoughts that went through my head when I was planning this trip was undesirable. I was excited, nervous, scared, pumped, emotional and antsy. I had been dreaming about taking the step to finally be 100% focused on my businesses for years but had never taken the necessary action needed to achieve full independence. You see when I was 16 years old a few friends, and I started an online private video game server because we believe there was a gap in the private server market for this one game we were playing. We thought the other servers were unfair and the players on those servers would be willing to switch “products” if we changed a few elements about our server. That was my first entrepreneurial experience, and it made me over 10k in 3 months before we shut it down because we were 16 and could not figure out how to run a business! After that, I was hooked on creating, building and pushing new products that I could call my own. “Unfortunately” after three years and a bachelor degree later I jumped into Corporate America where I spend the next six years. Now don’t get me wrong it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I would not reverse time, but I do believe I stayed around for a little too long.

Fast forward to today and I am back in the mindset that I had when I was 16 years old building my first private gaming server with friends. 100% focused on what’s to come and building products and businesses.

With this transition, Chiang Mai Thailand was the perfect option to start that journey again. The city is beautiful, there are great apartments to rent throughout the city, living expenses are low, transportation is easy, and there are plenty of coworking spaces throughout the city. I have only been here for one full day, but I have already found the apartment that I am going to live in(Luxary Huay Kuaw), The coworking space I will work in(Punspace) and the bike I will use for transportation.

If you are looking for an apartment in Chiang Mai here are some others that I explored.

My Home – Luxary Huay Kuaw – 14,000 – 18,000 Baht https://goo.gl/maps/fs58qU8gFR82
Pansook Urban Condos – 12,000-16,000 Baht – https://goo.gl/maps/azxG4WdCPTy
The Doom – 14,000 – 16,000 Baht – https://goo.gl/maps/JBjyn2CGZB22
P.T Residence – 9,000-11,000 Baht – https://goo.gl/maps/DwKRi6TsBf82
Sakul Chai – 15,000 Baht – https://goo.gl/maps/tXxRUBAiwSC2
Pansook Quality Apartments – 12,000 – 16,000 Baht – https://goo.gl/maps/HJe4d1qAAis
Chai Mansion – 10,000 – 17,000 Baht – https://goo.gl/maps/B4h2tsESXr42
Huay Kuaw Residence – 4,500 – 15,000 Baht – https://goo.gl/maps/5rvWPGtof6q

Finding an apartment in Chiang Mai Thailand is incredibly easy. I will be putting together a full guide over the next few weeks to walk you through the steps you need to take and where to find apartments.

I am excited to start this journey and will continue to write and post about it over the next few months.