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7 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job and Move to Thailand.

It's been four years, and I've almost forgotten how bad it used to be...you know...when I had a real job. It wasn't until I spoke to a few friends that are still in the 9-5 that I remembered how painful it is.
Here are seven reasons why you need to quit your job today, move to Thailand and start your own location independent business.

If you've read the 4-Hour Workweek and have traveled like I have you might already know, but seriously, read this article and turn in your 2 weeks notice.  I'll even include a sample resignation letter below to make it easier for you.





Reason 07:  You get to Sleep in....Everyday.  



I have no idea why people always refer to a normal job as a 9-5 as I've never met anyone who doesn't start work at 8am.  What people don't account for is having to wake up an hour early to get dressed and commute to work.  Some insane people with longer commutes or earlier start times wake up 6...every freaking day.

I set my alarm to wake up at 9am every morning, solely because I really enjoy the mornings and don't want to be lazy.  The funny thing is all of my clients and customers who assume I'm still in California think I'm at the office until 8pm every evening because of the time difference.  Either way, sleeping in until 9am isn't something reserved for the weekends, it's everyday.


My daily alarm, although I usually wake up naturally without it.


Reason 06: Leave the office Early.



Most days I leave the office at 4pm, but that's entirely by choice and only because my CrossFit class starts at five.  But if it's a nice day out and you ask me if I want to hang out at the pool all afternoon, or even skip work entirely, the answer is always yes.  Being your own boss means you never have to sneak out of work, schedule a phoney meeting or ask anyone permission, just go.

On other days when there's nothing to do, I don't sit around pretending to work, I just leave.  My buddy Anton once shut his laptop lid at 11am and said, "i'm done." Imagine telling your boss that.



Hanging out at the infinity pool on a wednesday afternoon.


Reason 05: No stupid Bureaucracy.  




One of the biggest time wasters in a normal job is the stupid things that middle and upper management makeup to make your job harder than it needs to be.  Having your own business means you get to make those stupid rules yourself!  Or better yet, don't.

Actually do what needs to get done, and eliminate what doesn't and automate or outsource the rest.  For me I hire a gal to answer all of my customer service phone calls, and she deals with the bureaucracy of filling out manual reports to get paid.  As the employer, I just let it do it's thing and have time to do my thang.  No mandatory meetings, reports, or bs to fill out.



My customer service gals hours.



Reason 04: Work from wherever you want.



Some people ask why I pay money to work in an office when the whole reason of escaping the 9-5 and being your own boss is so you can work from home.  Well, I hate working from home.  I actually enjoy being somewhere surrounded by friends, free coffee and productivity.  What people hate about offices isn't the actual office but being forced to be there and having someone look over your shoulder to make sure you're working.

At coworking office spaces, everyone is their own boss and no one gives a fox if you're watching funny cat videos on youtube, leaving for a 3 hour lunch or if you're actually working or not.  I've worked from coffee shops, by the pool, and even on the beach, but as far as actually getting work done, I really love the setup and environment of coworking spaces.

Best of all, no commute and no traffic!



Photo of me working poolside: Great in theory and good in photos.




Reason 03: It's a lot cheaper than you think.



The biggest reason why people think they can't make the move is fear of not having enough money or needing a job before they come.  Trust me, if you sell all of your crap and have $10,000US in savings, you can easily travel and live for a year if you do it on a budget.

I wrote a book called 12 Weeks in Thailand that explains how I quit my job, moved abroad and managed to give a pretty good life for around $600 a month.





Once you get your income going, you can give an incredible life for what you would have spent for rent alone back home.  Apartments can be had for as low as $150 a month if you want something thai style and extremely basic, or for $650 you can live in a baller suite.

If you can afford to spend $1,500 a month, you can get away with living in a nice place with maid service, eat out 21 meals a week and get a massage every other day.  At that budget you can also squeeze in an office and CrossFit membership too.


Don't let miniscule problems prevent you from doing amazing things. - 12 Week in Thailand Review


Reason 02: Work Towards Building Something.



The number one reason why I went from doing as little as humanly possible at work to actually wanting to come in everyday and be productive is simply because it matters.  When I worked in a cubicle my goal was to do as little work as possible and still get paid for it.  I also knew deep down inside what whatever work I was doing, really didn't matter in the grand scope of things. 


Now I'm creating something, even with this blog post, I'm creating something that will float around the internet and reach hundreds of thousands of people over the next five years.  It feels good to create, and it may be the sole reason why we are here on Earth.


But as far as building something, working for yourself, builds equity.  You're building passive income. You're building future income.  For me, I have my book sales and my eCommerce stores that generate income.  Everything else I do, I do because I love it.  I now have freedom. If you got paid a normal salary and decided to stop working tomorrow for whatever reason, your income would most likely stop along with it.  


Having passive income or an automated online business means that even if you're sick, on vacation, or otherwise decided to stop working, money will still come and you still own equity in a business that's actually worth something if you decide to sell it.



Check out all of my monthly income reports here
Don't strive to be lazy, don't hope to be content.  Our lives are shorter than you think and our potential is greater than you can imagine. -Johnny FD



Reason 01: Travel the World and Really Enjoy what life has to offer.



Don't settle for taking a 2 week vacation once a year.  Why would you work all year just so you can visit a place like Thailand for a few weeks when you can just live here?  It's crazy to think that even though my daily life is equivalent to other people's vacations, I still fly somewhere six times a year to take more vacations from my vacations.  


A few days ago I was scuba diving and sipping on coconuts on the island of Koh Phangan.  A few weeks ago I spent the weekend in the ruins of Thailand's old capital, Sukhothai.  A month ago I visited every place I wanted to see in Cambodia.  Why and how?  Because I could, and it was cheap. One of the best things about being based in Thailand is how easy and affordable it is to fly to another country on a mini-holiday.  Even better is that with the visa situation you're forced to leave the country every 2-3 months to extend your visa.  When I was broke, I hated it.  Now I love having an excuse to go on holiday.



Your direct flight options from Chiang Mai.  Flying out of Bangkok triples your choices.


I used to think there were 20 places I wanted to see before I died, and was perfectly content going to Europe for 2 weeks and seeing them all.  Now that idea is ridiculous to me, especially when there's no reason why I can't fly to Amsterdam, work from my laptop for a few weeks, take a train to Berlin where I would rent an apartment for a month or two and settle in.  Then take side trips down to Poland, Budapest, and Switzerland.  You can do all of this and manage your business from your laptop, I recommend a 13" Macbook Air. 


Here are photos from doing the Tough Mudder race in Lake Tahoe, diving with a Whale Shark in Koh Lanta, Jumping in front of a Mayan Ruin in Tikal, Spotting wild pygmy elephants in Borneo, Pouring my own Guinness in Ireland, to cuddling a Wallaby in Australia.  Best of all, by being your own boss, you can work from literally anywhere with an internet connection.  None of this would have been possible if I didn't decide to quit my job and start traveling the world as my own boss.



Random adventures from around the world.  Holidays from my holiday.


How to build your own business and manage it from a laptop.


There are a lot of ways you can make money while being location independent.  The easiest is do whatever you do now, but for yourself and do it from somewhere else.


Have skills?  



Try websites like Upwork.com, Freelancer.com or even Fiverr.com - Start your own consulting business or work as a freelancer.  As long as you are doing it on your own terms, who cares, it's a great first step to start traveling. 

Don't have skills?



Maybe you're a better manager than you would be worker.  Use the above websites to outsource your design, web and other duties and focus on building the actual business.  You can get into Software as a Service, Consulting, Lead Generation, Blogging, Marketing, Writing, eCommerce, Online Test Preparation or Membership Sites.

For me, I fell into writing and eCommerce and it worked.  I make more than I did back home at my normal 9-5 job, spend around half of what I used to spend and use the difference to travel and see the rest of the world.  Best of all, it's my own business, I set my own hours, and I feel like I'm really contributing to something meaningful in life instead of just trying to get by.

Sign up for a course:

Just like how you would spend time going to classes to learn a new skill like accounting, you need to invest both time and money taking classes if you want to learn a new business skill.  I am a member of Anton's Dropshipping Course where he teaches people how to start an online dropship based store from scratch.

I created a course called Earnest Affiliate which teaches the basics of affiliate marketing and making money online with a blog or a website.

Whatever course you end up taking, as there are hundreds out there, just make sure it's from someone you trust or it was recommended.



 


Ready to quit your job?



Just forward this webpage to your boss and pack your bags!  Not so cheeky?  Copy and paste this sample resignation letter to your boss, print it out on company time, tear up a bit when signing it, then pack your bags!




Sample Letter of Resignation Template

Dear [insert manager’s name], (refrain from calling your boss a bitch, cunt or whore)

I am writing to inform you that I will be resigning from [insert current position]. My last day of work will be [insert date]. (give two weeks, or if your fight is cheaper before that, f them)

I would like to thank you for having me as part of your team. (just write this even if it's untrue) I am proud to have worked for [insert company name](cough cough) and I appreciate the time and patience you have shown in training me. I have learnt a lot about [insert personal detail about something you’ve learned, even though you most likely learned nothing], and these skills will serve me well in my career.

Please acknowledge this letter of resignation and know that I will do my best to ensure that all of my projects are completed and ensure a smooth transition. I have been fortunate to have been a part of [insert company name], and I wish you every success in the future. (another lie, but hey it's okay!)


Sincerely,
[Insert your name] 

[Insert your position] (your actual title, not slave)

[Insert your new travel blog website] (so your boss can follow you and be envious of all of the cool photos you start posting up)


Want More? 


Read the story on how I quit my job and made it happen!





Warm Regards,


Johnny FD


For more ideas on how to start an online business and actual interviews with entrepreneurs who I've met traveling, listen to The Travel Like a Boss Podcast.  


It's free, it's fun and it's a great show to load up on your iPhone while you sit on your next flight to Thailand, or wherever the world may take you.


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  1. Hi Johnny
    Will you be in Bangkok next week by any chance?

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    1. Hey, nope, no plans to be in Bangkok anytime soon. Why do you ask?

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    2. I just happen to be passing through there on a 4 day stop over that is all
      cheers
      Matt

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  2. When You're in Amsterdam feel free to tweet me for tips: @remcojanssen

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    1. Thanks Remco! I'll keep you in mind when I end up in Holland.

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  3. I love this! I moved to Thailand at the very end of November 2014 and I don't regret the decision at all. I'm not my own boss yet as I teach English at a government school outside Bangkok but I'll get there one day! This is a start! Great post and awesome writing style.
    -Kayt

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    1. Hey Kayt, super glad you made the move and am loving it! Enjoy Thailand and let me know how the journey goes!

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  4. Hello, I'm super excited about reading your post and would love to converse with you through email if possible. Could I send you an email? I have tons of questions. My husband and I are looking to move overseas and Thailand is most high on the radar. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you in advance. ~Jen

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    1. Hey Jenahcyia, glad you enjoyed the post. If you haven't already read www.12WeeksinThailand.com and let me know if you have any more questions after that.

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  5. Any ideas on how to do this with two kids and a wife.. :)

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    1. Take them with you. =) There are plenty of families with young kids living in Chiang Mai and the rest of Thailand.

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    2. have been researching moving to Thailand for sometime now and a couple days ago found out I am pregnant. I thought all hope was lost to travel and happiness, but your article has given me new hope, I have an Etsy business that does very well, I just have been trying to figure out how to make everything work, I will be ordering your books! Thank you xoxo

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    3. Hey congrats on finding out you're pregnant! I'm glad to hear your Etsy business is doing so well! Enjoy the books and let me know when you make it out to Thailand!

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  6. Moving to Thailand is a great idea. I can`t imagine how I am going to do it but it sounds tempting. Love your article! I love waking up at 9.00 am, too :). Thank you for sharing your article. I hope more people are like you... entrepreneurs. Greetings :)

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    1. Hey Tabitha, glad you liked the write up! Happy to share!

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  7. Hey johnny. You are living the exact life that I want to live! I want to live and train kickboxing in Thailand and then return to the states and compete in mma afterwards. I know, crazy lol but I am trying to get into affiliate marketing. Do you know about wealthy affiliate by any chance? If so, have you had a positive experience with it?
    Any who i'm giving myself two years to invest in creating an online business that will give me the freedom to travel they way you do. Thanks for the inspiration

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    1. Hey that's crazy how much our lives have aligned. If you haven't read my first book 12 Weeks in Thailand yet, you'll love it as it talks a lot about the journey and Muay Thai.

      I haven't met anyone who's been successful with Wealthy Affiliate so I can't recommend them, but glad you are starting to look into creating a business!

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    1. Yup there's an abundance of that too. I wrote about it in detail in my first book 12 Weeks in Thailand (www.12WeeksinThailand.com)

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  9. Apartment is crap, but I get your point ;)

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  10. Johnny - who on earth is the girl on the left in the first picture? I think I'm in love! haha :)

    Kev

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    1. She's reason #8 to come to Thailand. =)

      I actually met her at the Full Moon Party, if you haven't read my first book yet, you'll love it, www.12WeeksinThailand.com

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  11. Whoa, just got hooked on site and of course I have not read the book but I will.
    I have a desire to spend some time with a family where I worked for room and board. My goal is to get away from my culture, faith, religion and try to completely different conditions to find themselves. Thailand tourist visited only a few times. What do you think about that my idea?

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    1. Hey I think that's a great idea! Just do it! After you read 12 Weeks in Thailand you'll get a better understanding of how I overcame the fears of starting.

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  12. Hi johhny can u email me I in proper need of advice. I'm soent a year in thailand in last 3 I been with my gf 2 years now. She a great cook I planning to move there in April next year as we are expecting are first child. I could do with some advice. I'm a plasterer in england but can't do in thailand I unaware of cause they don't do. But she a great cook really good could u email me on j0nbutl3rz@gmail.com or add me Facebook john Thedon butler thank u really need some advice

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    1. Hey John, you can just ask me here in the comments. =) As for her working as a cook in Thailand, she won't be able to do that legally as it's a job that local Thai people can do.

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  13. Hi! I'm not sure if this blog is still active but I am very intereested in moving to Thailand in 8 to 10 months, by that time I will have 15k usd saved and as a 28 year old the world will be my oyster! You article is awesome, aND automating my income has caught my attention ! Please let me know what steps I should take while I'm back in the states so I can ball out without burning through my 15k. I'm expecting to go into he tech industry as I'm a recruiter for software engineers in the Silicon valley presently

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    1. Also. In the 8 to 10 months as u prepare to uproot my life would you recommend learning Thai or is that completely unnecessary over there?

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    2. Hey Robert, I would read the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and do the Automation portion of the book. Then read 12 Weeks in Thailand which exlains how to budget and save money while living in Thailand. =) Enjoy your trip! Don't worry about learning Thai. You can decide if you want to learn once you get there, but you can definitely get away without it.

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    3. I am hearing horror stories of random drug tests/shake downs of farang, but they are from a year ago, is it still that bad? Are bribes something I am going to have to get used to? I am not dirty, however piss tests are false positive 10% of the time. Am I just overanalyzing? Do you get shaken down ever?

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    4. I've never heard of it in Chiang Mai. Maybe only shady places in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.

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  14. What is the best part of Chiang Mai to live in? I have a budget of about $1700, need a fast internet connection and a way to take calls. 50 yrs old, great shape, planning on taking Muy Thai and sightseeing.

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    1. The best part of Chiang Mai is the Nimmanhaemin Area but if you want to focus on Muay Thai, there aren't any gyms close by to it. Here's more info: www.johnnyfd.com/2015/07/johnnys-guide-to-chiang-mai-thailand.html - See more at: http://www.johnnyfd.com/2014/01/7-reasons-why-you-should-quit-your-job.html?showComment=1451436073419#c1061301578290810383

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    1. Glad you enjoy it Jacob! Now go out and live yours as well!

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  16. Hey Johnny, finding your site, just sealed the deal! I just spend 3 weeks in Thailand and I have been fighting daily to move for good. I thought I had to get a job there first, but I already have income onlline and I can teach english if push came to shove. How do I get a visa long term with online business?

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  17. I'm logged in as Jade G. Not sure why it says unknown not trying to hide my name or post :) Hope to hear from you really soon Jgold18kt@gmail.com

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    1. Hey Jade! Not sure why your name isn't showing up but congrats on committing to the move! You can definitely get a teaching visa once you get here and start working for a school if that's something you want to do.

      But if you're just working online there's no visa for that yet. Enjoy your trip! I'd recommend getting the 6 month tourist visa before you come: www.johnnyfd.com/2016/01/6-month-multiple-entry-thai-visa.html

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  18. Hi Johnny, I have been reading your blog for a few days and I love how you share your experiences in a personal and relatable manner. Do you know are there gyms over there which hire personal trainers/strength & conditioning coaches? And how do they pay in general?

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    1. Hey Carl, glad you enjoy the blog! If you're not Thai the only gym you can work at is Chiang Mai Crossfit.

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  19. Hi, my wife and I really enjoyed your article and are ordering your book. We are talking about moving to Thailand and teaching English. Is this practical and could we live well off of the salary?

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    1. Hey Freddy, i'm glad you enjoyed the write up and I hope you enjoy my books. You should definitely make the move. You two can live a decent life in Thailand on your teaching salary but won't be able to save.

      Here are some other ways to earn money aside from teaching: www.johnnyfd.com/2016/05/broke-heres-how-to-start-making-money.html

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  20. hi, interesting article !! But where would you live in the world, if you could earn a living and chose your place considering your future kids? Australia? California? Vietnam? Japan? Thailand? I am in my mid 30, well-educated, working for a blue chip right now, but also started my online business about training. trading and consulting. I am SERIOUSLY thinking about the best place to live in this world, as an online entrepreneur, and raise a family: I want fast internet, sun, food, nice people, not too high taxes, safety and good looking ladies. Any suggestions?

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    1. You're overthinking it, pack a bag and see for yourself. =)

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  21. Johnny,

    Amazing read! You have found it my man! I am an account executive(sales rep) for a company that has upper and middle management drill me with useless cyoa tactics that waste about 60-70% of my time that could be better utilized generating revenue. I have to do this. I just happen to be in a situation in life where it makes practical sense and I've been in love with Thailand since I was in Phuket 6 years ago. Is there any chance that I could contact you somehow??? Thanks ahead!

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    1. Hey James, if it's a quick question ask me here on on facebook.com/johnnyfdk if it's more complex, sign up for a phone coaching session: http://www.johnnyfd.com/2014/03/phone-coaching-now-avaliable.html

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  22. Jonny I just purchased your book "12 weeks in Thailand" on Amazon, can't wait till I received it and start reading it. Planing on visiting Thailand in the end of February.

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    1. Hey awesome! I hope you enjoy the book! Make sure you leave a review of it on Amazon if you do! Have fun out in Thailand!

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  23. This is what I am thinking about recently. Thailand seems to be a great base to see other countries in the South-Eastern Asia, plus it's incredibly cheap. i'm working online full time and living in a country with lower costs of living would be a perfect solution! But picking up new skills also sounds like an interesting option - let's see.
    Thanks for sharng your post!

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