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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 Top 10 Pro’s and Con’s of Starting a Dropshipping Business

I have been dropshipping for a while now and there are some key Benefits and Risks of setting up a dropshipping business.  The opportunity it provides for anyone that is looking to have more freedom and flexibility is incredible.  I never thought I would have this much flexibility as a business owner and traveler.  At the same time, the amount of challenges that I have had to overcome is hard to quantify.  At the end of the day I would recommend setting up a dropshipping store to anyone looking to start a passive income stream online but want to call out both the positives and negatives in this post!Top 10 Pros and Cons to Dropshipping

Pros of Dropshipping

  1. Reduced upfront costs

Generally, there are huge upfront costs involved in starting a retailing business since you have to invest in inventory, warehouses or stores where you will be keeping your products and labor force among other things. You can greatly reduce your opening capital by choosing to partner with a drop shipper who will be bearing such costs on your behalf.

  1. Easy to start

Starting a traditional retaining business is pretty challenging since you have to make some considerations like sourcing for products, delivering them to your stores, packing, tracking inventory and shipment among other things. Drop shipping eliminates such inconveniences, and you can comfortably start operations by simply having a small office and a laptop with internet access.

  1. Reduced running costs

You will be enjoying low overhead costs when relying on a drop shipper compared to running your own stores and fulfilling orders yourself. This is a case where you will be avoiding expenses like renting a warehouse, paying staff salaries, packaging and shipping costs among others. You should greatly consider this model if you were dealing with bulk products since these will definitely cost you more in terms of receiving, storing and shipping out to consumers.

  1. Convenience

Choosing to go with drop shipping in e-commerce will assure you of great convenience where you can easily grow your business even with limited resources. You will be leaving the wholesaler or manufacturer to handle all the packaging, storage and even delivering the received orders. You will only be actively participating in receiving orders and forwarding them to your drop shipper. This will be leaving you with enough time to handle even other businesses.

  1. Flexibility and efficiency

You will be enjoying the flexibility of running your business from any place since this can be as simple as having a laptop with reliable internet connection. This means that you can comfortably work from home or even when taking a vacation. With so much time on your side, you can concentrate on increasing efficiency by focusing on ways of improving customer relations, marketing strategies and operations among other things.

Cons of Dropshipping

  1. Smaller margins

Setting up an e-commerce business that relies on drop shipping is pretty easy and this is a situation that creates huge competition for fast moving products. The retailers are therefore left to adjust their pricing and some of them even go to very low levels since they only invested some small amounts. This leads to very small profit margins. The best way to stand out is to find better ways of offering value to consumers instead of relying on lower prices.

  1. Inventory problems

When stocking your own products, it is pretty easy to keep track of your inventory where you can easily know what is available and have more supplies delivered for what is out of stock. This is pretty hard in a drop shipping model since you can’t really tell when some products are out of stock in manufacturers’ or wholesalers’ warehouses. You can limit such inconveniences by relying on multiple suppliers.

  1. Issues with consumer satisfaction

Having the orders you receive fulfilled by a third party can be quite a challenge and there are usually high chances of consumers receiving the wrong products, damaged items or experiencing delays in shipping among other inconveniences that can weigh heavily on your reputation. They will then be blaming you for such errors instead of the supplier, and they will be expecting you to sort out the existing problems.

  1. Limited selection

There are numerous manufacturers or suppliers who do not offer drop shipping as a service, and this may greatly limit the choices available to your customers on some products. This is a situation that can affect the growth of your e-commerce business due to low consumer satisfaction. To avoid such a scenario, you should first take the time to understand the niche that you are planning to invest in and how distribution is handled by the manufacturers or other authorized distributors.

  1. Unforeseen costs

There are additional costs that you may be required to handle when operating your business and these may further reduce your already low-profit margins. Some of these may result from compensation for wrong deliveries and damaged products among other things. You will also be missing on some incentives extended to retailers by manufacturers including bonuses, discounts, and marketing/ advertising incentives.

Succeeding in drop shipping

Currently, the field of e-commerce is highly competitive, and you should be a bit innovative for your business to succeed. Instead of competing on pricing, you should focus on other ways of adding value and gaining customer confidence. You should have in-depth knowledge of the products that you are selling, and you should come up with ways of developing strong customer service among other things.

If you are just starting your online business, you may be tempted to go with “top sellers” but this will just make it hard to establish yourself. You should, instead, look for a niche that is not very competitive and then develop strategies that will open up your business. Trying new products should be pretty easy and less risky since you will not be holding any inventory. This will be a great move in increasing the number of products in your catalog.

The other important thing that you should be concerned with is making consumers aware that your business is in operation. This is where you should consider investing in practices that will make your website more visible in the search engines. You should consider hiring a Search Engine Optimization expert, investing in online marketing strategies and providing quality content that relates to your business and the products that you are selling.

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7 Top Reasons You Should Be Selling on Amazon FBA

Amazon FBA

Amazon FBA

As a buyer on Amazon, I am sure you would have often noticed many products touting the “Fulfilled By Amazon” tag and many times that has formed a basis of why you chose a specific product over another. But why exactly do seller choose to take this paid service and how can this help them increase the total number of buyers and expand the market reach for them?

Well as the Amazon tagline for FBA says, “you sell it we ship it”. This ‘Fulfilled By Amazon’ feature is one of the best and most advanced forms of fulfillment benefit program created by one of the world’s biggest and best online retailers. Sellers are increasingly embracing it not just because it ensures all your shipping hassles are taken care of but also the fact that this is one of those benefit programs which result in a direct increase in overall sales coupled with creating a better stamp of credibility and good will for your product.

So when you choose to sell your product on Amazon one simple way to boost the overall numbers or units of products you sell along with getting the best mileage and exposure for your brand is by using FBA.

Here is a quick lowdown on some of the most pronounced benefits of the FBA service offered by Amazon for an average seller keen to reach a vibrant marketplace.

  • Mark Of Trust: This is particularly important for you if you are a relatively new name in the marketplace you are targeting. The FBA tag instantly creates a brand of credibility and trust for your product and convinces buyers about the overall product quality and brand name. Even if the buyers are not particularly aware of the seller’s credential, the fact that it is covered by FBA or Fulfilled By Amazon means that buyers can depend on the reliability and overall quality of the name they are about to put their money in.
  • Shipping Cared For: This is perhaps one of the greatest advantages of the FBA benefits. For the little membership fee every month, all the seller’s shipping and handling worries are taken care of. As a seller, you do not have to deal with the problems and troubles of the several custom regulation and shipping protocol and your responsibility pretty much ends with taking the product to the Amazon warehouse.
  • No Warehouse Requirements: This is another big advantage particularly useful if you are a new brand and do not have a huge resource base to fall back on. Handling the warehouse and maintaining it are both time consuming and expensive. For many new players in the market, this often becomes a major challenge and a key expense that they have to account for. By registering for FBA not only do they bid adieu to their shipping problems but also create a permanent solution to handle their storage issues. With the FBA backing, they can pretty much handle business with no warehouse expense whatsoever. Sellers with the FBA tag can just go and drop their products at the Amazon warehouse.
  • Special Feature Listing: Moreover once the handling, storage, and transport are handled by Amazon, it gives your product a prime listing as well as makes it eligible for free 2-day delivery or even 1-day delivery. It is needless to mention that this is yet another primary advantage that can catapult sales. On Amazon especially you have a long line of last minute buyers trying to get the best and most last minute and once your product gets eligible for this feature it can only mean a relatively higher number of product sale with bigger returns and profit margins.

Plus this feature ensures free listing on other relevant marketplaces as per the type of product you sell. This means that with one simple listing you are able to reach out a relatively larger number of buyers not just in your home marketplace but also many foreign marketplaces where there could be demand for the specific type of goods that you might be peddling in.

  • Save Time: The FBA also ensures that as a seller, you save a lot of time and can use your entire resource base towards improving your product quality and creating better value for money deals for the customers. This, in simple terms, means that as a seller, you have a third party taking care of your shipping, storage, and handling responsibilities and work out the regulatory requirements. You save both time and money, and in many ways, this frees up a lot of available time for you as a seller and enables you to devise ways that can help scale up the business for you and in many cases even expand the product range.
  • Streamlining Operations: Another key advantage of using this service is FBA ensures a single source for your inventory and help streamline the operation channel for you. In other ways, it easily simplifies the business module and operational complicated for the sellers and opens up fresh avenues for larger and better business prospects. Streamlining operations also minimizes wastage, and this ensures further profit and better return margins. The lower input cost also means that you are able to sell your product at a relatively better-discounted rate as compared to peers and thereby gaining more traction in terms of sales.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, therefore, the Amazon FBA benefits sellers in a multi-pronged manner by not just ensuring a larger clientele but also helping them create a better and lasting reputation for their products. In exchange of a nominal fee, sellers get to use specialized features like

  • Better sales
  • Higher margins
  • More competitive pricing
  • Wider clientele
  • Minimum expense in terms of warehouse
  • Zero storage worries

Therefore, the FBA is an easy way to boost the quantity and quality of returns and sales margin that you can target achieving on the e-commerce platform. So now you can sell without a worry and 100% reliability.

Spotlight: 11 Great Ways to Make Passive Income Online

Great ways to make massive income online

My Goal: Passive income – which is another word to explain a steady stream of monthly fund inflow which does not need a lot of hard work for maintaining it but surely requires sharp strategy and in-depth thinking in original initiation and creation of the base approach and product. A passive income online to complement what you get from your full-time job goes a long way in boosting your financial health. Taking the steps to build these passive income sources will bring you the ability to explore your passions build a lifestyle that you enjoy and ultimately drive freedom for yourself.

Freelancing

Freelancing provides a lot of benefits- you can work at the comfort of your home, less stress and you can spend more time with your loved ones. There are many websites that provide work for web designers, IT professionals, writers, graphic designers, financial advisors, translators and data entry operators. All you require is a computer, the internet, and skills and you are good to go. Common sites providing work include Upwork, Freelancer, Guru and Academia-Research. You stand to earn more if you get repeat customers by providing them with quality work.

Selling eBooks

It is the best way to make passive income online for creative minds specializing in a particular niche. You need to research on your target audience for you to offer content that they would be willing to spend on. It could be eBooks on cooking, traveling, or even entertainment. For instance, if you choose cooking you could have eBooks on ‘Chinese Cuisine Demystified’ or ‘The best Italian Restaurants to Visit.’ However, you will need to market your book to attract a steady income stream. You can sell them on websites such as Amazon and EBay. Therefore, you need to research on a need in the market and provide a solution for it.  A fellow Digial Nomad Adrian Ingram explains how he does it here.


Monetizing your content on YouTube

YouTube has made it possible for its subscribers to generate a passive income online through the monetization of the content they upload. You just create your YouTube channel and add content (usually videos) to it regularly to earn an audience. Your video is monetized when YouTube places ads on it. You earn an income based on the number of clicks on the ad placed on your video. You need to market your video to earn more traffic social networking sites like Facebook.

Affiliate marketing

You have an opportunity to make passive income online through the promotion of the products of a certain company for a commission for each sale made from the promotion. All you need is to link up with affiliate programs, obtain their affiliate links, and begin promoting them on as many platforms as possible. You need to build trust with your audience through avenues like creating an email subscriber platform for the products you are marketing. A common example is the marketing of Amazon products through their Amazon Affiliate program.

Selling your photos online

Nowadays, you can sell almost everything online as long as it is not copyrighted to other parties. You can take your photos of things such as natural phenomena and animals and sell them to make passive but steady income online. Websites such as Shutterstock and Alamy provide suitable platforms for selling all types where you gain a certain royalty fee. The images you take must be unique and not be claimed by anyone else after the sale.

Blogging

You can create your personal blog that provides content in a particular niche. It is very easy to create your blog since blogging platforms like WordPress provide templates that you can customize according to your desires. After gaining traffic to your blog, companies would be willing to place ads on your blog. You make a passive income when visitors click on the links to the ads placed on it. On a blog, advertisers can either use direct advertisement or affiliate marketing. Therefore, you need to come up with compelling content and make regular updates to ensure you maintain steady traffic to your blog.

Email Marketing

It is similar to affiliate marketing only that it makes use of a list of subscribers to a certain blog in the promotion of certain products. If you are looking to exploring the world of blogging, then this method would suit you. It is because the subscribers of your blog are your target audience the probability of more purchases since you share similar interests with your subscribers. The advantage of this technique is that it creates a relatively personal touch with your target audience, and they trust you more.

Revenue sharing

Some websites enable you to make passive income online without possessing a product to sell or a website. For instance, if you like writing, you can generate additional income by creating articles of the highest quality and submitting them to various locations on revenue sharing sites. Squidoo, HubPages, and Infobarrel are the common revenue sharing platforms for you to make money online.

Peer to peer lending

Also known as P2P lending, it is a service that provides loans for individuals who don’t qualify for credit from conventional financial institutions. You require some capital investment to start this activity. As a lender, you have the freedom to select the borrowers you can offer loans while you can also spread your investment amount out to cushion your financial risk. Prosper and Lending club are the two common platforms you can join to start making a passive income online.

Selling products on Amazon and eBay

You can also sell your physical products online in addition to the digital ones. Amazon and eBay provide you with the best platform to do it. To maximize the profits, you need to buy products in wholesale and then sell them as power-sellers on Amazon and eBay. All you are required is to pay a small insertion fee for your product to be listed. It is also easier to sell your old items that you don’t need on these platforms owing to the millions of customers buying from these sites.

Technology has now put the capacity to make money at your fingertips. All you need is a basic understanding of how to use the internet and you are set. You can make a passive income online through several ways. However, some take a long time to pay dividends while others can be instantaneous.

Dropshipping

As many of you know I already have multiple dropshipping stores that bring in monthly recurring revenue.  These stores drive are easy to set up and provide a solid passive income that can help you drive investment in other platforms and businesses that can help you grow your passive income over time.  Below you will find the intro to my course for dropshipping.  Also if you want to find any of the resources that i use to build dropshipping revenue check out my resources section.

At the end of the day choose one or two projects to focus on and put your time and effort into making those work. If you put the hours in over time your effort will pay off and allow you to start generating the profits you need to grow a real business. Looking forward to seeing you guys take your first steps.