…. at least on Facebook. I arrived in Thailand in April 2016 to see if we could open a coffee shop or a bar with my childhood friend. Then 6 months later I’m starting a business with a guy I just met. One of the best decision of my life but also one of the biggest challenge I ever faced.
We (me and my business partner) started MojoSons Events in October 2016. We organize private and corporate parties in Bangkok and Pattaya mostly. From transportation to sexy shows, our job is to provide a unique experience in Thailand to our guests.
After a year, 100+ groups, many unforgettable memories and problems, I can officially say I have my own business in Thailand. I got my name on the papers, a work permit, I pay taxes… and we survived a tough first year. This first year was incredible in the best and the worst way. Between unexpected troubles, awesome opportunities and insane parties. It was intense and far from easy.
Now we’ve made it! MojoSons is doing good and there’s a lot of room for improvement and development. The struggle isn’t finished yet but I’m confident the worst part is over.
I know starting a business ain’t easy. Anywhere. But when you don’t speak the language and don’t understand the laws and administration, it doesn’t help. I’m lucky my business partner do speak/read/write Thai fluently and a lot of friends helped us out. In Thailand, more than ever, your network will make all the difference.
Many people think it’s gonna be easy because Thailand is cheap. But trust me, you’ll always bump into a problem you didn’t anticipate. Of course it’s cheaper to run a business in Thailand than it is in Europe or the US. It’s also a different culture and set of rules. It takes a lot of time and nerves to get use to how things are working here.
Not in the same way it would somewhere else. Especially when you’re organizing parties and events here. We’re always on the line because we want people to talk about us but we don’t want to offend or annoy anyone. The culture and limits are different. Back in France I would have push things to the limit to get attention. Here, you take small steps and you’re extra careful about what people say. The last thing you want is to piss off the wrong person.
You have to stay focused and calm. Be patient, have a strong willpower and adapt fast. That’s what will make the difference in Thailand.
On the other side it’s also full of great moments. We met awesome people, we’ve learn a ton and we’ve been doing a lot of crazy parties… Private Pool Party, Yacht Party in Pattaya, Boat Party in Bangkok for a company, insane stag do in Thailand… All this great experiences that make all the efforts worth it.
(This was our biggest event. 3 Days / 2 Nights in Pattaya for New Year Eve 2017)
When you run a business, support is key. You want to surround yourself with people who share the same experience, go through similar challenges… This is why coworking space in Thailand is so good. There’s a ton of them filled with innovative and creative businesses. We all have different stories about how we ended up doing business in Thailand, but all of them are fun.
Thailand is well-known hub for online entrepreneurs. You’ll find countless expats running online businesses. Online Marketing agencies, affiliate marketing, apps and websites development, drop shipping… mostly spread between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The great lifestyle, low taxes and unlimited opportunities attract people from all backgrounds and it’s creating a great environment to develop a business. Being surrounded by people hustling to make shit happen is really a necessary kick in the ass to grow your business… (and having enough money to explore Asia.)
Good luck! You’ll need some to start your business in Thailand. Work hard, stay focus, learn to adapt yourself and your business to Thailand.
And connect with others in the same situation. It’s easier here as many other places I’ve visited. As expats, we often bump into the same problems as the other who want to stay in Thailand. There’s a lot of experience you can benefit from to save countless time and money. Don’t fall in love in Go Go Bars, remember that the rules can be bent, get a good lawyer and you should be fine. 😂
And it has been a dream for years. I’ve been starting countless projects in the last 5 years and with this one I found out why I failed my previous ones. It wasn’t because this idea was better than the others. Maybe a little. The main thing is until now, I’ve been lacking focus and didn’t work hard. The fact that I “succeeded” with this one has a lot to do with my desire to stay in Thailand.
This is the main reason why I worked harder (and smarter) on this business. Without hard work, you’re not going anywhere. MojoSons Events is only doing good, but it has the potential to do great and it’s only the starting point of many other projects. So Stay tuned!
You have your own business? You want to create it but don’t know where to start? Let’s connect!
Send me a message on twitter.
(Here’s another of my bucket list goals I achieved, now I’m off to the next one).