Thailand Starter Kit is creating free guides to help you live, work, or retire in Thailand
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$396
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Hi, my name is Karsten Aichholz and I am the founder of thailandstarterkit.com. Thanks for making it to my Patreon page!

I created Thailand Starter Kit in June of 2016 and have helped over 570,000 people live, work, retire, or start a business in Thailand by creating and publishing free, longform guides you can’t find anywhere else.

I have five other people working full-time with me to keep the site up and running and to keep offering free content each and every week.

Your support helps me and my team sustain our efforts to create and publish quality content without having to put ads and banners all over Thailand Starter Kit.

In return for your support, you get many perks and exclusive content that’s only available to my Patrons.

What You Get from Thailand Starter Kit

You get free longform guides on living, working, retiring, or starting a business in Thailand.

In each article you’ll find out the essential and pragmatic topics every expat and tourist has to figure out.

Step-by-step guides cover topics like:


You’ll find over 100 guides on the site with more added each week.

Why I Need Your Support?

I created Thailand Starter Kit with the aim of sharing my knowledge and experiences to make your life easier in Thailand.

So far hundred of thousands of visitors and expats like you have benefited from each guide.

But creating these in-depth guides takes a lot of time and resources.

Right now, the majority of the budget for the website comes out of my own pocket.

Thailand Starter Kit started generating some revenue, but that only amounts to 50% of the site's budget in a good month.

But this isn't sustainable.

In the future, it would be awesome if the site could actually pay for itself while I can continue to expand the content and keep existing posts up to date.

Here are some of my current and future expenses:

  • Writing and Research: I would like to cover a wider range of topics and improve the quality of my guides. This means I have to hire more writers who are knowledgeable in other topics related to expat life in Thailand.
  • Editing: It currently takes me about two months from start to finish to publish every guide on Thailand Starter Kit. This means I not only have to pay writers, but two editors. Using two editors means I can create accurate and error-free longform content.
  • Active Campaign: I use this paid newsletter tool to send my audience articles as I publish them and to keep readers updated with my latest news.
  • Facebook: I run a private Facebook community where current and future Thailand expats can ask each other questions, get advice, and pick the minds of the special AMA (Ask Me Anything) guests. Moderating the Facebook group to keep away trolls, spammers, and negative Nancy's (sorry Nancy!) takes time. As does setting up and hosting AMAs.
  • Podcasting: I also produce the Brewed in Bangkok Podcast, which showcases fascinating interviews and off-the-beaten-track insights about Thailand. It’s a unique show about about Thailand. I would love to produce more episodes of the podcast but this has also been challenging with the current budget limitations.
  • Website Maintenance: Just like you take your car in for regular service and oil changes, a website also needs to be maintained. I have to pay for hosting, plugins, and other tools that allow me to keep the website up and running. I’ve also hired an IT professional to maintain the site.
  • Keep the Website Ad Free: Similar websites to mine run banner and popup adds to generate income for their sites. But I would love to structure Thailand Starter Kit so that you could read my guides ad-free.

I’d love to keep producing high-quality content that is free to everyone. And with your support, I believe that’s possible.

Whether you decide to support my work by pledging $1, $50, or more, I genuinely appreciate your support and thank you very much.

People like you mean a lot to me.

My Gift to You

I’m grateful for every pledge. No matter how big or small, your contribution will go a long way in helping me to continue producing high quality, longform Thailand guides. As a thank you, I’ve put together the following rewards, depending on the tier that you subscribe to:

  • Bonus content – On top of the free guides that I provide on my website, you'll get extra content which contains the most practical advice to help you smoothly transition into expat life in Thailand.
  • Private Facebook group – Unlike most other Thailand expat Facebook groups, I carefully select and screen all members who wish to become members of my private Facebook community. You can ask questions and get useful answers from my community members in the group. For $1 a month, you'll become a member of this exclusive community of expats, some of whom have been living in Thailand for over ten years.
  • Personal Q&A emails – You'll have direct contact to the Thailand Starter Kit team, who'll answer all your expat related questions about Thailand.
  • Free monthly preparation guide – You’ll get a monthly preparation guide with information about special offers and discounts on flights, hotels, events, and other useful information that'll help you prepare for the month ahead.
  • My personal list of services – You get access to direct contact forms for the personal and professional services that I use for my business and personal life.
  • Access to all ebooks as they are released – You'll get full access to all my content, including ebooks. The ebooks contain the most practical information on how to live in Thailand and cover various topics such as renting, traveling, buying condos, and working in Thailand.
  • First access to any expat job opportunities that I receive – Since companies in Thailand are limited to the amount of expats they hire, getting a job here is a big challenge. I’ll send you all job opportunities open for expats that I receive from companies within my network, before they are shared with the rest of the community.

I hope you can become a patron and join my community of Thailand expats, tourists, and the plain-old curious.

Your support, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
Tiers
You're an Awesome Person
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
You'll get access to my Private Facebook Group where you can connect with our helpful community of expats in Thailand and participate in AMAs (Ask Me Anything) hosted by experts from our Thailand network and community


You also get a genuine "Thank you," from me to you. You're Awesome! 

You're a Star!
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
Read the most practical advice to help you smoothly transition into expat life in Thailand with our exclusive bonus content that cannot be found on the site.
 

You also get all the rewards from the previous tier. 


Your contribution will significantly help us to continue providing free, in-depth, and unbiased content on the website. 

You're an All Star!
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
Get personal answers from the Thailand Starter Kit team for any issues you have and live your life freely in Thailand knowing you have personal experts available within your reach. 


We can give you advice about such things as finding a place to live, getting a visa, or even discovering the best hidden vacation spots in Thailand. Plus, you get:


  • All job opportunities open for expats that I receive from companies, before they are shared with the rest of the community
  • A monthly preparation guide with useful information and tips to help you prepare for the month ahead in Thailand 


All the rewards from the previous tiers.  

You're Now Part of Our Inner Circle
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
You get EVERYTHING we have to live and do business in Thailand altogether with our personal consultant for both your personal and entrepreneurial life.


We can help you understand the cultural differences you need to aware of when making business deals, how to manage your Thai employees, how to avoid taxation problems that could result in hefty fines, and more. Plus, you get:


  • Full access to all of our content - including ebooks
  • Direct contact forms for the personal and professional services I use in my personal and professional life. 
  • The privilege to suggest one subtopic you would like to see covered in an article.
  • All the rewards from the previous tiers.  
Thailand Starter Kit Platinum Club
$200 or more per month 1 of 3 patrons
You’ll have a personal helper from the Thailand Starter Kit team help you settle and live in Thailand--hassle free. Members at this level become part of our super-exclusive platinum club. Services include:


  • Visa help: We help you prepare and get the visa that’s most suitable for you (providing you meet all the necessary legal requirements). We also give you all the forms and do your 90-day reporting in Bangkok for you. (Maximum of two people.)
  • Translation service: We translate your legal, business, or personal documents from Thai to English or English to Thai. (Maximum of five pages per month.) 
  • Document review: You get access to a network of providers who can help you review complex documents such as contracts, wills, and court documents. (Maximum of five pages per month.)
  • Apartment search: We help you find an apartment in Bangkok based on your needs and budget. 
  • Internet and cable TV: We help you get a trusted provider to install your internet and cable TV. (Cost of internet and TV packages not included.) 
  • Thai residence certificate: We help you prepare all the paperwork and fill in the forms for your residence certificate application. The residence certificate is needed for buying a car in Thailand, getting a Thai driver’s license, and setting up a Thai bank account.
  • Thai bank account: We recommend the best bank based on your needs, help you prepare the necessary paperwork, and set up a Thai bank account. 


Other advice: We give additional advice about living in Thailand, including which schools to send your kids to, which hospitals to go to, and so on.  

Goals
$396 of $3,500 per month
Hitting this goal would enable me to do things like:

  • Cover a wider range of topics and improve the quality of our guides. 
  • Publish more ebooks which contain the most practical advice and direct links to information that'll make your transition to life in Thailand easier. 
  • Continue running my website ad free, which means no ads while you are reading my practical guides.  
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Hi, my name is Karsten Aichholz and I am the founder of thailandstarterkit.com. Thanks for making it to my Patreon page!

I created Thailand Starter Kit in June of 2016 and have helped over 570,000 people live, work, retire, or start a business in Thailand by creating and publishing free, longform guides you can’t find anywhere else.

I have five other people working full-time with me to keep the site up and running and to keep offering free content each and every week.

Your support helps me and my team sustain our efforts to create and publish quality content without having to put ads and banners all over Thailand Starter Kit.

In return for your support, you get many perks and exclusive content that’s only available to my Patrons.

What You Get from Thailand Starter Kit

You get free longform guides on living, working, retiring, or starting a business in Thailand.

In each article you’ll find out the essential and pragmatic topics every expat and tourist has to figure out.

Step-by-step guides cover topics like:


You’ll find over 100 guides on the site with more added each week.

Why I Need Your Support?

I created Thailand Starter Kit with the aim of sharing my knowledge and experiences to make your life easier in Thailand.

So far hundred of thousands of visitors and expats like you have benefited from each guide.

But creating these in-depth guides takes a lot of time and resources.

Right now, the majority of the budget for the website comes out of my own pocket.

Thailand Starter Kit started generating some revenue, but that only amounts to 50% of the site's budget in a good month.

But this isn't sustainable.

In the future, it would be awesome if the site could actually pay for itself while I can continue to expand the content and keep existing posts up to date.

Here are some of my current and future expenses:

  • Writing and Research: I would like to cover a wider range of topics and improve the quality of my guides. This means I have to hire more writers who are knowledgeable in other topics related to expat life in Thailand.
  • Editing: It currently takes me about two months from start to finish to publish every guide on Thailand Starter Kit. This means I not only have to pay writers, but two editors. Using two editors means I can create accurate and error-free longform content.
  • Active Campaign: I use this paid newsletter tool to send my audience articles as I publish them and to keep readers updated with my latest news.
  • Facebook: I run a private Facebook community where current and future Thailand expats can ask each other questions, get advice, and pick the minds of the special AMA (Ask Me Anything) guests. Moderating the Facebook group to keep away trolls, spammers, and negative Nancy's (sorry Nancy!) takes time. As does setting up and hosting AMAs.
  • Podcasting: I also produce the Brewed in Bangkok Podcast, which showcases fascinating interviews and off-the-beaten-track insights about Thailand. It’s a unique show about about Thailand. I would love to produce more episodes of the podcast but this has also been challenging with the current budget limitations.
  • Website Maintenance: Just like you take your car in for regular service and oil changes, a website also needs to be maintained. I have to pay for hosting, plugins, and other tools that allow me to keep the website up and running. I’ve also hired an IT professional to maintain the site.
  • Keep the Website Ad Free: Similar websites to mine run banner and popup adds to generate income for their sites. But I would love to structure Thailand Starter Kit so that you could read my guides ad-free.

I’d love to keep producing high-quality content that is free to everyone. And with your support, I believe that’s possible.

Whether you decide to support my work by pledging $1, $50, or more, I genuinely appreciate your support and thank you very much.

People like you mean a lot to me.

My Gift to You

I’m grateful for every pledge. No matter how big or small, your contribution will go a long way in helping me to continue producing high quality, longform Thailand guides. As a thank you, I’ve put together the following rewards, depending on the tier that you subscribe to:

  • Bonus content – On top of the free guides that I provide on my website, you'll get extra content which contains the most practical advice to help you smoothly transition into expat life in Thailand.
  • Private Facebook group – Unlike most other Thailand expat Facebook groups, I carefully select and screen all members who wish to become members of my private Facebook community. You can ask questions and get useful answers from my community members in the group. For $1 a month, you'll become a member of this exclusive community of expats, some of whom have been living in Thailand for over ten years.
  • Personal Q&A emails – You'll have direct contact to the Thailand Starter Kit team, who'll answer all your expat related questions about Thailand.
  • Free monthly preparation guide – You’ll get a monthly preparation guide with information about special offers and discounts on flights, hotels, events, and other useful information that'll help you prepare for the month ahead.
  • My personal list of services – You get access to direct contact forms for the personal and professional services that I use for my business and personal life.
  • Access to all ebooks as they are released – You'll get full access to all my content, including ebooks. The ebooks contain the most practical information on how to live in Thailand and cover various topics such as renting, traveling, buying condos, and working in Thailand.
  • First access to any expat job opportunities that I receive – Since companies in Thailand are limited to the amount of expats they hire, getting a job here is a big challenge. I’ll send you all job opportunities open for expats that I receive from companies within my network, before they are shared with the rest of the community.

I hope you can become a patron and join my community of Thailand expats, tourists, and the plain-old curious.

Your support, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Recent posts by Thailand Starter Kit

Tiers
You're an Awesome Person
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
You'll get access to my Private Facebook Group where you can connect with our helpful community of expats in Thailand and participate in AMAs (Ask Me Anything) hosted by experts from our Thailand network and community


You also get a genuine "Thank you," from me to you. You're Awesome! 

You're a Star!
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
Read the most practical advice to help you smoothly transition into expat life in Thailand with our exclusive bonus content that cannot be found on the site.
 

You also get all the rewards from the previous tier. 


Your contribution will significantly help us to continue providing free, in-depth, and unbiased content on the website. 

You're an All Star!
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
Get personal answers from the Thailand Starter Kit team for any issues you have and live your life freely in Thailand knowing you have personal experts available within your reach. 


We can give you advice about such things as finding a place to live, getting a visa, or even discovering the best hidden vacation spots in Thailand. Plus, you get:


  • All job opportunities open for expats that I receive from companies, before they are shared with the rest of the community
  • A monthly preparation guide with useful information and tips to help you prepare for the month ahead in Thailand 


All the rewards from the previous tiers.  

You're Now Part of Our Inner Circle
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
You get EVERYTHING we have to live and do business in Thailand altogether with our personal consultant for both your personal and entrepreneurial life.


We can help you understand the cultural differences you need to aware of when making business deals, how to manage your Thai employees, how to avoid taxation problems that could result in hefty fines, and more. Plus, you get:


  • Full access to all of our content - including ebooks
  • Direct contact forms for the personal and professional services I use in my personal and professional life. 
  • The privilege to suggest one subtopic you would like to see covered in an article.
  • All the rewards from the previous tiers.  
Thailand Starter Kit Platinum Club
$200 or more per month 1 of 3 patrons
You’ll have a personal helper from the Thailand Starter Kit team help you settle and live in Thailand--hassle free. Members at this level become part of our super-exclusive platinum club. Services include:


  • Visa help: We help you prepare and get the visa that’s most suitable for you (providing you meet all the necessary legal requirements). We also give you all the forms and do your 90-day reporting in Bangkok for you. (Maximum of two people.)
  • Translation service: We translate your legal, business, or personal documents from Thai to English or English to Thai. (Maximum of five pages per month.) 
  • Document review: You get access to a network of providers who can help you review complex documents such as contracts, wills, and court documents. (Maximum of five pages per month.)
  • Apartment search: We help you find an apartment in Bangkok based on your needs and budget. 
  • Internet and cable TV: We help you get a trusted provider to install your internet and cable TV. (Cost of internet and TV packages not included.) 
  • Thai residence certificate: We help you prepare all the paperwork and fill in the forms for your residence certificate application. The residence certificate is needed for buying a car in Thailand, getting a Thai driver’s license, and setting up a Thai bank account.
  • Thai bank account: We recommend the best bank based on your needs, help you prepare the necessary paperwork, and set up a Thai bank account. 


Other advice: We give additional advice about living in Thailand, including which schools to send your kids to, which hospitals to go to, and so on.