While MANY move (retire) to Pattaya, Thailand with the idea of finding a 'job', most are VERY, VERY
First, their are A LOT of skilled Thai citizens. While you may have various skills and certifications from your
home country, many Thais may be equally qualified. And be willing to work for 1/4 of what you will!
Next, to work 'legally' in Thailand you must possess an employer specific work-permit. NOT easy to obtain
unless you have a VERY unique skill or qualification that most Thais do not.
Third, the number of companies 'hiring' Westerners in Pattaya is actually VERY small. You won't see many legitimate
'help-wanted' ads in the Pattaya Mail.
Most are probably a scam to entice you into investing in a 'can't lose' proposition.
So, How can you earn money in Pattaya?
Here's some ideas:
1-Teach English. This is THE most common way for expats around Thailand to make money. But it's NOT
much--probably around $600USD per month.
2-Own a bar. This, too, is common. But as I mentioned in the 'Money' section of this site, you're MUCH, MUCH
more likely to lose money then make money.
3-Import-export. NOT the easiest but doable. If you can find a UNIQUE, locally produced product, this has
potential. Type the word 'Thailand' into Ebay and you'll see many guys doing this right now.
4-Internet business, artist, currency trader etc. This is the IDEAL profession for the Pattaya
resident. Something with the following characteristics:
A) Can operate from geographically anywhere.
B) Requires ZERO employees.
C) Needs NO equipment except a computer.
D) No governmental permits required.
If you don't have a GUARANTEED income to cover your basic needs--food, shelter, necessities,
etc., then do NOT move to Pattaya, yet!
Thailand is NOT a happy place for Westerners with NO money. Unfortunately too
many guys end up broke here--which ultimately causes their demise.