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Thanks guys for the input. I'm still not sure what ideas to look at. Any suggestions on import export stuff from thailand? We want to do a little work but not to much but it has to be able to make some profit. We don't want a shop cause we don't have time to commit so needs to be simple and easy done.

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Thanks guys for the input. I'm still not sure what ideas to look at. Any suggestions on import export stuff from thailand? We want to do a little work but not to much but it has to be able to make some profit. We don't want a shop cause we don't have time to commit so needs to be simple and easy done.

Whatever viable thing you come up with, give me a shout.

Ex-lawyer, moving to Thailand next month, can translate English to German, or the other way round whatever it is, and a couple things more.

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Farang small businesses = taking up your time and losing you money.

Just find something else to spend your money on. :)

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You can always become an independent distributor for Top Secret Cosmetics..... Reselling / distributing perfumes, showergels and body lotions. Makes pretty good money. Company name is Top Secret International Co., Ltd.

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I'd suggest to sell remote controlled boomerangs to Isaan farmers.

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I've always thought it would be fun to own/operate a massage parlor here.........

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dont expect anyone on this forum to give you any usefull tips

if they are as succesfull as some claims, they will certainly not tell you , because competition, thais do not like it, neither do those succesfull farangs "on paper"

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Ideas for a small business??? How about starting with a big one? Give it 3 months under Thai management and Im sure it will become a small one!!!

Just joking. Any business will be hard in Thailand if there is too much competition. My GF opened a restaurant and bar, silly idea with so many already in existence... but she had to try.

Whatever you take on, I wish you luck

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Selling them electric yoyos would be the hit. But you'll have to sell them LSD first to have the "want to do that now" effect.Drugs are not allowed here, so might not be the best idea, but a good one..

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Back in the day, I would perform fortunetelling sessions using, shall we say, pre-natal exam techniques, instead of palm reading, to forecast marriage, children and potential customers for the working girls. I never ceased to be amazed at how gullible/impressed they are when I could describe their next customer and tell her exactly how much he will offer--duh, he and I just happened to be in cahoots. All you need is to do it successfully in one bar one night. By the next night--even later that night--you'll have to take appointments. Of course, it has its drawn-backs; it only works for a day or two, so you move to another location; and the pay may not cover expenses, but it has some great benefits.

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Back in the day, I would perform fortunetelling sessions using, shall we say, pre-natal exam techniques, instead of palm reading, to forecast marriage, children and potential customers for the working girls. I never ceased to be amazed at how gullible/impressed they are when I could describe their next customer and tell her exactly how much he will offer--duh, he and I just happened to be in cahoots. All you need is to do it successfully in one bar one night. By the next night--even later that night--you'll have to take appointments. Of course, it has its drawn-backs; it only works for a day or two, so you move to another location; and the pay may not cover expenses, but it has some great benefits.

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I have had this idea for several years but have never acted on it primarily because I'm already swamped with projects here in my hobbyshop.

Here is my idea for you: Design/engineer a small portable horizontal band saw that would quickly saw flat boards out of short logs from the miscellaneous trees that the local Thais cut down. Currently, the Thais use a crude chainsaw method that is noisy, inaccurate, dangerous, time consuming and wastes a lot of good material. Now, because I am a mechanical engineer I have stood by and observed these silly little village monkeys spend days cutting thick, crooked boards out of a few choice logs. Lots of noise and lots of waste. And they charge a pretty decent rate to do this horrible job.

So, the machine I have in mind is small enough to fit into the back of a standard toyota pickup. Yes, it would hang out the back but who cares. It would slide off the back of the truck and sit on the ground anyway. It would accommodate logs up to 3 meters long and 50 cm in diameter. It would be powered by a simple 5 hp gasoline engine. No need to worry about electricity.

In any case, this is a quick money maker and the thais will talk. You will get well known for having this machine and doing a superior job very quickly and efficiently. Also, and most importanly, the thais will be hard pressed to copy your machine. It takes contacts back in the states or europe to aquire the parts and especially the bandsaw blade used. That is the real key.

I've already calculated the costs of building a portable band saw here in thailand and it is less than $800 dollars. All the specialized parts are available on ebay and the building instructions are free on youtube. Of course, you should know how to weld in order to control the project yourself.

Do this and you will make good money in the surrounding local villages. Your reputation will procede you and people will pay you cash to come and slice their tree into boards. The bonus is you get to meet many new thais and make good friends, spreading good will for all other falangs that come along behind you.

It's a great idea. I hope you do it and let us all know how much fun you had setting it up. Good luck!

There's one old chap and his son in my home town that are engineering specialized machinery, particulary anything to do with saws (that appears to be Remscheid's speciality).

It's not exactly a small firm, they've been in business for some 30 years. Dad is kind of entrepreneurial having done some trading business apart from machinery in the Czech Republic for decades.

Interest on their side would depend on if you can produce some volume, they are as of the moment a little short on contracts.

Check this out: http://www.haas-gmbh.com

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