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Chiang Mai has become a hotspot for individuals and companies who are look to offer outsourced services at reduced costs. Here you will find a plethora of web designers, graphic designers, writers and various other creatives surviving and thriving thanks to the significantly reduce living expenses. 

Chiang Mai is becoming known as a creative city and there are now initiatives in place to further establish the creative image of the city. One such organisation, known as “Chiang Mai Creative City”, is an organisation that focuses on developing the creative sector of the city, placing specific emphasis on graphic design, software, mobile and web development. The organisation was introduced due to a new government policy which aims to promote Thai products and services alongside it’s history, culture and traditions. The organisation is a collaboration of representatives from universities, private companies and various government agencies. 

There are of course, numerous problems associated with moving to Thailand with the intention of setting up an outsourcing operation. To start with, it is technically impossible to work here on freelance basis. That said, there are many who live and work here illegally (without a work permit). Setting up an official registered company comes with many technical difficulties, not to mention huge costs. Apparently there are some who teach English for while, obtain a non-B-immigrant visa and then apply for a work permit with success. Alternatively, I have heard rumours than you can attain a work permit if you are married to a Thai national. Perhaps the best thing to do is scope it out first and see what you think.

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