How to Make a Living in Paradise
Wylie, the author of How to Establish a Successful Business in Thailand, has
taken the concept one stage further with his May 2010 release of “How to
Make a Living in Paradise” (ISBN 978-616-90336-1-5, Fast Track Publishing,
Why should one wish to leave one’s own country and
culture to live in what will always be alien cultures in SE Asia? By page 12
Philip Wylie spells it out in a brief paragraph head “Quality of Life”. And
before you imagine that this just specifically refers to Thailand, he writes
“The guidance in this book applies to wherever you call paradise.” The
directory towards the back of the book covers 11 countries in the SE Asian
group, so pick your own paradise, gentle reader.
Quite early in the book, the reader is exhorted to be
careful and not rush into business ‘investments’. “The idea of having your
own bar as a “hobby” business may seem exciting, but many part-time
businesses fail.” And even more of a trap, “Another common mistake is
rushing into marriage, buying property and registering it in their spouse’s
name, and later losing both spouse and property.” Author Wylie must have
been reading some of the correspondents to our Hillary column!
The chapter headings alone show the depth of this book,
ranging from the Preparation, Keys to Survival, Buying an independent
business, Buying a Franchise, Working Freelance, Alternative Approaches and
then Popular Ways to Earn a Living, which includes writing and publishing (and
did indeed give me some ideas for my own literary based business).
I am sure I am not the only person who just has a hazy
idea of how the price for a business is actually calculated. That makes me
the prime candidate to be ripped off by some smart talking sales person.
This is where this book is excellent, providing a business evaluation
checklist, which covers much more than a presumed profit and loss account. A
beauty salon which, on paper, generates $7,530 profit each year is
demonstrated to be actually a very poor investment. A salutary lesson.
There is a wealth of data in this book, and the majority
of the suggestions are well founded on fact. Many of the money-making ideas
as put forward by Wylie, would probably not be enough to totally fund your
lifestyle in your particular paradise, but could be more of a supplemental
income generator, and who wouldn’t like a little extra each month?
The RRP of How to Make a Living in Paradise is given as
B. 495, and it is available through many book outlets including Asia Books,
Kinokunia, Gecko Books and White Lotus, as well as through Amazon dot com or
fasttrackpublishing dot com, and at B. 495 it is a very cheap investment in
your new life.
Finally, a small niggle – the prices are given in US$,
which is understandable, looking at the various paradises there are, but as
the majority of the book and cases studies refer to Thailand, I would have
liked some prices in baht (in brackets) as well. Perhaps next print run?