More on freelance writing in Thailand


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I wrote an article about freelance writing in Thailand that some of you found useful. Well, almost a year later and I feel like I’m a little older and a little wiser. I still receive a lot of emails about freelancing in Thailand, so I thought I’d update you with my thoughts and the best and worst people to freelance for.

First up, my top people to work for in Thailand:

Prestige magazine: If you want to freelance in Bangkok and you can write well, I cannot recommend Prestige enough. These guys are totally in tune with the scene and they’re just about the most professional publication I’ve come across in Thailand. They find good gigs, they set everything up, follow everything up and they pay on time and without any hassle.

2 magazine: I wrote a cover story for 2 a few weeks ago and the editorial process was a dream. It can be frustrating when you submit work and receive no feedback on it. With 2, I was able to work with the editorial team to really bring the best out of my story. It was totally professional and I will work with them again. If you want to work for them, contact me and I can pass on details.

My final recommendation is to contact luxury hotels, resorts and property developments, particular the newer ones, to ask them for work. This kind of work, while being rather bland, pays well and is relatively straightforward. If you want to freelance for Thai publications, you aren’t going to become rich any time soon. Throwing in some work for big-money developers is one way to make up for that.

And now for the bad. Some publications still owe me money. One of them used my money for petty cash before deciding that the mag was finished. One publication promised me payment once I had a work permit, but didn’t come good on that promise. I have been criticized for writing for free in the past, but I think it’s more that I was naïve and expecting of people to come through for me. Don't expect anything from anyone.

Right now, my goal is to be published in the UK so that I can ease into a period of winding down my full time work and focusing on new publications, study and making money online.

As always, feel free to contact me if you need help with anything. I don’t know much, but I know enough that I could live comfortably in Thailand without having a full time job, so I could do it, then anyone can.

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2 thoughts on “More on freelance writing in Thailand

  1. Matt – I am working on a guide to English language publications in Thailand at the moment and (hopefully) it will include full contacts and details of each publication. I am going to make it available as a PDF on my blog and am aiming to have it finished by the end of next week. I'm sure anyone interested in freelancing in Thailand will find it useful.

  2. Yeah I used to work for free too. It sucks. I used to read and produce the English news for radio during the weekends last year and they only paid 2 months out of the 7 months I worked there. (There's not that many English-language news stations, so I'm sure you can figure out which one)

    At first I was like OK, this is good experience, and I enjoy radio, so I didn't mind. But then I started feeling like they're just taking advantage of me. So I quit. It's awful that there isn't really a system here in Thailand.

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