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CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE AND SHOP

CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE AND SHOP
CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE AND SHOP
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Company = CT ONLINE SERVICES (THAILAND) CO., LTD
Registration Company number = 0445562000624
Brand name = Crypto Tron
Website = https://crypto-tron.com/
White-paper = https://crypto-tron.com/WHITE-PAPER.pdf

CRYPTO TRON HAS OPENED PRIVATE-SALE STAGE
- UP TO 60% BONUS
– trade on our platform for free till the end of 2021 as a customer
– trade on our platform for free till the end of 2021 as a retailers
– list coin/token on our exchange cheaper and they are not subject to the minimum monthly traffic volume requirement on our exchange till the end of 2021

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO BE OUR MARKETER WE HAVE A REFERRAL LINK, WHICH BRINGS YOU A 10% FROM FUNDS RAISED!

Crypto Tron is a blockchain startup with an amazing new vision for the future of cryptocurrency. We are determined to make a place for Thailand in the crypto market. We will build and integrate a highly sophisticated crypto exchange and a flexible, modern retail platform. We offer our customers and partners who participate in our retail system the most important thing they need – the ability to cash their coins out and buy more coins with their traditional banking in a fully legitimate, high‐speed, secure way. We want to see crypto cross the barrier from the way it is now to the broad masses of the people.‘’If a business can quickly cash its coins to traditional currencies then there will be more businesses willing to accept them‘’.
The company will bring to the crypto market a lot of new solutions and new implementations that will be completely new for crypto users!
We will offer them more than 10 advanced tools in the trading market for all skill levels according to beginners as well as professional traders, trading platforms are designed to dynamically change, move and save the layout individually according to the user's preferences and only one login is needed for all parts of Crypto Tron. Wallets will carry over and so will accounts.Crypto Tron Shop will offer a simple solution to accept payment in various cryptocurrencies at local stores with instant conversion from crypto to fiat. Shop platform offers dropshipping, affiliate marketing, business to customer (B2C), business to business (B2B), or customer to customer (C2C).

CRYPTO TRON LICESES
Crypto Tron Exchange will operate according to all applicable regulations, set by theThailand Board of Investment (BOI), the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)and the Bank of Thailand (BOT). It will be maximally secure compared to most exchanges as most customer funds will be held in offline “cold wallets”, Offline wallets limit access for unauthorized purposes or parties. This decision limits access to potential threats and minimizes risks to customers in today’s cryptocurrency market. Our exchange platform will be reviewed by Kaspersky Lab to ensure our security is up to standards.
Crypto Tron Shop will provide seamless, easy interaction between cryptocurrencies and fiat. We will operate according to all applicable regulations, set by the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bank of Thailand (BOT). Crypto Tron users can count on reasonable fees and stellar service on both Exchange and Shop platforms. You’ll be able to use any crypto listed to purchase from any of our vendors. If you’re a vendor, you will have immediate access to the value of the coins you receive so you’ll be able to immediately translate your sales to the funds. All customers and vendors will be verified in line with KYC regulations to ensure top security and uphold best practices. Our platform will have everything you need to sell your products and have the flexibility to adapt to your situation. Whether you’re an affiliate marketer, a dropshipper or a brick-and-mortar store we will have options to serve you. Commissions and fees will be very reasonable and lower than competitors. What will make us unique in this industry is the usability of our services and our dedication to quality for everyone, buyers and sellers.

https://crypto-tron.com/
CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE
is a brand-new choice for the crypto community. Crypto Tron proudly supports the TRON network. The company is committed to listing all legitimate projects on the Tron network for FREE. We will have full fungibility of trade, moving Tron tokens into many other reputable forms of cryptocurrency – as well as into and out of fiat. Crypto Tron remains focused on making crypto more useful in everyday life. The exchange will have a suite of advanced features allowing our users to use Crypto Tron at the skill level they have, according to their abilities and preferences.

EXCHANGE ADVANCED TOOLS
-A Modern Trading Experience
Crypto Tron’s trading platform is designed to dynamically change, move and save the layout individually according to the user’s preference. Review orders easily and place future conditional orders according to what you think the market will do. Use our interactive graph and added tools like PalmaBot for technical analysis. Continuously use your future conditional orders. There will also be multilingual chat options.
-Wallets
Crypto Tron will have a transparent wallet. Track the value of your portfolio. See the price change based on the currency you select, for the last 24 hours, up to the past month. View your balance for each coin for any period of time. Use our analytical tools to see how your portfolio is doing in graphic form. Use your 24 word recovery code to reclaim your wallet whenever you need. With Crypto Tron you are always secured.
-Historical Records
See all your trades starting from the very beginning of your account. Choose the display you want and keep track of withdrawals, deposits and payments from your account. See any trading pairs whether one at a time or multiple. Keep track of when you make withdrawals or payments from your wallet. You have the option to add additional notes as a reminder if you need to see them later. We’re here to help you comply with your nation’s tax laws.
-Sub-accounts and internal transfers
Use your Crypto Tron account to instantly transfer between your bank cards, credit cards and crypto. Send between Crypto Tron Accounts easily to save on fees. Privately trade with other Crypto Tron members if you like. We put your wealth in your hands.
-Platform Security
Crypto Tron will hold the vast majority of funds inside "cold" wallets. These wallets will be stored offline, limiting potential exposure to hackers. We will require use of two step authentication and white listing of wallet addresses for payouts. This limits the possibility of your funds being stolen by someone who gets momentary control of your account. We will also provide an option of email confirmation for withdrawals. If anything support will be available in multiple languages whenever needed – 24 hours a day.
-Interoperability
Crypto Tron will have a groundbreaking system allowing our users to seek arbitrage opportunities throughout crypto markets with up to 35 linked exchanges including Binance. Track winning traders and stack more sats. See graphs, check prices and find the latest news on your favorite coins.

ATM NETWORK AND LOCATIONS
CryptoTron will establish an ATM network through a number of popular destinations in Thailand where our estimates indicate there are between 20,000 to 300,000 daily visits at the first locations. This number will continue to increase as we install more ATMs in well-known shopping centers and airports. To begin, we aim to install up to 100 ATMs, with a goal to expand all over Thailand and then branch out to other markets internationally.

https://crypto-tron.com/
CRYPTO TRON SHOP
will be a brand-new shopping platform that allows the whole world to experience a simple and intuitive way to buy and sell anything to anyone, anywhere in the world with crypto and instant conversion to fiat. Simple easy and designed to work when you need it. It doesn’t matter what type of business you have, whether you use dropshipping, affiliate marketing, business to customer (B2C), business to business (B2B), or customer to customer (C2C), we have options for you. Reserve a Merchant spot for FREE. Register with us today.

Crypto Tron Shop will also provide a simple solution to accept payment in various cryptocurrencies at local stores with low transaction fees and give merchants the ability to instantly convert crypto payments into fiat. Initially, payments will be possible with CTE, TRX, BTC, BCH and ETH. Other currencies will be added later, depending on demand and other factors (such as active development and community support).
https://crypto-tron.com/
SHOP ADVANCED TOOLS
-Sell Anything
Crypto Tron Shop is for individuals and businesses whether big or small. Whether you sell physical products, digital products or services online you can sell with ease and peace of mind.
-Buy Anything
Crypto Tron Shop will bring you a wide variety of choices, and make it possible for you to find products you like and use easily. With a diverse group of sellers, we will truly be a buyer’s market.
-Pay Seamlessly
Payments can be made directly from the trading account, through debit or credit cards, and using your own crypto wallet. Automatically convert your crypto to cash, or spend your cash to get crypto.
-Retail Security
Crypto Tron Shop will verify everyone on the platform whether buyers or sellers to protect users on both sides. You’ll be able to track shipping and if you have a problem, our support is here to help. Have a dispute? We will arbitrate it and remove bad actors to ensure a safe and positive environment for everyone.
-Reasonable Fees
Buyers will use the platform free of charge. Sellers on the other hand will have fees of anywhere from 1 to 5% depending on sales volume. This is a sliding scale and at its highest level is still less than one-third the amount charged by other well-known sales platforms. The more you sell the less you pay. That’s the Crypto Tron way.
-Earnings
At Crypto Tron Shop we will allow users to dropship products from our platform or market our partners as an affiliate. Advertising materials will be available for use, too. You can also earn by using the Crypto Tron Shop application. Pay your commissions and save 70% using CTE token versus other cryptocurrencies.

CRYPTO TRON MOBILE APPS
An innovative application that will allow both crypto trading as well as shopping on the platform. Crypto Tron mobile app will allow you to access all parts of the Crypto Tron platform right from your android or iOS mobile phone. Use the app to stay informed on developments in the crypto world. Keep Crypto Tron Exchange in your pocket with all of our advanced tools which give you the fastest arbitrage and multi-exchange trading options available. Privately trade with other Crypto Tron users. Track professional traders and receive alerts when your favorite traders open a new position. Shop from anywhere in the world. Pay with crypto, and stay informed of discounts and offers from merchants. Merchants can customize their products to fit their needs. You can also earn by using the Crypto Tron app.

CTE TOKEN
is designed to offer more favorable fees for Crypto Tron services on Crypto Tron exchange and for paying commissions on Crypto Tron Shop, as well as for purchasing third party products and services at Crypto Tron Shop. Paying trading fees with CTE on the exchange is 70% lower than payment in other currencies. Payment of commissions at a shop with CTE is 30% cheaper than payment with other currencies. Shopping with CTE at the Crypto Tron shop will be additionally rewarded.

https://crypto-tron.com/
CTE CARES FUND
We’re building a platform that matters. At the same time as we are creating this platform, we commit to giving 20% of all fees raised with the CTE token to our Crypto Tron Cares Fund. This humanitarian fund will be used to support causes which help to improve lives around us, in Thailand and everywhere we reach. We will use the Tron blockchain to track and manage the growth of this fund over time and with that all real traffic on the platform will be visible. Everything will be in a publicly viewable address so that everything is open to view, discussion and even contribution by users. We will support worthy projects working to improve lives in Thailand and all over the world.

THE PROBLEMS WE ARE SOLVING
Most run-of-the-mill exchanges today only deal with cryptocurrencies. A significantly smaller number also deal with fiat currencies but are limited to using various bypasses primarily aimed at avoiding regulators. Exchanges also have difficulty in dealing with security tokens because of either lack of a bureaucratic direction, or they do not have the right licenses or needed infrastructure to operate them. By obtaining all the necessary licenses and adapting the infrastructure to the requirements of the regulators, we will ensure both business security and reliable access to different forms of pay-in and pay-out on the platform. Also, most users face the problem that existing exchanges do not offer user-friendly interfaces or provide advanced tools. Several have major security problems with the funds stored by a central exchange hot wallet or exit scams where the founders of the exchange run away with customer funds. Taxation is also problematic, as most exchanges keep their transaction history for a very limited short time. For all these shortcomings, we have found solutions that will be implemented on our platform as soon as they can be developed. More information on these solutions can be found below under the Crypto Tron advanced tools title in our white paper. Today's market of Internet-based sales is fraught with problems. People are growing tired of fees at traditional providers and cryptocurrency has not yet matured to address these issues. There are some smaller merchants that have offered both as options, but there is no online solution that would allow merchants to use a platform to sell products, services or set up an entire online store where they can accept payments in fiat and crypto currencies with instant conversion from crypto to fiat, while also offering the opportunity to take advantage of new ways of selling and advertising. The curtailed solutions available, however, are very expensive for vendors. This makes them uncompetitive. Fees for using online platforms range up to 20%. We will address these shortcomings in the Crypto Tron Shop, and will enable both fiat-based and cryptocurrency operations in accordance with the regulations. At the request of the merchant we will provide an instant change from crypto to fiat. And all this on much more favorable terms than they currently do on the multinational market. Our fees will be between 1% and 5%, CTE users will receive an additional discount.

WHY DID WE CHOOSE THE NAME CRYPTO TRON?
We chose Crypto Tron name because we support the Tron network. Our policy of FREE listing for all Tron tokens (within our listing criteria) is meant to show that to the quality projects being developed with Tron as a base. Many Tron projects are not able to list at top exchanges – for the simple reason that Tron is not listed yet – let alone tokens. Commonly listing fees are also exorbitant. This harms new projects looking for participating buyers and sellers. We’ve bypassed that by specifically designing our platform and our utility token on the Tron network. All of our policies are explicitly intended to beneffit our customers and secure the best interests of everyone using our platform. We hope to become a factor in the stability of the Tron network and a supporter of its growth in the future.

WHY ARE WE CENTRALIZED AND WHY ARE WE BASED IN THAILAND?
Being based the in Kingdom of Thailand is excellent as Thailand is one of the few countries to have adopted all the necessary crypto regulations in 2019, including issuing security tokens for which we will also obtained a license, both for trading with STO and for issuing the STO. This provides certainty and additional protection for users because many competing exchanges work in a legal gray area and this exposes users to great risks. Crypto Tron is committed to work with relevant authorities including the Bank of Thailand, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Thai Board of Investment to uphold the law and maintain maximum quality of service for our users. Crypto Tron is currently in the process of obtaining the necessary licenses from all relevant authorities including the Bank of Thailand, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Thai Board of Investment. This is in order to ensure that Crypto Tron will become Thailand’s first legally established crypto exchange and retail platform. While we both welcome and support decentralization, we understand why centralization is sometimes needed to allow customers to know who they’re dealing with. For this reason we are a centralized project that will operate in accordance with all necessary licenses, including antimoney laundering and terrorist financing regulations.

SECURITY SOLUTIONS
Crypto Tron Shop will verify all participants in transactions and ensure the maximum level of security according to all best practices in the retail sector. We will have fully trackable shipments, a system to handle disputes by mutual arbitration and guaranteed deliveries to buyers if something goes wrong. The system over all will be designed to keep users funds safe by minimizing the use of hot wallets, which are running online. Most user funds will be held in cold wallets which are typically held in a safe in paper form. We will implement all forms of security used by major exchanges. Two level authentication will be mandatory, as well as white listing of addresses. We will also provide the option of additional confirmation for payouts. As always if it is needed, our support team will be available 24/7 in multiple languages. It is our number one priority to prevent any breach in security and ensure a safe environment for users. Crypto Tron platforms will be continuously verified by thirdparty cyber security companies. Crypto Tron wants to make sure there are no design errors, no vulnerabilities or any undocumented features within a smart contract which can affect and present risk on execution, success and security of the project. Also the smart contract code will be reviewed by Kaspersky Lab.

https://crypto-tron.com/
TOKEN DETAIL
Token Name: Crypto Tron
Token Symbol: CTE
Token standard: TRC20
Type: Utility
Token supply: 7,000,000CTE
Exchange rate: 1CTE = 500TRX

DISTRIBUTION DETAIL
Private-contribution: 2,000,000 CTE
all tokens are locked for 24 months,
min. direct contribute = 50,000$ - 60% bonusmin.
Indirect contribute trough referral link = 5,000$ - 50% bonus
Bonus: up to 60%

Pre-contribution: 500,000 CTE
all tokens are locked for 12 months
min. contribute = 500$Bonus: 20%

IEO Public-contribution: 3,000,000 CTE
all tokens are immediately released
min. contribute = 50$
50x Lucky wallet prize: Bonus 10%

Soft cap: $3,000,000
Basic development legal registration with all licenses

Hard cap: $30,000,000
Further development
Develop of Crypto Tron Shop
Develop App for IOS
Develop App for ANDROID
Marketing
For more information read white-paper

Team & Partners: 1,400,000 CTE
All tokens are locked for 24 months

Available for contribution: 5,600,000 (80%)
We will lunch our official Initial Exchange Offering at our platform on https://crypto-tron.com
Unsold tokens we will use for marketing

Accepted currencies:
FIAT: USD, EUR, THB
CRYPTO: BTC, TRX, ETH

LINKS AND DOCUMENTS
PARTICIPATE: https://panel.crypto-tron.com/register
LIST YOUR ASSET: https://crypto-tron.com/pre-list-your-cryptocurrency
BECOME A MERCHANT: https://crypto-tron.com/become-a-merchant-free
WEBSITE: https://crypto-tron.com
COMPANY: https://crypto-tron.com/crypto-tron-registration.pdf
WHITE PAPER: https://crypto-tron.com/WHITE-PAPER.pdf
CONTRIBUTION AGREEMENT: https://crypto-tron.com/contribution-agreement/
OFFER AND BENEFFITS: https://crypto-tron.com/contribution-and-listing-conditions/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/cryptotronexchange
TWITTER : https://twitter.com/Crypto_Tron_E
DISCORD : https://discord.gg/Vd2fA9X
TELEGRAM: https://t.me/crypto_tron
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/crypto_tron_official/
LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/crypto-tron/
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-k53GJ7xlUlWXXHLSYZoNw
YOUTUBE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGkTBZMYTxg
FB VIDEO PRESENTATION:
https://www.facebook.com/cryptotronexchange/videos/115303826479816/
https://www.facebook.com/cryptotronexchange/videos/1024527011215545/
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CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE AND SHOP

CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE AND SHOP
CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE AND SHOP
Company = CT ONLINE SERVICES (THAILAND) CO., LTD
Registration Company number = 0445562000624
Brand name = Crypto Tron
Website = https://crypto-tron.com/
White-paper = https://crypto-tron.com/WHITE-PAPER.pdf

CRYPTO TRON HAS OPENED PRIVATE-SALE STAGE
- UP TO 60% BONUS
– trade on our platform for free till the end of 2021 as a customer
– trade on our platform for free till the end of 2021 as a retailers
– list coin/token on our exchange cheaper and they are not subject to the minimum monthly traffic volume requirement on our exchange till the end of 2021

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO BE OUR MARKETER WE HAVE A REFERRAL LINK, WHICH BRINGS YOU A 10% FROM FUNDS RAISED!

Crypto Tron is a blockchain startup with an amazing new vision for the future of cryptocurrency. We are determined to make a place for Thailand in the crypto market. We will build and integrate a highly sophisticated crypto exchange and a flexible, modern retail platform. We offer our customers and partners who participate in our retail system the most important thing they need – the ability to cash their coins out and buy more coins with their traditional banking in a fully legitimate, high‐speed, secure way. We want to see crypto cross the barrier from the way it is now to the broad masses of the people.‘’If a business can quickly cash its coins to traditional currencies then there will be more businesses willing to accept them‘’.

The company will bring to the crypto market a lot of new solutions and new implementations that will be completely new for crypto users!
We will offer them more than 10 advanced tools in the trading market for all skill levels according to beginners as well as professional traders, trading platforms are designed to dynamically change, move and save the layout individually according to the user's preferences and only one login is needed for all parts of Crypto Tron. Wallets will carry over and so will accounts.Crypto Tron Shop will offer a simple solution to accept payment in various cryptocurrencies at local stores with instant conversion from crypto to fiat. Shop platform offers dropshipping, affiliate marketing, business to customer (B2C), business to business (B2B), or customer to customer (C2C).

CRYPTO TRON LICESES
Crypto Tron Exchange will operate according to all applicable regulations, set by theThailand Board of Investment (BOI), the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)and the Bank of Thailand (BOT). It will be maximally secure compared to most exchanges as most customer funds will be held in offline “cold wallets”, Offline wallets limit access for unauthorized purposes or parties. This decision limits access to potential threats and minimizes risks to customers in today’s cryptocurrency market. Our exchange platform will be reviewed by Kaspersky Lab to ensure our security is up to standards.
Crypto Tron Shop will provide seamless, easy interaction between cryptocurrencies and fiat. We will operate according to all applicable regulations, set by the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bank of Thailand (BOT). Crypto Tron users can count on reasonable fees and stellar service on both Exchange and Shop platforms. You’ll be able to use any crypto listed to purchase from any of our vendors. If you’re a vendor, you will have immediate access to the value of the coins you receive so you’ll be able to immediately translate your sales to the funds. All customers and vendors will be verified in line with KYC regulations to ensure top security and uphold best practices. Our platform will have everything you need to sell your products and have the flexibility to adapt to your situation. Whether you’re an affiliate marketer, a dropshipper or a brick-and-mortar store we will have options to serve you. Commissions and fees will be very reasonable and lower than competitors. What will make us unique in this industry is the usability of our services and our dedication to quality for everyone, buyers and sellers.

CRYPTO TRON EXCHANGE
is a brand-new choice for the crypto community. Crypto Tron proudly supports the TRON network. The company is committed to listing all legitimate projects on the Tron network for FREE. We will have full fungibility of trade, moving Tron tokens into many other reputable forms of cryptocurrency – as well as into and out of fiat. Crypto Tron remains focused on making crypto more useful in everyday life. The exchange will have a suite of advanced features allowing our users to use Crypto Tron at the skill level they have, according to their abilities and preferences.

EXCHANGE ADVANCED TOOLS
-A Modern Trading Experience
Crypto Tron’s trading platform is designed to dynamically change, move and save the layout individually according to the user’s preference. Review orders easily and place future conditional orders according to what you think the market will do. Use our interactive graph and added tools like PalmaBot for technical analysis. Continuously use your future conditional orders. There will also be multilingual chat options.
-Wallets
Crypto Tron will have a transparent wallet. Track the value of your portfolio. See the price change based on the currency you select, for the last 24 hours, up to the past month. View your balance for each coin for any period of time. Use our analytical tools to see how your portfolio is doing in graphic form. Use your 24 word recovery code to reclaim your wallet whenever you need. With Crypto Tron you are always secured.
-Historical Records
See all your trades starting from the very beginning of your account. Choose the display you want and keep track of withdrawals, deposits and payments from your account. See any trading pairs whether one at a time or multiple. Keep track of when you make withdrawals or payments from your wallet. You have the option to add additional notes as a reminder if you need to see them later. We’re here to help you comply with your nation’s tax laws.
-Sub-accounts and internal transfers
Use your Crypto Tron account to instantly transfer between your bank cards, credit cards and crypto. Send between Crypto Tron Accounts easily to save on fees. Privately trade with other Crypto Tron members if you like. We put your wealth in your hands.
-Platform Security
Crypto Tron will hold the vast majority of funds inside "cold" wallets. These wallets will be stored offline, limiting potential exposure to hackers. We will require use of two step authentication and white listing of wallet addresses for payouts. This limits the possibility of your funds being stolen by someone who gets momentary control of your account. We will also provide an option of email confirmation for withdrawals. If anything support will be available in multiple languages whenever needed – 24 hours a day.
-Interoperability
Crypto Tron will have a groundbreaking system allowing our users to seek arbitrage opportunities throughout crypto markets with up to 35 linked exchanges including Binance. Track winning traders and stack more sats. See graphs, check prices and find the latest news on your favorite coins.

ATM NETWORK AND LOCATIONS
CryptoTron will establish an ATM network through a number of popular destinations in Thailand where our estimates indicate there are between 20,000 to 300,000 daily visits at the first locations. This number will continue to increase as we install more ATMs in well-known shopping centers and airports. To begin, we aim to install up to 100 ATMs, with a goal to expand all over Thailand and then branch out to other markets internationally.

CRYPTO TRON SHOP
will be a brand-new shopping platform that allows the whole world to experience a simple and intuitive way to buy and sell anything to anyone, anywhere in the world with crypto and instant conversion to fiat. Simple easy and designed to work when you need it. It doesn’t matter what type of business you have, whether you use dropshipping, affiliate marketing, business to customer (B2C), business to business (B2B), or customer to customer (C2C), we have options for you. Reserve a Merchant spot for FREE. Register with us today.
Crypto Tron Shop will also provide a simple solution to accept payment in various cryptocurrencies at local stores with low transaction fees and give merchants the ability to instantly convert crypto payments into fiat. Initially, payments will be possible with CTE, TRX, BTC, BCH and ETH. Other currencies will be added later, depending on demand and other factors (such as active development and community support).

SHOP ADVANCED TOOLS
-Sell Anything
Crypto Tron Shop is for individuals and businesses whether big or small. Whether you sell physical products, digital products or services online you can sell with ease and peace of mind.
-Buy Anything
Crypto Tron Shop will bring you a wide variety of choices, and make it possible for you to find products you like and use easily. With a diverse group of sellers, we will truly be a buyer’s market.
-Pay Seamlessly
Payments can be made directly from the trading account, through debit or credit cards, and using your own crypto wallet. Automatically convert your crypto to cash, or spend your cash to get crypto.
-Retail Security
Crypto Tron Shop will verify everyone on the platform whether buyers or sellers to protect users on both sides. You’ll be able to track shipping and if you have a problem, our support is here to help. Have a dispute? We will arbitrate it and remove bad actors to ensure a safe and positive environment for everyone.
-Reasonable Fees
Buyers will use the platform free of charge. Sellers on the other hand will have fees of anywhere from 1 to 5% depending on sales volume. This is a sliding scale and at its highest level is still less than one-third the amount charged by other well-known sales platforms. The more you sell the less you pay. That’s the Crypto Tron way.
-Earnings
At Crypto Tron Shop we will allow users to dropship products from our platform or market our partners as an affiliate. Advertising materials will be available for use, too. You can also earn by using the Crypto Tron Shop application. Pay your commissions and save 70% using CTE token versus other cryptocurrencies.

CRYPTO TRON MOBILE APPS
An innovative application that will allow both crypto trading as well as shopping on the platform. Crypto Tron mobile app will allow you to access all parts of the Crypto Tron platform right from your android or iOS mobile phone. Use the app to stay informed on developments in the crypto world. Keep Crypto Tron Exchange in your pocket with all of our advanced tools which give you the fastest arbitrage and multi-exchange trading options available. Privately trade with other Crypto Tron users. Track professional traders and receive alerts when your favorite traders open a new position. Shop from anywhere in the world. Pay with crypto, and stay informed of discounts and offers from merchants. Merchants can customize their products to fit their needs. You can also earn by using the Crypto Tron app.

CTE TOKEN
is designed to offer more favorable fees for Crypto Tron services on Crypto Tron exchange and for paying commissions on Crypto Tron Shop, as well as for purchasing third party products and services at Crypto Tron Shop. Paying trading fees with CTE on the exchange is 70% lower than payment in other currencies. Payment of commissions at a shop with CTE is 30% cheaper than payment with other currencies. Shopping with CTE at the Crypto Tron shop will be additionally rewarded.

CTE CARES FUND
We’re building a platform that matters. At the same time as we are creating this platform, we commit to giving 20% of all fees raised with the CTE token to our Crypto Tron Cares Fund. This humanitarian fund will be used to support causes which help to improve lives around us, in Thailand and everywhere we reach. We will use the Tron blockchain to track and manage the growth of this fund over time and with that all real traffic on the platform will be visible. Everything will be in a publicly viewable address so that everything is open to view, discussion and even contribution by users. We will support worthy projects working to improve lives in Thailand and all over the world.

THE PROBLEMS WE ARE SOLVING
Most run-of-the-mill exchanges today only deal with cryptocurrencies. A significantly smaller number also deal with fiat currencies but are limited to using various bypasses primarily aimed at avoiding regulators. Exchanges also have difficulty in dealing with security tokens because of either lack of a bureaucratic direction, or they do not have the right licenses or needed infrastructure to operate them. By obtaining all the necessary licenses and adapting the infrastructure to the requirements of the regulators, we will ensure both business security and reliable access to different forms of pay-in and pay-out on the platform. Also, most users face the problem that existing exchanges do not offer user-friendly interfaces or provide advanced tools. Several have major security problems with the funds stored by a central exchange hot wallet or exit scams where the founders of the exchange run away with customer funds. Taxation is also problematic, as most exchanges keep their transaction history for a very limited short time. For all these shortcomings, we have found solutions that will be implemented on our platform as soon as they can be developed. More information on these solutions can be found below under the Crypto Tron advanced tools title in our white paper. Today's market of Internet-based sales is fraught with problems. People are growing tired of fees at traditional providers and cryptocurrency has not yet matured to address these issues. There are some smaller merchants that have offered both as options, but there is no online solution that would allow merchants to use a platform to sell products, services or set up an entire online store where they can accept payments in fiat and crypto currencies with instant conversion from crypto to fiat, while also offering the opportunity to take advantage of new ways of selling and advertising. The curtailed solutions available, however, are very expensive for vendors. This makes them uncompetitive. Fees for using online platforms range up to 20%. We will address these shortcomings in the Crypto Tron Shop, and will enable both fiat-based and cryptocurrency operations in accordance with the regulations. At the request of the merchant we will provide an instant change from crypto to fiat. And all this on much more favorable terms than they currently do on the multinational market. Our fees will be between 1% and 5%, CTE users will receive an additional discount.

WHY DID WE CHOOSE THE NAME CRYPTO TRON?
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Being based the in Kingdom of Thailand is excellent as Thailand is one of the few countries to have adopted all the necessary crypto regulations in 2019, including issuing security tokens for which we will also obtained a license, both for trading with STO and for issuing the STO. This provides certainty and additional protection for users because many competing exchanges work in a legal gray area and this exposes users to great risks. Crypto Tron is committed to work with relevant authorities including the Bank of Thailand, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Thai Board of Investment to uphold the law and maintain maximum quality of service for our users. Crypto Tron is currently in the process of obtaining the necessary licenses from all relevant authorities including the Bank of Thailand, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Thai Board of Investment. This is in order to ensure that Crypto Tron will become Thailand’s first legally established crypto exchange and retail platform. While we both welcome and support decentralization, we understand why centralization is sometimes needed to allow customers to know who they’re dealing with. For this reason we are a centralized project that will operate in accordance with all necessary licenses, including antimoney laundering and terrorist financing regulations.

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TOKEN DETAIL
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Token standard: TRC20
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All tokens are locked for 24 months
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Jewel Changi Airport Food, with better categories

Not sponsored. For the foodies who prefer unique experiences, better categorized. Made so foreigners don’t go reading “best Jewel Changi Airport food” articles and think only fast food options like A&W, Shake Shack and Pink Fish are worth eating in Jewel Changi.
While reporters, journalists, bloggers and Instagrammers swamp to the new Jewel Changi Airport reporting news about long queues for A&W, selected lists of eateries, and first looks to jump on the hype train, I’m taking a slower approach to bring you the real dining guide to maximizing your visit to Jewel by listing the directory of 112 dining options into better categories.
Disclaimer: Again, not sponsored, but I am a food bloggewriter wanna-be. I wrote a few articles researching the origins of certain foods.

Categorizing Method

I try to use community based reviews to support building this list. Within each category it’s arranged alphabetical order.
For Michelin awarded stalls: The awards don’t belong to the brand, but is given to only one of the stores. Since these stores all newly opened, any Michelin award refers to the other branch. Whether this translates to the store here is another matter.

Exciting Options Worth Trying

For Foreigners - Actual Local Food

Unique Singaporean food hits this category. Foreigners should eat something from this list.

FEI SIONG
#B2-267
Daily: 24 hours
Serves local noodles (Mee Pok, Bak Chor Mee, Fish ball noodles) and beverages (Teh/Tea, Coffee/Kopi). Not exciting for Singaporeans since Fei Siong is pretty commonly found in malls, but for foreigners this is a good gateway into our local cuisine. The company started in 1993 selling Fishball noodles, but expanded to become a chain of various food establishments serving local food.

FIVE SPICE
#B2-238/239/240
Daily: 24 hours
A food court serving a curated list of local food. In their own words, “ As the gateway to Singapore’s diverse food scene for travellers and locals alike, individually designed stalls are set up to encapsulate the flavours of local and neighbouring cuisines within Southeast Asia.” A good place to eat for all, travellers and locals alike.

FUN TOAST
#04-246
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Founded in 1941 serving Nanyang (South East Asia) coffee and kaya toasts. Not exciting for Singaporeans since pretty commonly found in malls, but for foreigners this is a good gateway into our local culture.

HAWKER
#B2-263
Daily: 24 hours
Serves Singapore-inspired burgers, wraps, and desserts, fast food form. A peek into our local culture if you only have 5 minutes to spare, but otherwise I don’t see much of a point for travellers. Somewhat exciting for Singaporeans since this is something we can call “McDonald’s with local flavors”, but won’t hit close to our ‘Must try’ lists.

JUMBO SEAFOOD
#03-202/203/204
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Opened in 1987. You can try our Chili crab and Black Pepper crabs here.

MAO SHAN WANG BY FOUR SEASONS DURIANS
#B2-227/228
Daily: 24 hours
It’s hard to say that Durian is uniquely Singaporean, since we import the fruit, but eating Durian is definitely part of the Singaporean experience. Serves a variety of durian desserts. Durian desserts are typically less strong than the actual fruit, so it can be a good starting point for those who want to try the fruit. Throughout history people actually like the fruit so don’t dismiss it without trying.

MR. COCONUT
#B2-268
Daily: 24 hours
Sells coconut drinks and coconut desserts.

OLD CHANG KEE
#B2-247
Daily: 24 hours
An old brand in Singapore with about 50 years of history. A good place to try curry puffs, spring rolls, yam cakes and other snacks. Halal.

POW SING
#B2-201/202
Daily: 6am – 12am
Opened in 1983 serving Hainanese Chicken Rice. Later on added Peranakan menu items. Reviews are average to good, so they probably won’t be the first choice to recommend, but they do serve a variety of food here and is a restaurant compared to normally recommended hawkers.

SONG FA BAK KUT TEH
#B2-278/279/280
Daily: 8am – 12am
Started as a food cart in the 1960s to a local chain serving Teochew-style Bak Kut Teh, a peppery pork soup typically served with pork ribs and traditionally eaten with tea. Michelin Bib Gourmand.

TIGER STREET LAB
#05-205
Daily: 9am – 3am
Tiger Beer is a local brand of beer. Not mentioned on Jewel Changi’s website, but they collaborated with local music and F&B group, Timbre and Tze Char stall Keng Eng Kee which has a Michelin Plate.

TOAST BOX
#B2-231
Daily: 24 hours
Like Fun Toast, but even more commonly found in malls. Serves Nanyang (South East Asia) coffee and kaya toasts. For foreigners another good gateway into our local culture.

VIOLET OON SINGAPORE
#01-205/206
Daily: 9am – 11pm
Serves Peranakan cuisine and dishes inspired by Singapore’s history. By Violet Oon, a food critic, chef-restaurateur, consultant, cookbook writer and expert on Peranakan and Singapore cuisine. Michelin Plate.

WHITE RESTAURANT
#02-245/246
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves White Bee Hoon/White Rice Vermicelli and other Tze Char. No, this isn’t Singapore Noodles… Although White Bee Hoon is claimed to be pretty unique to Singapore.

Other Good Stuff

BIRDS OF PARADISE (IN GOOD COMPANY)
#01-214/215/216
Daily: 12pm – 11pm
There isn't another Gelato shop like this - ditching all time favorites like chocolate and vanilla for White Chrysanthemum, Pandan, Strawberry Basil, which can be supplemented by a Thyme-infused cone. Not only made for the gram, it received stellar reviews from the community and then receiving a Michelin Plate. 2nd store in Singapore. Applying for Halal.

ICENOIE HOKKAIDO
#B2-243
Daily: 24 hours
An ice cream shop in Hokkaido’s Naganuma serving ice cream made with Hokkaido milk. Not Singaporean, and is actually the third store in Singapore, but they have small worldwide presence.

JAPANESE SOBA NOODLES TSUTA
#02-242
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Doesn’t have many stores, but famous because of Michelin. However their existing outlets in Singapore received pretty average reviews.

JW360°
#01-223/224/225
Daily: 9am – 11pm
A Japanese restaurant that serves a menu changing according to the seasons. By Suju Masayuki, a chef who runs 7 stores in Japan and 1 more in Orchard, Singapore.

KAM’S ROAST
#02-210
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Hong Kong restaurant serving roasts. Michelin starred.

KKO KKO NARA
#02-243
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Second store in Singapore. Serves Korean Fried Chicken. Seems to be popular with Korean expats and has good reviews.

RICH & GOOD CAKE SHOP™ SINCE 1997#01-232Daily: 9:00AM - 11:00PM
Like Birds of Paradise, South East Asian twist on a European snack. In this case, Swiss Rolls, but with a longer history of 20 years.

SHIKI HOTOTOGISU RAMEN
#B1-300
Daily: 10am – 10pm
New store by Sobahouse Konjikihototogisu, a Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo. As a different concept it offers 4 ramens featuring seasonal ingredients.

For Singaporeans

Options that are great for Singaporeans, but not necessarily for foreigners.

A&W
#B2-209
Daily: 24 hours
Came back to Singapore after 16 years. Exciting for Singaporeans maybe.
Waiting for Halal certification.

BURGER & LOBSTER
#05-203
Daily: 9am – 3am
First store in Singapore. Serves Burgers and Lobsters (duh) and Lobster Rolls.

SHAKE SHACK
#02-256
Daily: 10am – 10pm
First store in South East Asia.

International Brands with small overseas presence

Brands with small presence overseas. Most of them have existing chains in Singapore already, but can be exciting for Singaporeans and tourists alike.

CAFÉ MOROZOFF
#04-200
Daily: 10am – 10pm
3rd store in Singapore. Japanese confectionery and chocolatier with nearly a thousand shops in Japan.

[email protected]
#02-237
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Coffee house by the folks behind Paris Baguette and Maison de PB, which is by SPC Group, a Korean company. A pain to classify because they have so many brand names under SPC Group.

MAISON DE PB
#02-200
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Bakery cafe for Paris Baguette.

PARIS BAGUETTE SIGNATURE
#01-200
Daily: 24 hours

DAL.KOMM COFFEE
#B1-276
Daily: 10am – 10pm
A coffee chain by Korean mobile payment services company. Almost a hundred local chains in Korea, but only seven in Malaysia and this is the third in Singapore.

EGGS ‘N THINGS
#03-227/228
Daily: 10am – 10pm
A Hawaiian cafe chain opened in 1974 serving brunch style egg dishes and desserts like crepes and pancakes. Though, I thought was Japanese since they had a larger presence in Japan.

EMACK & BOLIO’S
#B2-234
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Ice cream store opened in 1975, Boston. Apparently Instagrammable.

HOSHINO COFFEE
#B1-260
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Has about 50 restaurants in Japan, and about 10 in Singapore. Serves Japanese Yoshoku, or Japanese style Western food.

JUEWEI
#B2-259
Daily: 24 hours
Mala flavored snacks or small bites like duck necks, chicken feet, fish ball with fish roes and lotus roots. They have over 9000 outlets worldwide (8000+ in China) but somehow still doesn’t have their own domain name…

KANE MOCHI
#B2-269
Daily: 24 hours
Opened in Bangkok in 2008. Sells Japanese Mochi.

LA LOLA CHURRERIA
#B2-274
Daily: 24 hours
Filipino-Spanish cafe serving Churros.

Läderach Chocolatier Suisse
#01-241
Daily: 9am - 11pm
Swiss chocolatier with sweet beginnings in 1962. Known for their FrischSchoggi (Fresh Chocolate) and very established in Switzerland. Though it does come with a price.

LADY M
#02-253
Daily: 10am – 10pm
New York brand selling Mille Crêpes, though what they sell isn’t tied to the cuisine of any country. Average reviews for the existing branches in Singapore.

PINK FISH
#B1-261/262
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Norwegian healthy fast food restaurant chain serving salmon dishes. Mixed reviews.

PIZZAEXPRESS
#03-230
Daily: 10am – 10pm
UK Pizzeria. 5th store in Singapore.

PIZZAMARU
#04-222
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Korean Pizzeria, with 650 stores across Korea, the United States, China and Hong Kong. Third chain in Singapore.

POTATO CORNER
#B2-264
Daily: 24 hours
Filipino brand selling fries.

SUAGE HOKKAIDO SOUP CURRY
#03-200
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves Hokkaido Soup Curry. Doesn’t have many chains (less than 10?), but it seems like the few stores in Hokkaido are very popular.

THE ALLEY
#B2-273
Daily: 24 hours
Bubble tea chain for the grammers. Has the most chains in China, though is opened in Taiwan.

TIM HO WAN
#02-223
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Hong Kong dim sum restaurant. Michelin starred.

TOKYO MILK CHEESE FACTORY & COW COW KITCHEN
#B2-265
Daily: 24 hours
Japanese cookies, cake, ice cream from a chain in Tokyo (9 stores, and 6 overseas). On another note, their slogan <“ほおがおちる” (Hoppe ga ochiru) which literally means “Your Cheeks Drop“> bothered me a bit since the Hiragana and romaji are different. Though, I don’t know enough Japanese culture to know if that is acceptable.

YUN NANS 云海肴 (Yunhaiyao)
#02-217
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Has over 150 stores in China, but this is their first outlet overseas.

LAVENDER
# B2-253 / 254
Daily: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Malaysian chain of bakery's first chain in Singapore. Prices are 2-3x compared to Malaysia, though the items might still be worth buying for the quality. Applying for Halal.

Established Local Brands

These are brands that Singaporeans will be familiar with. Not necessarily uniquely Singaporean food.
For Tourists and one-stop travellers: Most food here aren’t unique to Singapore, but may have a certain Singaporean flair to them.
Singaporeans: No reason to travel to Jewel just to eat this.

A-ONE SIGNATURE
#B2-200
Daily: 24 hours
Established in 2008 and serves Southern Chinese and South East Asian Chinese claypot dishes. Familiar taste to Singaporean Chinese, but not entirely unique. About 20 outlets in Singapore.

BEAUTY IN THE POT
#B2-224/225/226
Daily: 10am – 6am
A concept by the Paradise Group, which was established in 2002, serving hot pots that are really more Chinese than Singaporean.

DIAN XIAO ER
#B2-229
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Chinese restaurant opened in 2002 serving their Signature Herbal Roasted Duck and other Southern Chinese dishes. 12th outlet in Singapore.

LENU
#04-244/245
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Another concept by the Paradise Group. Serves Chinese noodles.

MR BEAN
#B2-271
Daily: 24 hours
Serves soy bean related drinks and snacks.

PARADISE CLASSIC
#04-244/245
Daily: 10am – 10pm

PUTIEN
#02-249
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves Heng Hwa or Putian food. It’s focus is on the flavors from Fujian, China, so this definitely isn’t uniquely Singaporean. However Putian flavors became popular very quickly and can now be found in many food courts and hawker centers. One Michelin Star.

SAMSUI
#03-201
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Opened in 1991, now has about 15 locations in Singapore. Known for their Samsui Ginger Chicken, a traditional dish made by Samsui women in Singapore during the 1920s to 1940s and Herbal Soups. Samsui Ginger Chicken is also known as White Cut Chicken or Bai Qie Ji in China and Hong Kong, so it remains debatable as to whether this should be something foreigners must try.

SHANG SOCIAL
#01-219/220/221/222
Daily: 9am – 11pm
By Shangri-La, a hotel and hospitality group. Serves Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Sichuan cuisine.

TONKATSU BY MA MAISON
#02-211
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Opened in Singapore by a Japanese 37 years ago, serving Japanese Yoshoku or Japanese-style Western dishes.

TWELVE CUPCAKES
#B2-245
Daily: 24 hours
Opened in 2011, sells cupcakes.

Newer Local Brands

Brands opened in Singapore usually to introduce new food or cuisines to Singapore.
For Tourists and one-stop travellers: Avoid if your aim is to find food unique to Singapore. Great if you just want to eat the world and don’t care about Singaporean food.
Singaporeans: No reason to travel to Jewel just to eat this, though can be worth trying if you haven’t ate at the other branches.

ALOHA POKÉ
#05-200
Daily: 9am – 3am
Opened in 2014 or slightly after. Serves Hawaiian Poké.

AN ACAI AFFAIR
#B2-262
Daily: 24 hours
Opened in 2016. Serves Acai Bowl.

ARTEASTIQ BISTRO
#05-201
Daily: 9am – 3am
Tea lounge opened in 2010. Serves European cuisine. 3rd location in Singapore.

CAFÉ AMAZON
#04-225
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves single origin Thai coffee and some light bites.

D’GOOD CAFE
#01-227
Daily: 9am – 11pm
3rd outlet. Serves a variety of European fare, coffee, tea and desserts.

EL FUEGO BY COLLIN’S
#02-216
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Collin’s started from hawker Western stall which then became a pretty well known local brand serving local Western fare. Halal.

GOCHI-SO SHOKUDO
#B1-288
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Japanese restaurant serving Iberico pork dishes. 4th outlet.

I LOVE TAIMEI
#B2-258
Daily: 10am – 12am
Taiwan style fried chicken. Light bites.

JINJJA CHICKEN
#B1-247
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves a variety of Korean fast food. Halal.

MALA MALA
#B2-266
Daily: 24 hours
Sells packaged Mala potato chips and snacks.

NECTAR
#03-213
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Greek yogurt froyos, acai, fruit bowls. Healthy food.

NINE FRESH
#B2-244
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Taiwanese desserts. Bean curd pudding and chin chow are actually somewhat similar to our Tau huays and chin chow.
PAZZION CAFÉ
#B1-243/244
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Fashion brand’s cafe.

PRIVÉ
#05-204
Daily: 9am – 3am
Serves Brunch, pastas, and Asian food. More of a good place to chill.

RUMOURS BAR & GRILL
#05-207
Daily: 9am – 3am
Though I put this here it has only one other outlet in Singapore and one more in Bali. Bar and Grill.

SAMA SAMA BY TOK TOK
#03-225/226
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Tok Tok opened in 2016 as a pretty new concept of introducing authentic Indonesian food. Halal.

SANKRANTI
#03-229
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Family business serving Andhra Pradesh and North Indian cuisine. Halal.

SANKRANTI, CHANGI EXPRESS
#B2-246
Daily: 24 hours
Fast Food version. Halal.

SWATOW KITCHEN 汕头小吃
#B2-257
Daily: 24 hours
A small chain of restaurants serving Teochew cuisine from Swatow, Guangdong. Opened in 2010, though there was another “Swatow Restaurant Group” that closed in 1992. I have no idea whether these two chains are affiliated. From the name, this branch seems to serve small bites.

TAPAS CLUB
#03-220/221/222
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves Spanish, run by Jose Alonso, the head chef of Binomio restaurant.

TANUKI RAW
#05-202
Daily: 9am – 3am
Serves a fusion of Japanese and American.

TONITO LATIN AMERICAN KITCHEN
#02-248
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves Latin American food from places such as Peru, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. Co-owned by Chef Daniel Chavez, a Peruvian chef.

New Concepts

New brands that nobody knows how they will fare.
AC KAFE
#04-223
Daily: 10am – 10pm
New concept. Designer-Art Toys themed cafe. Not opened yet but apparently serves Japanese food.

BIG BIRD
#B2-225
Daily: 24 hours
Serves Chicken and Rice dishes.

HERIT8GE
#05-206
Daily: 9am – 3am
European with local flavors. Definitely not traditional local, so I find it hard to introduce this to any foreigners. For locals, fusion dishes are always a hit or miss, so the reception remains to be seen.

NAIISE ICONIC
#02-205/206
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Coming soon.

O’TAH
#B2-241
Daily: 24 hours
Otah, a grilled fish cake, is a snack that many love to eat here. O’TAH doesn’t serve the traditional version but instead serves contemporary versions, serving it as fries and placing it into burgers. Halal.

PROJECT PIZZA
#B2-260
Daily: 24 hours
Takeaway pizzas. Halal.

Xiao Bin Lou 小滨楼
#02-208/209
Daily: 10am – 10pm
A restaurant in Chongqing, China. Jewel’s site says this is popular in Chongqing, but while there are online reviews, it seems mixed and looks generally unreliable.

YU’S KITCHEN
#03-208
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Four dining institutions from Chongqing are aggregated here; Wu Wonton, Zhengdong Dan Dan Noodles, De Yuan and Qiu Er Guan. Regardless of their reputation back in Chongqing, the initial reviews for Yu’s Kitchen seem to be really bad.

Big International Brands

Brands you probably already heard of unless you live under a rock. Have hundreds of chains around the world.
For Tourists and one-stop travellers: Safe options with good quality control and consistent standards. Avoid if your aim is to find food unique to Singapore.
Singaporeans: No reason to travel to Jewel just to eat this.

ANDERSEN’S OF DENMARK
#04-218
Daily: 9am – 11pm

AUNTIE ANNE’S
#B2-272
Daily: 10am – 10pm

BOOST JUICE BARS
#B2-261
Daily: 24 hours

BURGER KING
#B2-235/236
Daily: 24 hours
Halal

CAFÉ&MEAL MUJI
#02-227/228/229
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Cafe for Japanese retail company. Put in this category because their main business isn’t F&B.

DIN TAI FUNG
#03-214/215
Daily: 10am – 10pm

DUNKIN’ DONUTS
#B2-270
Daily: 24 hours

EARLE SWENSEN’S
#03-219
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Extension brand of Swensen’s. Halal.

KFC
#B2-275/276/277
Daily: 7am – 12am
Halal.

SUBWAY
#B2-223
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Halal.

MOS CAFÉ
#B2-211
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Mos Burger, a Japanese fast food chain. Cafe version.

SIGNATURE KOI
#01-K206
Daily: 24 hours
Started in Taiwan and has chains all over Asia.

STARBUCKS
#01-K207
Daily: 24 hours

STARBUCKS
#02-204
Daily: 9am – 11pm

Hard to recommend

This list serves food generally hard to recommend for various reasons, especially towards people who are more familiar with the cuisine.

CEDELE BAKERY KITCHEN
#B1-259
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Bakery opened in 1997. Over 30 outlets in Singapore.

COMMONS
#B1-289/290
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Halal.

HOT TOMATO
#04-229
Daily: 10am – 10pm

JACK’S PLACE
#04-219
Daily: 10am – 10pm

ITACHO SUSHI
#B2-210
Daily: 10am – 11pm

O’COFFEE CLUB
#B2-242
Daily: 24 hours
Opened in 1991, though not particularly famous. The lack of reviews online despite the relatively long history makes this hard to recommend.

O’COFFE CLUB ROASTERY
#03-216/218
Daily: 10am – 10pm
See above

SAAP SAAP THAI
#B1-299
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Thai food. Halal.

SO PHO
#B1-248
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves Vietnamese food. Opened by a Katrina Group, a local food company bringing in cuisines from overseas. Halal.

STUFF’D
#B2-256
Daily: 24 hours
Serves kebabs, burritos and bowls. Relatively new, but its popularity meant that it is now all over the place. I would ask people familiar with Mexican and Turkish to avoid this, even though I don’t know too much about either cuisines. Halal.

SUSHI TEI
#03-209
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Serves sushi. Singapore brand that has 81 outlets in 9 different countries.

THAIEXPRESS SIGNATURE
#03-223/224
Daily: 10am – 10pm

Edit 1: Added Halal info and Lavender.
Edit 2: Slight shifting around and added a longer description for Birds of Paradise. Added Laderach.
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Things To Do: August 19th to 25th

Here's our usual list of events to kick off your week! We also post things to do ideas on our app (iOS, Android, Website) and Instagram

Monday August 19th
P!nk: Beautiful Trauma World Tour @ Scotiabank Arena | 7 PM
Rival Sons @ Canadian National Exhibition | 7 PM
CNE Bandshell @ City of Toronto | 7 PM
Patio + Beer = Party! @ Henderson Brewing Co | 4 PM
Doyle Bramhall II - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern | 8 PM

Tuesday August 20th
Knotfest Roadshow featuring: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth @ Budweiser Stage | 5 PM
Spencer Sutherland @ The Rivoli | 7 PM
Venus Fest presents Gauche / Nyssa / Bad Waitress @ The Baby G | 8 PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia @ Hemingway's | 6 PM
MarketingTO August 2019 @ OneEleven | 6 PM
Summer of '89 & Designing The Movies: Slaves Of New York - 35mm! @ Revue Cinema | 6 PM
Conex: The Content Experience @ The Royal Conservatory | 12 PM
Lecture: How to Learn Japanese Kanji @ The Japan Foundation, Toronto | 6 PM

Wednesday August 21st
Conex: The Content Experience @ The Royal Conservatory | 12 PM
Movie Nights in the Park - First Man (Kew Gardens) @ Kew Gardens | 8 PM
Anime! At the Revue: Ninja Scroll: The Motion Picture (1993) @ Revue Cinema | 7 PM
Ken Boothe @ Canadian National Exhibition | 7 PM
Brittany Brooks & The Saddle Pals @ Dakota Tavern | 7 PM
Evening Alchemy in the Park @ Christie Pits Park | 6 PM
Young Professionals Networking by The Hip Haus - August 21st, 2019 @ Thompson Toronto | 5 PM

Thursday August 22nd
Conex: The Content Experience @ The Royal Conservatory | 12 PM
Suits & Scrums: An Evening with the 2019 Canadian Rugby World Cup Team @ Steam Whistle Brewing Co. | 6 PM
Cureapalooza Volume III @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre | 7 PM
Fuckup Nights Toronto x Slack: A Journey of Failure Through Her Eyes @ Slack| 6 PM
Mabuhay Philippines Festival Gala @ Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel | 7 PM
Droids Invade FanExpo! @ FAN EXPO Canada | 5 PM
FAN EXPO Canada 2019 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre | 4 PM
African Fashion Week Toronto @ City of Toronto | 5 PM
Connect - Social Networking for Young Professionals @ Thompson Toronto | 6 PM
Penguin Teen Screen: Hackers (1995) w/ Arvin Ahmadi @ Revue Cinema | 6 PM
Time After Time Capsule Workshop and Event @ The Japan Foundation, Toronto | 5 PM
Kensington Brewing Co. 2 Year Birthday Party! @ Kensington Brewing Company | 2 PM
Music Trivia - Name That Tune 5.1 @ Hemingway's | 6 PM
Cureapalooza Volume III @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre | 7 PM
Crocs & More End Of Summer Warehouse Sale @ Markham Fairgrounds | 10 AM
Victorian Gothic @ Mackenzie House | 7 PM
Go Bang - Bricks&Glitter 2019 @ Lula Lounge | 6 PM

Friday August 23rd
FAN EXPO Canada 2019 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre | 4 PM
African Fashion Week Toronto @ City of Toronto (6 Elm Ave) | 5 PM
Zoo After Dark: Bats & Beverages (19+) @ The Toronto Zoo | 8 PM
TAIWANfest 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre | 6 PM
Kanto Night Food Fest - Warming Up (Day 1/3) @ Market 707 | 6 PM
Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour @ Scotiabank Arena | 7 PM
Avengerz - Fan Expo Friday After Party @ The Rec Room Toronto | 9 PM
AGA-SHIO @ Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre | 7 PM
Baauer at Toybox @ Toybox | 10 PM
JETS (Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum) at Velvet Underground - Aug 23 @ Velvet Underground | 10 PM
Zeppelinesque at The Horseshoe Tavern @ Horseshoe Tavern | 9 PM
Live on the Patio: Josh Q and The Trade-Offs @ Roy Thomson Hall | 5 PM
Bandit Birthday Bash 2019 @ Kensington Market | 9 PM
Wall Street (in 35mm) - Neon Dreams @ The Royal Cinema - Toronto | 8 PM
Salsa All Stars @ Dovercourt House | 8 PM
Leather Jacuzzi • Priors • Dates • LICE6 @ The Baby G | 8 PM
Hack The 6ix 2019 @ Bahen Centre for Information Technology | 6 PM
Toronto Cider Festival - Celebrating 5 Years @ Sherbourne Common | 1 PM
Âme (live) @ CODA | 10 PM
April Wine @ Canadian National Exhibition | 7 PM
Dumpster Raccoon's Summer of Verhoeven: Showgirls (1995) @ Revue Cinema | 9 PM
Peter Pan The Musical @ Randolph Theatre | 7 PM
Heart of the Matter - a Bricks & Glitter Affiliated Event @ The 519 | 7 PM
Summer Sidewalk Sale @ The Junction Market | 10 AM

Saturday August 24th
FAN EXPO Canada 2019 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre | 4 PM
African Fashion Week Toronto @ City of Toronto (6 Elm Ave) | 5 PM
TAIWANfest 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre | 6 PM
Hack The 6ix 2019 @ Bahen Centre for Information Technology | 6 PM
Toronto Cider Festival - Celebrating 5 Years @ Sherbourne Common | 1 PM
Blue Rodeo With Special Guests Sam Roberts Band & The Devin Cuddy Band @ Budweiser Stage | 7 PM
Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact @ BMO Field | 7 PM
Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour @ Scotiabank Arena | 7 PM
The 6 boat Championship Party @ Harbourfront | 9 PM
Leslieville Beerfest 2019 @ Leslieville | 1 PM
Plantain - Afro-Caribbean Music Festival @ Fort York National Historic Site | 3 PM
The Deadstock Depot — Vintage Streetwear Flea Market @ The Deadstock Depot | 1 PM
Brazilian Heat at Cabana Pool Bar @ Cabana Pool Bar | 1 PM
Jann Arden: These Are The Days @ Canadian National Exhibition | 7 PM
Sahra On The Lake Dinner Boat Cruise Party! سهرة @ Harbourfront | 6 PM
Mabuhay Philippines Festival @ Nathan Phillips Square | 12 PM
Afro Caribbean Vegan Evening Market @ The 519 | 4 PM
Summer of '89/Throwback Cinema: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade @ Revue Cinema | 1 PM
Tamil Fest 2019 @ Scarborough (Markham Road) | 12 PM
Metatone 005 // Nukid // One Loft @ One Loft Lounge | 10 PM
Big Rock Concert Series: Dead Tired at The Horseshoe Tavern @ Horseshoe Tavern | 9 PM
Drunken Cinema: Beverly Hills Cop (1984) @ Revue Cinema | 9 PM
Gimme More SexyBack: Britney & JT Dance Party @ Mod Club Theatre | 10 PM
NRB Night with NOBLE @ Toronto Pavilion | 6 PM
8th Annual Afro-Carib Fest @ Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Civic Centre | 12 PM
Rockin' On The Water in The 6ix- All White Boatride Weekend Getaway @ Harbourfront | 1 PM
Yohomo Patio - Queer Daytime Party @ Assembly Chef's Hall | 2 PM
Khamsehshow Toronto - Alireza Khamseh Stand-up Comedy Tour @ Jane Mallett Theatre at St Lawrence Centre | 9 PM
2sqtbipoc POOL PARTY @ Regent Park | 7 PM
Butch Haller @ Dakota Tavern | 10 PM
Toronto Bicycle Music Festival 10: Communism, Abigail Lapell @ Trinity Bellwoods Park | 11 AM
Absolut’s Empire’s Ball Season Finale @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre | 7 PM

Sunday August 25th
FAN EXPO Canada 2019 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre | 4 PM
African Fashion Week Toronto @ City of Toronto (6 Elm Ave) | 5 PM
TAIWANfest 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre | 6 PM
Hack The 6ix 2019 @ Bahen Centre for Information Technology | 6 PM
Toronto Cider Festival - Celebrating 5 Years @ Sherbourne Commons| 1 PM
Mabuhay Philippines Festival @ Nathan Phillips Square | 12 PM
Tamil Fest 2019 @ Scarborough (Markham Road) | 12 PM
8th Annual Afro-Carib Fest @ Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Civic Centre | 12 PM
2019 Toronto Stationery Show @ The Great Hall Toronto | 11 AM
CP Women's Open - Sunday Pass. @ Magna Golf Club | 7 AM
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ REBEL | 7 PM
Flying Lotus in 3D @ The Danforth Music Hall | 7 PM
SHEspars Muay Thai Seminar @ York Muay Thai | 11 AM
Til Sunset Island Party @ Artscape Gibraltar Point | 1 PM
Mark Knopfler @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts | 8 PM
Kensington Market Art Fair @ Kensington Market | 12 PM

Ongoing Events
Staycation Sundays @ Downtown Toronto | On until August 25th
Evergreen's Summer Wednesdays @ Evergreen Brick Works | On until August 28th
Dancing on the Pier 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre | On until August 29th
Shakespeare in High Park @ High Park | On until September 1st
Yoga in the Square Series @ City Cinema | On until September 2nd
Toronto Island Night SUP Adventure @ Toronto Island SUP | On until September 7th
Summer Music in the Garden 2019 @ Downtown Toronto | On until September 15th
College Street Beats @ City of Toronto | On until September 15th
Ghosts & Grenadiers - Tales of the Howards in High Park @ High Park | On until September 26th
Outdoor Movies 2019 @ Downtown Toronto | On until September 21st
The Gem Expo - Toronto @ The Gem Expo | On until November 3rd
3rd Monday Nights Free @ Royal Ontario Museum | On until March 16th

Farmers' Markets
Top Farmers' Markets|Support your local farmers

Weekly Freebies & Discounts
Freebies & Discounts|Living in the city is expensive, we can all use a break sometimes

Fun Ideas
Top Patios |Spend the afternoon people watching
Campsites Near The City|Your getaway is closer than you think
Summer Day Trips|Live up your summer with these quick getaways
Fun Things To Try| Life is too short to be bored
Summer Music Festivals|Rage season is finally here
Graffiti Streets|Toronto's most remarkable street art
Beaches|10 of Toronto's best relaxation destinations
Day Trips|Take a spontaneous day trip away from Toronto
Summer Indoor Activities|Enjoy all the summer fun without bearing the heat
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$150k/month selling women's dresses.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Sasithon Bella of The Kewl Shop, a brand that sells bandage & bodycon dresses
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hi there, my names Sasithon, or Sasi for short and I run The Kewl Shop together with my husband, Charles. I’m Thai and spent my formative years in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Charles is British.
Our flagship products are designer bandage and bodycon dresses, a style of dress made famous by a host of celebrities including the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian. Bandage dresses are form-fitting dresses that slim your shape and show off your curves. They work a lot like shapewear, and you honestly do feel like a million bucks wearing one.
We sell these stunning dresses worldwide although 90% of our orders are in the USA. Our customers range from 16 to 18-year-old girls wanting to look vibrant and turn heads to women in their 60’s and beyond with a zest for life.
We have quite a few men who love to wear our dresses. They value the time and effort we spend with them on live chat helping to find the right fit and style. These customers prove how universally favorite a well fitted high-quality dress is. And how happy we are to welcome customers from all walks of life.
It took us three and a half years to sell 10,000 dresses, our first $1m. In 2019 we expect to sell 10,000 dresses by September. It’s been an exciting journey.

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

Our story starts with Charles who already had The Kewl Shop up and running when I met him in 2012. At the time he worked for a large investment bank and wanted a way out. The Kewl Shop was his dream (and his idea for the name), although it is the two of us that built the business into what it is today.
Charles analytical skills and his ability to get under the covers of SEO, PPC, and SEM - ultimately to drive visitors to the website - and my product knowledge and connections into the dressmaking market in Asia are the ingredients that made it happen.
The Kewl Shop didn’t start sexy. It showcased everything from CD’s to iPhone covers before we realized we needed to slim down our offering, and become experts on what we sold.
This decision turned out to be a crucial turning point. It allowed us to keep the website small, manageable and to demonstrate to our customers that we know our products. It’s this in-depth focus on a reduced range that a lot of would-be entrepreneurs fail at, especially those in dropshipping.
However, we didn’t know what to sell.
I’m a bandage dress guru, I love them and have been wearing them since I was a teenager. At the time I was selling them to my followers on Facebook and had built up a few contacts in China with dressmaking factories. My little business wasn’t going anywhere great, so I discussed it with Charles as potentially a product we could sell into a broader more international market.
Charles did the research, and voila we had a product that we knew would work. And we knew then it was only us, our decisions and actions from that point on that would make or break us. Success was solely in our hands.
To backtrack - There are many reasons why becoming an authority on what you sell is essential. Displaying you know your stuff in product descriptions, blogs and generally on the website generates trust with your customers. Google also loves it because you are adding value and producing great content when you know your subject matter well.
You’re also not wasting money. With this approach, we could afford to take striking product images and invest in building a website with real depth, one that we loved, and knew our customers would enjoy. Finally, we could invest in paid advertising knowing that we were sending visitors to landing pages that they found desirable and in line with what they wanted.

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

We’re in the dress market, it’s fiercely competitive and dominated by huge brands with budgets much more significant than ours. We needed to walk before we could run.
The solution was a two week trip to China, the City of Guangzhou, bandage dress making capital of the world. The city is dotted with dress factories and markets and with the right contacts a wealth of opportunity.
We left Guangzhou with agreements to take the excess stock off three or four factories, but only when we made a sale. These agreements worked for both parties, the factories now had the possibility of dress sales that they didn’t have before, and we had access to stock at no upfront cost. Yes, these dress styles might have been a little dated, but we considered them classics.
We brought samples back with us, hired a few models, made some striking images and had the beginnings of a range of bandage dresses to display on The Kewl Shop.
A set of branded packaging and labels was the next step. And these were sent to the dress factories that held “our” stock. From that point onwards, each time we made a sale we placed an order with our factory, they attached our branding to the dress and shipped directly to our customers. It has become a lot more complicated (and better controlled) since, but that was how we started.
Today we design and make approximately 40% of the dresses we sell - I try to keep the designs classic with only slight variations on previously successful styles. The remainder I select and purchase directly from factories in Guangzhou. Some of these dresses are excess stock in these factories, others they tender to us as new designs they’d like us to sell. We also employ a small team in Guangzhou to oversee the process and to ensure the quality is perfect.
And instead of shipping directly from China we hold our stock in a warehouse in Traverse City, Michigan. Holding stock locally allows us to send to customers much faster, and generally to keep better control of things.

Describe the process of launching the business.

I would call this morphing as opposed to launching. The business has had many iterations and becomes slightly more successful through each.
After our Guangzhou visit, we had the makings of a successful business. It was just a matter of perfecting our online offering and importantly getting some volume in our visitor numbers.
We hired an IT developer out of India and a graphic designer from the Philippines to develop the website. We worked with them for about three months to get our online presence to a state we loved. Not just looking pretty but executing with speed and simple to navigate.
Charles was in charge of conversion rate optimization (having mastered its nuances through multiple weeks of study), and I added the feminine touches and overall look and feel. We do continue to work with both Vicky and Amir to this day because this process never indeed ends.
Our approach kept things flexible and cheap. And although it took time, it gave us the breathing space to get it right. We were entirely in charge and on the line for what we delivered. And we outsourced nothing except raw IT and graphic design expertise.
Our approach to visitor numbers has always been to focus on SEO. Once again Charles became a student devouring everything SEO. We targeted keywords, developed uniqueness in our product descriptions and expanded our website content. We started a blog to showcase our expertise and authority in our dresses.
And we benchmarked ourselves regularly against everything Google, making sure we stayed within their guidelines. SEO is a long term game, and although we have seen considerable success (we generate a few thousand free visitors a day through SEO), it didn’t happen fast.
To fill the gap we looked at paid visitors.
Yes, you’ve guessed it. Once again my rock, my loving husband turned his hand to Google Ads and Facebook Advertising, after briefly looking at Pinterest and Twitter. He’s a bit of a math nut and one morning raised his head out of his 50mb Excel spreadsheet and said: “Baby I’ve got it.” And he did get it. Today we supplement our free SEO visitors with paid from Google Ads and Facebook with a monthly spend (during our peak season) exceeding $30k, mostly on Facebook. We outsource none of this spend to agencies.
If I timeline all of this, our first Guangzhou visit was in mid-2012 and from that point onwards I was full time employed by The Kewl Shop. Charles continued to work in his corporate role for another 18 months stopping in December 2013. The entire exercise funded from savings initially, some credit cards and then bootstrapped from sales.
We’ve been profitable since December 2013 but only nominally so. It took until December 2016 for us to be able to rely on the business to support us and there have been some extremely dark times in between.
I couldn’t put a figure on how much you need to start an online business because it just depends. But I think we did it with less than $100k (mistakes and all) and today own the company outright. In retrospect, we could have done it a lot cheaper, but that doesn’t count of course.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Our approach has always been to build value in our brand. And primarily we do this through a quality offering, not only in the dresses we sell but also the online content we produce and the way we deal with our customers. Because of our focus on the brand, we don’t do anything on Amazon, eBay or similar.
We believe e-commerce is a long term game, and we want to as far as possible own everything at the end of it.
So this is what we do to maximize the growth of our brand.
First and foremost we make sure our product is the highest quality we can offer for its price - our quality assessment team in Guangzhou is second to none, and I’m painful about everything being perfect. Then we support the product with exemplary customer service. A fast, efficient delivery, tracking of packages to the customer's door, 24-hour customer service, live chat, and regular email and SMS updates go a long way to accomplish this.
Secondly, everything online is in a constant loop. We capture email addresses and telephone numbers for SMS updates. We send abandoned cart and abandoned product messages to bring customers back to the site. And to an extent, we retarget customers through paid ads. For those visitors that aren’t interested in buying, we give them Adsense ads to leave our site, and this generates healthy gains.
We write blogs that are relevant to our dresses. For instance, we have detailed posts on “What is a bandage dress” “How to choose a cocktail dress for your body type,” “Your guide on what to wear to a white party,” “Sultry dress styles to wear on Valentines Day” and “What to wear to Mardi Gras” as examples. These articles showcase our dresses, generating interest and broader brand awareness.
We’re reasonably active on social media, in other words, we post to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter daily. Other than Pinterest we don’t see a lot of organic visitors through social media. Social is one area we are undecided about, particularly influencer marketing. We’re just not sure it can be done without overspending and so haven’t spent any time or money on it. I’ll let Charles do his research and come up with some answers, but at the moment it’s not a focus.
Lastly, we advertise, mainly on Facebook and Google.
On Google, we are only doing Search and target keywords directly associated with our dresses. This approach fills search demand - potential customers who are seeking with an intent to buy. We don’t do any Shopping Ads because they are costly for our product categories. We also don’t do anything on the Display Network, because rightly or wrongly we think Facebook is better for brand building.
Our Facebook ads are all prospecting. However, we allow Facebook to retarget visitors they have previously prospected (within our suite of prospecting ads). This approach is complicated to explain, but Charles believes that stand-alone retargeting or remarketing is loss-making, despite what the consensus is. And I think he is right.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Today I’d say our biggest asset is consistency. It’s taken us seven years to understand what works and what doesn’t and now we do the things that work. Over and over again, every day, but each day growing a little bigger. Yes, it can be boring, but I prefer dull, safe and profitable.
Our dresses sell for $130 on average. Our average order value is just over $200 and our customer lifetime value around $400. From this, we generate a gross profit of 40%. We spend a targeted 18% on marketing, leaving us with a net gain of 22%.
At the moment we are doing about 30 to 50 orders a day from approximately 3500 to 5000 daily visitors. Sales and visitor numbers are however seasonal, and we have some dry weeks. I’m writing this in January, and we are roughly double our January sales from 12 months ago. This trend is consistent for our peak periods but less so in our quieter months over the summer.
All our sales are through our online store. We either ship USPS from Traverse City or when necessary DHL or FedEx from Guangzhou. Delivery is a consistent three to five business days regardless, and we offer free shipping worldwide. Operationally I feel we are streamlined, with few recurring issues.
We have about 15,000 email subscribers, 50k Facebook followers, 20k on IG and 10k on Pinterest.
Our expansion plans are to do more of the same, growing sales and marketing spend in a sound loop. There is tremendous opportunity in our market, and we are genuinely a minnow compared to our closest competitors. Focusing on growing our base gives us the best return on our time and money, so this is what we primarily do.
Interestingly (and unusually for a small e-commerce business) we run Adsense on the site. Adsense was Charles brainwave after testing the impact on conversion and engagement rates. It’s not a vast earner but has potential (at the moment around $50/day) and provides additional impetus for us to expand the blog. It’s also opening up some ideas to monetize the blog through affiliate and referral sales. So in this respect, we feel the business is well balanced, with a few different sources of income we can tap.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

There are two critical points in the development of The Kewl Shop.
The first was the decision to reduce the product range to a single style of dress and become an authority on it. This down-scaling allowed us to focus on developing a meaningful presence that added value to our visitors. We just got better at everything from that point onwards.
The second was to stop believing in “expert advice” and instead start acquiring knowledge ourselves. In the beginning, we employed an SEO firm and ended up with a Google penalty for spammy links. Around the same time, we hired a PPC specialist and got confused about how successfully their approach performed for us. We took huge losses from both these endeavors.
SEO is not complicated, and neither is PPC or SEM. My advice is to acquire these skills and implement them as you see fit. After all, you understand your business better than any consultant can. And if you ever need to employ a specialist, you’ll critique what they are saying.
Lastly, I would emphasize putting in place a plan. One that outlines what you’d like to achieve, by when, how much it will cost and how you will pay for it. Read your plan every day, benchmark yourself against it and amend where necessary. Discuss it with a mentor or your partners to ensure it is sound and then see it through to success.
Never give up. It’s true, the difference between success and failure is nothing more than grit and persistent although you must be following a sound plan.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

We host The Kewl Shop on Shopify. It suits us at the moment although we are aware that it’s a dependency we probably want to remove at some point in the future.
We use the following apps:

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

Anything by Rand Fishkin and Moz. His story is tremendous, and he has a no-nonsense, integrity-filled approach to SEO.
Google Quality Raters Guidelines for a deep insight into what Google wants.
Facebook Ads guidance for everything on Facebook Ads. You don’t need to read anything from any expert or self-proclaimed Facebook ad guru because Facebook explains it perfectly well themselves - and their advice is free.
Same for Google Ads. Go straight to the source of knowledge.
The demise of Nasty Gal because it's a lesson in how to manage success.
Fashion Nova’s approach to social media. They have built an empire off social media influencers.
Instead of wasting time on YouTube, immerse yourself in Tedx.
Any books on maintaining a positive mental attitude, and believing in yourself. Find one that resonates with you and read it over and over again. Eliminate all negative thoughts, stay positive no matter what. Develop faith and persistence.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

The biggest mistake I see people making is thinking that e-commerce, especially dropshipping will make you rich, fast. And they are then buying into schemes offered by gurus and experts.
This thinking is just not real. And I think I’ve answered why above.

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
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$150k/month selling women's dresses.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Sasithon Bella of The Kewl Shop, a brand that sells bandage & bodycon dresses
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hi there, my names Sasithon, or Sasi for short and I run The Kewl Shop together with my husband, Charles. I’m Thai and spent my formative years in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Charles is British.
Our flagship products are designer bandage and bodycon dresses, a style of dress made famous by a host of celebrities including the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian. Bandage dresses are form-fitting dresses that slim your shape and show off your curves. They work a lot like shapewear, and you honestly do feel like a million bucks wearing one.
We sell these stunning dresses worldwide although 90% of our orders are in the USA. Our customers range from 16 to 18-year-old girls wanting to look vibrant and turn heads to women in their 60’s and beyond with a zest for life.
We have quite a few men who love to wear our dresses. They value the time and effort we spend with them on live chat helping to find the right fit and style. These customers prove how universally favorite a well fitted high-quality dress is. And how happy we are to welcome customers from all walks of life.
It took us three and a half years to sell 10,000 dresses, our first $1m. In 2019 we expect to sell 10,000 dresses by September. It’s been an exciting journey.

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

Our story starts with Charles who already had The Kewl Shop up and running when I met him in 2012. At the time he worked for a large investment bank and wanted a way out. The Kewl Shop was his dream (and his idea for the name), although it is the two of us that built the business into what it is today.
Charles analytical skills and his ability to get under the covers of SEO, PPC, and SEM - ultimately to drive visitors to the website - and my product knowledge and connections into the dressmaking market in Asia are the ingredients that made it happen.
The Kewl Shop didn’t start sexy. It showcased everything from CD’s to iPhone covers before we realized we needed to slim down our offering, and become experts on what we sold.
This decision turned out to be a crucial turning point. It allowed us to keep the website small, manageable and to demonstrate to our customers that we know our products. It’s this in-depth focus on a reduced range that a lot of would-be entrepreneurs fail at, especially those in dropshipping.
However, we didn’t know what to sell.
I’m a bandage dress guru, I love them and have been wearing them since I was a teenager. At the time I was selling them to my followers on Facebook and had built up a few contacts in China with dressmaking factories. My little business wasn’t going anywhere great, so I discussed it with Charles as potentially a product we could sell into a broader more international market.
Charles did the research, and voila we had a product that we knew would work. And we knew then it was only us, our decisions and actions from that point on that would make or break us. Success was solely in our hands.
To backtrack - There are many reasons why becoming an authority on what you sell is essential. Displaying you know your stuff in product descriptions, blogs and generally on the website generates trust with your customers. Google also loves it because you are adding value and producing great content when you know your subject matter well.
You’re also not wasting money. With this approach, we could afford to take striking product images and invest in building a website with real depth, one that we loved, and knew our customers would enjoy. Finally, we could invest in paid advertising knowing that we were sending visitors to landing pages that they found desirable and in line with what they wanted.

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

We’re in the dress market, it’s fiercely competitive and dominated by huge brands with budgets much more significant than ours. We needed to walk before we could run.
The solution was a two week trip to China, the City of Guangzhou, bandage dress making capital of the world. The city is dotted with dress factories and markets and with the right contacts a wealth of opportunity.
We left Guangzhou with agreements to take the excess stock off three or four factories, but only when we made a sale. These agreements worked for both parties, the factories now had the possibility of dress sales that they didn’t have before, and we had access to stock at no upfront cost. Yes, these dress styles might have been a little dated, but we considered them classics.
We brought samples back with us, hired a few models, made some striking images and had the beginnings of a range of bandage dresses to display on The Kewl Shop.
A set of branded packaging and labels was the next step. And these were sent to the dress factories that held “our” stock. From that point onwards, each time we made a sale we placed an order with our factory, they attached our branding to the dress and shipped directly to our customers. It has become a lot more complicated (and better controlled) since, but that was how we started.
Today we design and make approximately 40% of the dresses we sell - I try to keep the designs classic with only slight variations on previously successful styles. The remainder I select and purchase directly from factories in Guangzhou. Some of these dresses are excess stock in these factories, others they tender to us as new designs they’d like us to sell. We also employ a small team in Guangzhou to oversee the process and to ensure the quality is perfect.
And instead of shipping directly from China we hold our stock in a warehouse in Traverse City, Michigan. Holding stock locally allows us to send to customers much faster, and generally to keep better control of things.

Describe the process of launching the business.

I would call this morphing as opposed to launching. The business has had many iterations and becomes slightly more successful through each.
After our Guangzhou visit, we had the makings of a successful business. It was just a matter of perfecting our online offering and importantly getting some volume in our visitor numbers.
We hired an IT developer out of India and a graphic designer from the Philippines to develop the website. We worked with them for about three months to get our online presence to a state we loved. Not just looking pretty but executing with speed and simple to navigate.
Charles was in charge of conversion rate optimization (having mastered its nuances through multiple weeks of study), and I added the feminine touches and overall look and feel. We do continue to work with both Vicky and Amir to this day because this process never indeed ends.
Our approach kept things flexible and cheap. And although it took time, it gave us the breathing space to get it right. We were entirely in charge and on the line for what we delivered. And we outsourced nothing except raw IT and graphic design expertise.
Our approach to visitor numbers has always been to focus on SEO. Once again Charles became a student devouring everything SEO. We targeted keywords, developed uniqueness in our product descriptions and expanded our website content. We started a blog to showcase our expertise and authority in our dresses.
And we benchmarked ourselves regularly against everything Google, making sure we stayed within their guidelines. SEO is a long term game, and although we have seen considerable success (we generate a few thousand free visitors a day through SEO), it didn’t happen fast.
To fill the gap we looked at paid visitors.
Yes, you’ve guessed it. Once again my rock, my loving husband turned his hand to Google Ads and Facebook Advertising, after briefly looking at Pinterest and Twitter. He’s a bit of a math nut and one morning raised his head out of his 50mb Excel spreadsheet and said: “Baby I’ve got it.” And he did get it. Today we supplement our free SEO visitors with paid from Google Ads and Facebook with a monthly spend (during our peak season) exceeding $30k, mostly on Facebook. We outsource none of this spend to agencies.
If I timeline all of this, our first Guangzhou visit was in mid-2012 and from that point onwards I was full time employed by The Kewl Shop. Charles continued to work in his corporate role for another 18 months stopping in December 2013. The entire exercise funded from savings initially, some credit cards and then bootstrapped from sales.
We’ve been profitable since December 2013 but only nominally so. It took until December 2016 for us to be able to rely on the business to support us and there have been some extremely dark times in between.
I couldn’t put a figure on how much you need to start an online business because it just depends. But I think we did it with less than $100k (mistakes and all) and today own the company outright. In retrospect, we could have done it a lot cheaper, but that doesn’t count of course.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Our approach has always been to build value in our brand. And primarily we do this through a quality offering, not only in the dresses we sell but also the online content we produce and the way we deal with our customers. Because of our focus on the brand, we don’t do anything on Amazon, eBay or similar.
We believe e-commerce is a long term game, and we want to as far as possible own everything at the end of it.
So this is what we do to maximize the growth of our brand.
First and foremost we make sure our product is the highest quality we can offer for its price - our quality assessment team in Guangzhou is second to none, and I’m painful about everything being perfect. Then we support the product with exemplary customer service. A fast, efficient delivery, tracking of packages to the customer's door, 24-hour customer service, live chat, and regular email and SMS updates go a long way to accomplish this.
Secondly, everything online is in a constant loop. We capture email addresses and telephone numbers for SMS updates. We send abandoned cart and abandoned product messages to bring customers back to the site. And to an extent, we retarget customers through paid ads. For those visitors that aren’t interested in buying, we give them Adsense ads to leave our site, and this generates healthy gains.
We write blogs that are relevant to our dresses. For instance, we have detailed posts on “What is a bandage dress” “How to choose a cocktail dress for your body type,” “Your guide on what to wear to a white party,” “Sultry dress styles to wear on Valentines Day” and “What to wear to Mardi Gras” as examples. These articles showcase our dresses, generating interest and broader brand awareness.
We’re reasonably active on social media, in other words, we post to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter daily. Other than Pinterest we don’t see a lot of organic visitors through social media. Social is one area we are undecided about, particularly influencer marketing. We’re just not sure it can be done without overspending and so haven’t spent any time or money on it. I’ll let Charles do his research and come up with some answers, but at the moment it’s not a focus.
Lastly, we advertise, mainly on Facebook and Google.
On Google, we are only doing Search and target keywords directly associated with our dresses. This approach fills search demand - potential customers who are seeking with an intent to buy. We don’t do any Shopping Ads because they are costly for our product categories. We also don’t do anything on the Display Network, because rightly or wrongly we think Facebook is better for brand building.
Our Facebook ads are all prospecting. However, we allow Facebook to retarget visitors they have previously prospected (within our suite of prospecting ads). This approach is complicated to explain, but Charles believes that stand-alone retargeting or remarketing is loss-making, despite what the consensus is. And I think he is right.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Today I’d say our biggest asset is consistency. It’s taken us seven years to understand what works and what doesn’t and now we do the things that work. Over and over again, every day, but each day growing a little bigger. Yes, it can be boring, but I prefer dull, safe and profitable.
Our dresses sell for $130 on average. Our average order value is just over $200 and our customer lifetime value around $400. From this, we generate a gross profit of 40%. We spend a targeted 18% on marketing, leaving us with a net gain of 22%.
At the moment we are doing about 30 to 50 orders a day from approximately 3500 to 5000 daily visitors. Sales and visitor numbers are however seasonal, and we have some dry weeks. I’m writing this in January, and we are roughly double our January sales from 12 months ago. This trend is consistent for our peak periods but less so in our quieter months over the summer.
All our sales are through our online store. We either ship USPS from Traverse City or when necessary DHL or FedEx from Guangzhou. Delivery is a consistent three to five business days regardless, and we offer free shipping worldwide. Operationally I feel we are streamlined, with few recurring issues.
We have about 15,000 email subscribers, 50k Facebook followers, 20k on IG and 10k on Pinterest.
Our expansion plans are to do more of the same, growing sales and marketing spend in a sound loop. There is tremendous opportunity in our market, and we are genuinely a minnow compared to our closest competitors. Focusing on growing our base gives us the best return on our time and money, so this is what we primarily do.
Interestingly (and unusually for a small e-commerce business) we run Adsense on the site. Adsense was Charles brainwave after testing the impact on conversion and engagement rates. It’s not a vast earner but has potential (at the moment around $50/day) and provides additional impetus for us to expand the blog. It’s also opening up some ideas to monetize the blog through affiliate and referral sales. So in this respect, we feel the business is well balanced, with a few different sources of income we can tap.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

There are two critical points in the development of The Kewl Shop.
The first was the decision to reduce the product range to a single style of dress and become an authority on it. This down-scaling allowed us to focus on developing a meaningful presence that added value to our visitors. We just got better at everything from that point onwards.
The second was to stop believing in “expert advice” and instead start acquiring knowledge ourselves. In the beginning, we employed an SEO firm and ended up with a Google penalty for spammy links. Around the same time, we hired a PPC specialist and got confused about how successfully their approach performed for us. We took huge losses from both these endeavors.
SEO is not complicated, and neither is PPC or SEM. My advice is to acquire these skills and implement them as you see fit. After all, you understand your business better than any consultant can. And if you ever need to employ a specialist, you’ll critique what they are saying.
Lastly, I would emphasize putting in place a plan. One that outlines what you’d like to achieve, by when, how much it will cost and how you will pay for it. Read your plan every day, benchmark yourself against it and amend where necessary. Discuss it with a mentor or your partners to ensure it is sound and then see it through to success.
Never give up. It’s true, the difference between success and failure is nothing more than grit and persistent although you must be following a sound plan.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

We host The Kewl Shop on Shopify. It suits us at the moment although we are aware that it’s a dependency we probably want to remove at some point in the future.
We use the following apps:

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

Anything by Rand Fishkin and Moz. His story is tremendous, and he has a no-nonsense, integrity-filled approach to SEO.
Google Quality Raters Guidelines for a deep insight into what Google wants.
Facebook Ads guidance for everything on Facebook Ads. You don’t need to read anything from any expert or self-proclaimed Facebook ad guru because Facebook explains it perfectly well themselves - and their advice is free.
Same for Google Ads. Go straight to the source of knowledge.
The demise of Nasty Gal because it's a lesson in how to manage success.
Fashion Nova’s approach to social media. They have built an empire off social media influencers.
Instead of wasting time on YouTube, immerse yourself in Tedx.
Any books on maintaining a positive mental attitude, and believing in yourself. Find one that resonates with you and read it over and over again. Eliminate all negative thoughts, stay positive no matter what. Develop faith and persistence.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

The biggest mistake I see people making is thinking that e-commerce, especially dropshipping will make you rich, fast. And they are then buying into schemes offered by gurus and experts.
This thinking is just not real. And I think I’ve answered why above.

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
Liked this text interview? Check out the full interview with photos, tools, books, and other data.
Interested in sharing your own story? Send me a PM
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Your vendor list for NOV 1 w/ prices

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[DGBOTANICALS] (MEMBERSHIP NEEDED)- Red Thai 250g $35]
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So unless I have some RES setting enabled that I don't know about, the sidebar here seems pretty empty. Would there be any interest in an FAQ and maybe a from-scratch Thai cooking primer for new subscribers? I'd be very happy to start and collect feedback from the sub!

Since this seems to be the main sub representing Thai cuisine on reddit, I think it could be great to compile cooking and recipe shopping (online and otherwise) tips into a sidebar index for readers. This could include some basic definitions (what is red vs green vs yellow curry?), FAQs (what is a kaffir lime? what's the difference between fish sauce and fish paste?), online resources (importfood.com leaps to mind, but I'm in no way affiliated), and even tips for the availability of Thai cookware in different parts of the world, with input from readers.
I'd be perfectly happy to get the ball rolling if the sub would be interested, and if 295sure5 and 976slain4 have any thoughts I'm sure we'd love to hear them!
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How to be a digital nomad

TLDR; I'm a digital nomad who's achieved the 4-Hour Workweek. I've lived across Thailand for the last two years. And in this post I'll share:
And just to be transparent, affiliate links are used in this post. So if that bothers you for whatever reason, navigate to external websites manually.

Being a digital nomad is not a career path, it is a lifestyle.

If you’re looking to become a digital nomad, then surely you already love to travel. What you need to focus on is seeking a job that can be performed from anywhere. You’re most likely to find such a job on the internet.

Location independent jobs

You want a job that can be done from anywhere, and the digital world, like the real one, has many fields of work.
Let me list some potential moneymakers:

My Story

What kind of computer skills did I need?

Since elementary school I was heavy into computers and video games. I was the kind of kid who would come home every day and spend hours at a time on the internet.
But other than a basic programming class in 10th grade and a MS Office class in university, I had no more of a formal tech education than the average kid of modern generations.
In 2008 I graduated with a degree in history. I didn’t exactly choose a moneymaker of a major, or so you’d think, but it would prove useful for a career in freelancing (back to that later).
Like many recent graduates I faced unemployment and the prospect of working minimum wage (which I did for about four years).
For that last year, though, my friend got me a job managing a local store's e-commerce website. In that year I learned the basics of how to operate a CMS (content management system, like WordPress) and of Photoshop.

Time to travel

In those years following graduation I wasn’t happy with the direction in which I was heading.
I needed to break away and go on an adventure.
I decided to go on an adventure across Asia:
A lesson learned as a backpacker
Like countless other backpackers, the trip was an illuminating experience.
It taught me what I wanted in life, but I found myself no closer to knowing how to achieve it. So I came back home and got a job as a waiter.

Lesson 1 in becoming a digital nomad

SECURE A STEADY SOURCE OF INCOME Whether it’s as a waiter or a bartender. Whether it’s a high-paying or minimum wage job, secure a steady source of income.
(More money-talk coming soon.)

Lesson 2 in becoming a digital nomad

CHOOSE A PATH TO LOCATION INDEPENDENCE This means choosing a location independent career that will suit you. Start working on or towards that career in your free time (as soon as possible).

A Recommended path to location independence

Allow me to suggest a route to becoming a location independent digital nomad: FREElancing.
Freelancing has to be one of the most accessible and broadest fields of online work. There are downsides to it like everything, but it’s also one of the quickest ways to make location independent money.
What is freelancing?
Simply a different method of getting hired. Instead of part-time or full-time work, it’s work on a per project basis. Freelancing is bad in terms of relying on consistent pay. And it is good for those opposed to commitment. Potential jobs can be found in all of these fields according to Upwork.

How I earned my way to becoming a digital nomad

Elance, which has become Upwork, was where I began freelancing. In my first week I won a simply job. All I had to do was perform a face swap on some family photos. For less than an hour’s work I made $15 or $25.
The next week I won a $1200 job. An agency in Argentina hired me to build their website.
I did that without even knowing how to code. Nowadays you don’t need to know programming to make a website. I’ll get into that later.
After these two jobs I went on to have a successful freelancing career, going through highs and lows that can be expected with freelancing.

What 3 factors contributed to my success?

I was born in the personal computer and internet generation. This means I’m better with computers than the average member of older generations (a large group that hires freelancers). And it makes it easier for me to learn new computer skills.
Being born in America made me a native English speaker, which provides a big advantage over foreign competitors. And having grown up in America it allowed me to know the type of customer service those hiring me (other Westerners) would expect.
My education was important because it gave me skills people would pay for. Learning history taught me how to write, how to do research and how to be organized. My previously mentioned computer job provided me with an education too. Because of it I’m comfortable with using Photoshop and content management systems (which would be very useful when learning WordPress).

What you should do now.

Go to Upwork.com, browse their job categories and job boards and see where you will fit in.

Become a better you.

Lynda.com is home to amazing tutorials that teach work and computer skills . Seriously, the teachers over there are awesome. The site even has career tracks, which are essentially playlists of tutorials. These career tracks will fulfill the skills needed to work in various positions.
You may actually have free access to Lynda through your university. If not, you can grab a free 10 day trial here. See if it will help you.
Monthly plans start at $25 (I pay $37.50 for premium membership, which comes with exercise files).
I cannot speak highly enough of Lynda.com, but they’re not the only option for learning. YouTube has so many great, free tutorials. And I’ve heard Code Academy is the place to go to learn how to, you guessed it, code.

Lesson 3 in becoming a digital nomad

MONEY By this time in the guide you should already have a steady source of income and the path to location independence. What you need to do now is get your money right.
What to do:
  1. Get health insurance if you don’t have it (my fellow Americans) because medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in America.
  2. Work on eliminating or managing any debt you have.
  3. Build an emergency fund, which you can define as X months of savings in case the world decides to fuck you in the ass. personalfinance is a helpful community.

Lesson 4 in becoming a digital nomad

TRANSITION FROM A CATERPILLAR TO A BEAUTIFUL DIGITAL NOMAD
Before you can become a digital nomad you have to finish getting your money right.
Ask yourself this: Is your location independent work paying enough to sustain a monthly travel budget?
The decision is up to you, but practice patience. I’d suggest waiting to pull the trigger on traveling if going prematurely would put you in a precarious position. And no one wants to find themselves in a precarious position after coming prematurely. (clears throat)
Once you are confident in your finances, start planning your trip or your move. My only tip here would be to make sure you have the ability to work where you go (I’m mainly referring to good Internet).
*Nomadlist is supposedly a useful resource for nomads looking to research destinations.
Other travel sites and resources I recommend are:

CONGRATULATIONS!

By this point you have become a digital nomad.

But we’re not done. Since this is the astabooty method I need to keep on teaching. Keep reading to learn:

How to excel as a freelancer

Let’s make it clear, as a freelancer you are not just a designer, business analyst, writer or what have you. As a freelancer, you are also a business person.
And as a freelancer it can be argued that your most important task is to win jobs.
Once a job is won, your interactions with the customer are as important as the actual work you provide. It can also be argued that the human element of your project is more important in terms of getting repeat customers than the technical elements.
Long story short, put yourselves in the shoes of your (potential) customers and think about how you can serve them well.
TIP: Your success as a freelancer is dependent on your profile and review scores. If you provide a good service/product and good customer service, you will do well (YOU MUST DEMONSTRATE THE QUALITY OF YOUR WORK WITH A PORTFOLIO).

Making more money as a freelancer (part 1)

  1. You’ll be able to make more money as you become more efficient, which will come with experience.
  2. Also with experience, you will come to know what types of jobs and clients pay more.
  3. Knowledge is power. You can make yourself more valuable by: i. Learning how to market yourself better. ii. Learning new technical skills: ----a) For instance, most college students/graduates have the ability to write research papers. This is a skill that translates well to working online (getting hired to write blog articles or other written content). That’s a useful skill, as it can translate to $.10-$.15 / word at minimum. This skill can be built upon and made more valuable by learning the basics of: --------SEO (onsite search engine optimization, in this specific case for writers). --------email marketing. --------press releases. --------sales copy (basically, the text you see in a print or image ad). ----b) With just a couple of weeks of learning (on Lynda or elsewhere), a good writer could become a competent (and more valuable) internet marketer. These people could also make such transformations: --------business and accounting students/graduates. --------software programmers. --------web designers. --------graphic artists. --------video makers. --------sound engineers. --------and I bet many others that I cannot think of.

Where to find work

Upwork.com
Upwork.com has a pretty shitty reputation. Many freelancers believe customers there are cheap and unpleasant to work with. Freelancers also criticize Upwork for taking a large cut out of their earnings. So why do I recommend Upwork?
  1. There is money to be made there because there are good clients. The filtering tool (when browsing through job postings) is your friend. Learned, use it, find good paying jobs. Good luck.
  2. I think of Upwork.com as a lower-level league like as seen in professional soccer. It is a great learning ground where you can develop your skills - skills that translate very well in other arenas. When you’re ready to venture outside of Upwork, you’ll be prepared to actively seek clients online and in the real world.

My story as a freelancer

My first two jobs as a freelancer were a face swap using Photoshop and making a website with WordPress (this I'll teach you soon). Back then I was chasing any job that I was capable of doing. Since the portfolio and a five star review score are so important to getting hired, I would offer extremely discounted prices to potential customers. This is something I did until I had built up a decent portfolio and review score.
By that time I wanted to make more money. I saw that website projects were bringing in more money for me than graphic design ones, so I decided to focus my attention there.
At the time I could already make a visually appealing website using WordPress themes and stock photos, but I still had lots to learn.
On Lynda I took courses on typography (learning how to choose the right fonts and text styling on websites and in graphics), content writing and SEO fundamentals. These were skills that made me a more valuable employee for clients.
What I’m about to say may seem to conflict with what was just said, but bear with me.
Even as my skills continued to improve as a web designer, I felt like I was trying to play catch up against other freelancers, many of which would work for lower prices.
I could have continued on the path I was on, but I decided to pivot and go in a different direction.

How to transition from a freelancer to having your own agency (part 1)

In a moment of self-awareness I realized that however good I was, there were better and cheaper web designers out there. But I still believed I held an advantage over them when it came to winning jobs and providing good customer service.
So what did I do?
I decided to start getting freelancers to work on the projects I had won. My client would pay me X and I would pay a % of that to the freelancer.
That means that after the job was won, I'd act as a project manager.
During this period of my career provided me with many obstacles, beecause it was during this time that I was learning how to act as a manager.
So yes, there were difficulties, but they were worth it. By taking on this new role and acting as an agency, I was allowed to scale my business by being able to take on more work.

Advice on hiring freelancers

To be frank, I’ve learned that I’m not a very good manager. At least not a good micro-manager, which is needed more times than not with the freelancers I’ve hired.
I’ve only had two successful hires, but they were life-changing. The reason these hires worked is because I was lucky enough to hire two very proud and self-sufficient people - the type of people who can take direction and run with it independently.
So with that out of the way I’ll share more of the story and offer some advice.
When I started hiring freelancers, I was only working with two types of professionals: graphic artists and web developers. The professionals I was hiring were South Asians (Pakistanis, Indians and Sri Lankans) hired off of Elance.
NOTE: To hire Indians are not?
India has a somewhat deserved bad reputation with outsourcing. This bad reputation usually comes from issues with communication and customer service standards.
There are a lot of shit Indian freelancers out there. But that’s because there are a lot of Indians . It’s just a numbers thing. On the other end of the spectrum, India has amazing agencies and individuals available for bargain prices. It’s up to you to decide if you want to a) bridge the cultural divide and b) sift through the bulk to find the gold.
TIP: A great, cheap country to hire from.
The Philippines! Native English speakers in many cases and great non-native speakers in other cases. Super affordable prices: 3 to 6 dollars an hour for a well trained professional. Talented and warmhearted people. Onlinejobs.ph is the best Filipino job board I know of.
TIP: Negotiating prices with foreign workers.
The best way I know how to negotiate when hiring is to:
  1. Gain knowledge of prices by shopping around and
  2. Have candidates compete against one another on their prices.
I believe in finding a balance, though. Negotiating prices with a foreigner is a mental battle of sorts:
Will we set the price at my country’s standard, yours or somewhere in between?
I think a fair standard is starting right in the middle and then moving either way within 20 percentage points. This way it is not too extreme in either direction.

How to transition from a freelancer to having your own agency (part 2)

A client hired me to not only build them six new websites, but to write content for them as well. Because it was an important job, I did all the work myself. And luckily, the client proceeded to hire me for a long-term position.
This goes to show the value of writing in the world of freelancing.
The job was to build and maintain a blog – I’d have to produce fresh content every week. The pay was great, but the project ate up much of my time (I was not yet outsourcing any work on this project). Like most digital nomads, I cherish free time, so the work situation wasn’t ideal for me.
Freelance college students
What I did to resolve this issue was post a writing job on the University of Florida job board. The candidates who responded were good writers and really affordable. I hired a handful of them, until one rose to the top and replaced all the others. That writer is Ashley Lombardo, who I have since traveled the world with (this trip is what became the G&L 2016 Summer Tour of Asia - more on that later).
Not only did Ashley take over all writing duties, but in exchange for a raise I trained her to run the site by herself. It was this move that moved me closer to achieving The 4 Hour Workweek.

My story: becoming a digital nomad

I was still living in Florida at the time. And I not traveled “big” in years. As usual, I was looking for bigger and better things for my business. I had a big idea to source top quality, affordable talent from India. This would again allow me to take on more work.
It was time to go on an adventure.
Starting in January of 2015 I spent six weeks in India. Instead of making a number of superficial networking connections, I cultivated a strong business bond with just one individual. While this was not the original plan of the trip, this connection later proved to be another life changer.
During those six weeks, I had been speaking quite frequently on Facebook to a young lady from Thailand. We became very interested in each other over this time. So much so that soon enough I suggested the idea of me flying over to go on a date. She was receptive to the idea and told me to come on over. She and I dated for only a short time, but that is how I moved to Thailand.

Achieving The 4 Hour Workweek

Let’s now jump to the year 2016. By this time in my business career I had committed myself to one client. For $1200 a week I had location independence, consistent work and flexible hours. What I did not have too much of was free time.
As you could guess, that was something I wanted to change.
As an aside, this job was a Facebook moderation position offered by a former client. The the job essentially was for lead follow-up sales (interacting directly with people who commented on my client's Facebook ads). I bring this up only to illustrate a point to you that jobs can evolve organically over time as a freelancer.
Back to the story, the only person I could trust to help with this job was my connect back in India. I offered them the job and a doubling of their salary, which was 25% of my salary.
That was done in mid-2016. Since then I’ve achieved The 4 Hour Workweek. Sitting around would be boring, though, so I’ve been working my ass off on something new.
What have I been doing?
What I’m about to do is give a complete dissection of what I’ve been working on: Graduate & Live, a travel blog that promotes location independence. This will hopefully give you insight into making G&L and launching a business.
But before that, let me catch you up in the story.

Building a business

In late 2015, Ashley was finishing her last year of college. You remember her, right?
(The freelance writer running a website for me). I’ll come back to her in a moment, but first back to me.
I had an idea to create a guide to freelancing.
To be frank, even today I’ll admit I was not an expert freelancer. But what I did have then, as I do now, was the ability to share years of experience in a simple fashion. So I wrote the guide. And with the editing help of Ashley, it became a really useful resource. This was the product creation phase of what is now Graduate & Live.
But who the fuck was I and why would anyone care what I have to say about freelancing?
I’d need to develop a brand.
Years ago there was a TED Talks presentation discussing Apple’s marketing strategy. My mom shared the link with me. The point I took away from the video was this:
Apple would market the feeling their product would give to the customer.
Apple’s ads were artistic, fun and stylish. In their iconic iPod commercials we remember colorful people dancing, white earbuds dangling from their head and good music being supplied by the iPod. What we do not remember is Apple discussing technical specs of the iPod’s hard disk or anything like that. That’s because Apple didn’t discuss that in their ads.
This whole lesson taught me not to be like so many other digital nomads. Most competitors in this niche can’t articulate anything besides the benefit of location independence and how to achieve it.
All they really talk about is work, work, work. And who wants to listen to that? Sure, it can be exciting at first, but it gets boring quickly.
People become digital nomads not because they want to work, but because they want to travel and experience life.
Ashley and I discussed this and created Graduate & Live together. Following her graduation we would go on the G&L 2016 Summer Tour of Asia - experiencing culture throughout India, Thailand and Vietnam.
The goal was to create a travel blog that illustrated the experiences that could be had thanks to location independence, opposed to simply talking about the freedom of working online.
One quick little side note: Before graduating, I helped Ashley secure a job with the client I had her working for. It was a full-time, location independent position. After our trip was over she would go on to work for them.
Back to business… I had already created a product, a brand name and an idea for a website. Next I…
I envisioned who the customer would be for both the freelancing guide and the website.
Reminded by the saying that “if everyone’s your customer, then no one is,” I decided to focus on a niche or two:
  • Backpackers, who would like perpetual travel and
  • College students and graduates in need of work.
By April 2016, I had a product (The Modern Guide to Freelancing) and a brand (Graduate & Live), a website (graduateandlive.com) and an itinerary for travel.
From May to July of 2016, Ashley, my girlfriend (Aom) and I traveled. We had a great time that I highly recommend you read about later (bookmark this link so you can read it later).
Ashley took charge of creating content for the website. And I handled freelance work in order to fund the trip for the three of us (this was just before the Indian connect started working for me).
After two months of travel, Ashley had built an extensive travel journal and had taken a boatload of great pictures. Her journal and photos would go on to be the brand’s centerpiece for launch.
But before launching I’d have to develop the website and create a marketing plan.

How to build a website

I BUILT GRADUATEANDLIVE.COM WITHOUT KNOWING HOW TO CODE Check out the website so you can see what I'm talking about.
It takes skill to make good food, but anyone can cook.
Nowadays the same is true for webpage creation. Knowing how to code provides more freedom in building a website, but I’ve gotten by without knowing how to do it. And so could you.
Why anybody can build a website
Programmers have developed DIY website creators for normal people. Speaking in terms of difficulty, I’d say anyone who can use Microsoft Word can make their own website.
There are actual website creators like Wix, Squarespace and many others. There’s also what I use, premium WordPress themes.
To explain quickly:
WordPress is a website/blogging manager. At a click of a button or three you can add pages, images and all sorts of content to your website. WordPress is not exactly a self-explanatory software, but neither is Microsoft Word. It is, however, easy to get the grasp of, also like Word.
Website developers make WordPress themes, which are essentially website designs that overlay the WordPress software. Premium themes exist that come with a bunch of features, easy control and beautiful, niche specific designs (like for a restaurant, spa, or a gym website). The theme that G&L was built upon cost only $59 (a one-time fee). The theme, called BeTheme, is the best one I’ve ever used.
TIP: Bookmark themeforest.net That site and the whole Envato marketplace (which ThemeForest is a part of) just may change your work life.
As I’ve done and as many others can, you could go ahead and buy a theme, follow the instructions it comes with and make a website. It takes time to get accustomed to, but it’s not that hard.
Now, the above will give you a website, but will it give you a good one?
Let the learning begin because I’m about to drop some knowledge!
  1. Why do you or your client want a website? Every website should have a number one goal, i.e. get people to call the store, to make sales, to promote a video, to campaign for cause, etc. Until this question is answered, a website should not be worked on.
  2. A website needs to talk to the visitor. To say that in a less douchey way, you need to think of the website and its content as a form of communication. ----What is it that you want to say to the visitor? ----What messages should be prioritized? ----Is there an obvious organization that can be used to group these messages together? Think of this as the site map. What would be found in the site’s navigation menu? ----Remember you can communicate with words (text and audio) and visuals (site design, pictures/graphics and videos). ----Think about what you want to say and say what you mean.
  3. Where to find good content. Just like website themes can be bought, so can stock pictures, video and audio. These can help you if you need content for a website.
  4. First impression: the landing screen. Going back to #2, what is the number one message you want to communicate? The very first time someone goes to your website you only have a few seconds to convince them to stay.
  5. Quality control ----Go over your website in waves to find improvements and errors. ----Try getting a second pair of eyes to overlook everything. You can get a free 5-minute video review of your website at peek.usertesting.com. ----You can also check how your website will look on different screen sizes, phones and tablets at quirktools.com/screenfly. And before I get to #6, let me say I respect web designers and you should too. This is an art one could probably spend a lifetime trying to perfect. Needless to say, this guide is only sufficient in giving you the basics of making a good website. Ok, onto the #6.
  6. Arguably the most important of all of these: How in the fuck are you going to get people to visit your website? There’s many ways to procure visitors. There’s SEO, PPC advertising (Google, Facebook, YouTube and so many other places), traditional advertising, social media marketing, PR and countless options I can’t even think of.
What I’m going to do now is break down the Graduate & Live marketing plan to you, step-by-step.
Marketing Strategy Mind-Map
If you’ve actually made it this far, know that we are almost done. For shits and giggles, here’s a photo of what I’m looking at while writing these words. This is a view from my office complex here in Chiang Mai.
Okay let’s begin:

The G&L Marketing Plan

SEO keyword content creation

The goal of SEO is to get your website ranking near #1 on Google for a specific search query (keyword). The point of this is to get not only traffic to your website, but targeted (the right kind of) visitors to your site.
To do this you need to research what people are looking for. You can also learn how many people are making those searches and how easy or difficult it would be to rank for them.
TIP: Moz.com is a great, free resource to learn SEO basics.
What your keyword research essentially does is give you a list of topics to write about. If you write about them and follow basic SEO principles you can improve your chances of getting targeted visitors.
For Graduate & Live I have three keyword lists themed around:
  • “digital nomad”
  • “how to freelance”
  • “college jobs”

Link Building

When a website links to yours, Google treats this as an endorsement. The power of the "link juice" is weighted depending on the power of the site giving it to you (e.g. a link from CNN.com would have more influence than from a barely-visited blog).
Long story short, you want to get (good) links pointing to your website. Here’s my plan:
  • Press releases.
  • Blog outreach.
  • Directory submissions. Online directories exist that organize the websites of the web. You can submit your site to them and if it’s relevant they’ll accept you and link back to your website.
  • Children International (Children.org)
  • Children International is a charity I support and have a pretty good relationship with. Around the world I support nine kids, but in India there’s three that I’ve gotten the chance to meet. Ashley wrote a story about when she, Aom and I met them during The G&L 2016 Summer Tour of Asia. I’m going to reach out to Children International and see if they will link to the story.

Public Relations

I have two public relations goals. The first is simply to get links from websites covering my story. This should help with SEO. The second goal is to get media outlets to cover a story involving Graduate & Live. This will hopefully drive traffic directly to the site.

Press Released

A press release is a way the media receives news from outside sources. The actual press release is a specifically formatted one page document created by individuals or organizations trying to share a story.
Good press releases are distributed through paid services. I’ll be using PRWeb.com and selecting two of their packages: The $159 Standard service and the $369 Premium service.
Why two press releases?
The first and cheaper release will be used for SEO purposes. To take advantage of this opportunity, it’s important to include keywords in the release itself and in its title.
The second release will pitch a story that will hopefully be picked up by major media outlets. In theory this and the first goal could both be accomplished in one release. However, it’s easier for me creatively to separate them. An example story I may pitch is something like this geared towards parents: How a new generation is making a living while traveling the globe.
Beyond news release services, I have four PR strategies to pursue: Hometown news, University newspapers, National Geographic Traveler and Tim Ferris’s podcasts.

Hometown News

Maybe the local magazine, newspapers and new stations will cover a story involving a local person (me). So after grabbing their email addresses from their websites I will just go ahead and pitch them a story directly.

University Newspapers

College students are people I want to connect with. Wikipedia has a nationwide listing of university newspapers. I’ll pitch stories to each and every one of them and see what happens.
TIP: Email marketing. If you’ve just been paying attention, you just learned email marketing (but you should still learn the spam law).
Step 1) Find or create a list of people to target. Step 2) Email them.

National Geographic Traveler

It would be so cool to have a story mine published by Nat Geo. That’s reason enough to want to write for them. If I am lucky enough to write for them, it may also help build my brand. They even have a digital nomad section.
The trip I’m thinking of suggesting to them is “Survival in the jungle: exploring the wilderness with a Thai soldier.”

Tim Ferris's Podcast

Tim Ferris is author of The 4 Hour Workweek. His podcast gets a huge amount of listeners. Since I can be considered a success case of his, maybe he’d be interested in having me on. Via social media I hope to improve my odds, which I’ll talk about later.

Blog Outreach

This is simple, the first step here is the actual blog outreach. I’ll use Google to find blogs related to what I’m doing (travel blogs). Then I’ll check out the sites and sign up for their newsletters. If something interesting pops up, I’ll join in or start a conversation with the blogger. If at some point it feels right I can let them know about my website and hopefully they’d choose to link to it one day.
The second step is to look for and enter blog contests. Hopefully I’ll win and get new viewers and links.
The third and last step would be to join in any relevant forums/message boards. For me that would be digitalnomadsforum.com and nomadforum.io.

Social Media

That brings us to the last step of the marketing plan and the last part of this blog post: social media.
The G&L 2016 Summer Tour of Asia produced a lot of great content. I have an abundance of really nice travel videos, stories and pictures. A good way to make use of these is to share them on the proper social media channels.

Instagram

Branding your account Artistically, my goal is to make a unique and entertaining Instagram account. A$AP Rocky is someone I look to for inspiration here. You can see his account here. See how the row and sections (row groupings) take priority over any individual picture? Stylistically I plan to copy this approach.
Adding quality content I’m so excited to launch the IG profile because it will give me a chance to share some unique content. Using a website called Magisto I’ve created 15 awesome music videos using travel footage.
Sticking to A$AP Rocky’s IG style, I am going to use the videos to tell a story of traveling through Asia. Actually, I've already designed the IG gallery and have enough content to post every day for about three months. It's a really great account I think. Here is the link if you want to follow along.
Getting Followers And lastly, I’ll follow people who liked images of certain hashtags. I’ll be doing this because following people is maybe the best way to get followed yourself.

Imgur

This image sharing site is great for getting images to go viral. In the past I’ve gotten tens of thousands of views from just a handful of galleries and individual images that I have posted.
As part of the G&L marketing strategy, I’ll publish about 100 posts to Imgur. I actually already have a spreadsheet made detailing the post titles and image(s) to use. These aren’t just any old images either; these are the top 3% from over 7000 travel pictures.
In these posts I’ll include a link to my website with a call to action, like “if you want to see more travel stuff then check out my website, graduateandlive.com.” Honestly I don’t know if Imgur users will even click through, but at worst it will be cool to see that hundreds of thousands or millions of people have seen my posts.

Reddit

Reddit is my favorite website and the best place I know of for things to go viral. The most important thing here is to follow Reddiquette and the rules of individual sub-reddits.
What I’ll be doing on Reddit is posting the same content as on Imgur, but without a link to my website and without a call to action, as those are against the rules here. Hopefully other Redditors will take interest and spark up natural conversation of what I’m doing in the comment section. This would then then allow me to share my info with them.
On Reddit it’s key to find sub-reddits that suit you. I’m mainly going to share with travel, digitalnomad, solotravel and pics. Although there are two posts I hope to make on other sub-reddits.
GetMotivated The goal here is to motivate people with a story of mine. This really has nothing to do with G&L, but it would be cool if people get motivated. Plus it may help me get more known on Reddit.
IAmA This is the ask me anything sub-reddit. I hope to post a “IAmA (I am a …) 4 Hour Workweek success story, AMA (ask me anything)”. If it gains some traction, maybe that could help get me onto Tim Ferris’s podcast.
TIP: Stick to social media platforms you’re familiar with. I’ve never been a Twitter person, so even though it’s a large platform I’m going to avoid it.

Youtube

Using clips from the trip, I've created a mini-travel series. Most of the videos are long by Youtube standards. And to be quite frank, it's asking a lot from a first-time viewer to invest more than a few minutes in a video, so to address this I've created trailer that's less than a minute long.

Facebook

Facebook will be the place where people I actually know follow me. Maybe this will prove to be helpful in spreading the content (through likes and shares).
I’ll be treating FB as a social media headquarters for G&L. In order to tell a story (of G&L, the trip to Asia, and working online), some unique content will be created for this platform. Otherwise the FB page will be used to share content created for the website and other social media sites.
Off the actual page, one method of gaining likes is by joining other communities and conversations. So I’ll look out for travel pages and interact with them way makes sense.
That’s a wrap for the marketing plan.
And that’s it for this guide too. I’d obviously love it if you bookmarked Graduate & Live, follow the Instagram account (@GraduateAndLive), like the G&L Facebook page and subscribe to my Youtube channel. Sharing is caring, so if you see something you like, please share it.
If you are interested in freelancing and really want to up your odds at success, I'll be giving away 7 review copies of the Modern Guide to Freelancing. Ask for a review copy in the comments.
Until next time, Astabooty
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