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Technology: Phuket experts provide skills online

The cycle of Phuket expat life goes something like this: visit as a tourist, push your stay for “a bit” longer, find a job and cheap(er) housing, then stay indefinitely. While it’s easy for some to gain employment on the island, for others it could be a frustrating game of endless interviews (if they even get that far).


By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Tuesday 24 February 2015, 10:00AM


The digital realm provides solutions for would-be expats and travellers looking to gain income while they discover the world.

Vexbook is a new venture that has become an additional source of income for a few Phuket expat experts, allowing them to not only grow whatever existing business they have but providing some stability for those working remotely.

The website works like this: Those who want to learn new skills or have a problem that requires immediate help can connect with professionals via Skype or FaceTime – whether it be yoga masters, IT experts, nutritionists, chefs, language tutors or more. Clients schedule a time with the expert and then pay them their specific hourly rate through PayPal or Bitcoin (digital currency). Easy peasy.

“A lot of people don’t venture out of their house, everything is online. If you can order everything online and get it delivered to your house, why not for any problem?” said Nick Lawrence, who operates Aquatech Phuket, a pool services company.

Through Vexbook, Nick provides consultations on how to fix common pool problems. In exchange, the client pays him depending on the hours they meet.

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“I can help people fix things in minutes, especially with Vexbook, where you can Skype and be shown the problem and the equipment and I can relay to them how to fix it,” he said.

Similarly, Scott Stevenson – a mindset specialist and coaching consultant – is relying on the internet to help connect him with clients he’s unable to meet with in-person.

“So many people want to be a catalyst in their own change and they’re either too embarassed or don’t have time to seek professional help. With Vexbook, it’s created this whole array of pressionals that can actually help through Skype or FaceTime,” he said, “this allows expats to bring their talents to Phuket while still contacting with the rest of the globe.”

Julien Reveillet, owner of Phuket My Mac, has lived here for two years and leverages his knowledge from his years as a networking engineer and IT manager to help others repair their computers. For Vexbook, he’s providing software help to clients having trouble.

“I think helping people who don’t know can be easy for young people, we understand this because we used computers at an early age. For my clients, however, they just want to know how to connect and make certain things work,” the 33-year-old told The Phuket News.

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