If I’m currently working for 1 company, and am going to start my own business, how does it work re my visa and work permit?
If you are currently working for an employer in Thailand and wish to start your own business, you have a number of options.
These options depend on whether you are going to continue working for your employer as well as running your own business or whether you are going to leave your employment to run your business full time.
1 Staying employed and running your own part time business
If you are planning to stay employed and run a part time business most employers will not have any issue with this as long as it is not in direct competition with them and there is nothing in your contract which prohibits you from doing this. Be aware that your current work permit will not cover you for running your part time business and if you wanted to be 100% legal you would need to set up a Thai company and ask your employer if they would add your duties at your own business as a second job into your work permit. You would most likely need to pay for this and cover their labour costs to do this but if you have a good relationship with your employer then hopefully they would be prepared to consider it. Your visa and work permit are still dependent on your full time job and are considered to be the property of your employer
2 Leaving your current employer and setting up your own business
If you wish to terminate your current employment and set up a full time business of your own then there a number of timely steps which you need to consider.