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Bangkok has many typists available. Foreigners, especially, are pleased with the
skill and experience of the Thai typists. Tourists have been known to come all
the way from Germany just to experience the thrill of Thai typing. Entire tour
groups from Japan are arranged just to get over here and get their typing done
by our skilled practitioners.
So how do you find a typist? Well, there are two basic ways to do it -- institutional, and freelance. You can go to a typist agency, and find one there. Or, you can wander the streets, plenty of typists ready and eager to help you out.
Some agencies have, behind a large window, rows and rows of typists sitting. Most of them are watching TV. You can pick out whichever one you want to do your typing. Facilities are available on-site, so you do not need to provide workspace. The entire relationship is crisp and professional and rarely gets messy. You pay for the time in advance, and everyone knows the deal. The draw back, of course, is that the messy parts are kind of nice, too.
In other establishments, you sit down and
buy a drink and the typists come over and sit with you. You can get to know the
typist a little, ask her questions, perhaps she will demonstrate some skills.
At this point, if you and she agree, you can pay the establishment the take-out
fee, about 10-15 dollars US, and the typist will go with you. Of course, you
must provide any equipment needed and the space to work in. If things go well,
the typist may work with you for several days or even a week. As long as you are
happy with her work, and she is happy with you, and you pay the fees, you can
There are even some typists who sit in bus stops waiting for customers. They
are generally cheaper, and reputed to be of poorer quality. There have been reports
of stealing or damaged equipment.
Where have I met typists? I've met American typists at a mutual friend's house,
in psychotherapy, in a parking lot, in a gambling casino. I've met Thai typists
outside 7/11, in massage parlors, in the
park, walking along the railroad tracks. Oddly enough, I've never met a typist
at work; don't know why not.
On the other hand, there are drawbacks. The money is good but irregular; you
may go days or weeks without work. Typists who have long-term contracts look down
on free-lancers. Sometimes a business forces a gal to do typing for a customer
even though she doesn't really like that person. She may even have a quota for
how much typing she must do each month in order to keep her position at the agency.
There are rumors that some ladies, if they like you enough, will do your typing for free.
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