As they say you have to spend money to make money and you should never expect to become super famous or super rich overnight, just won't happen.
As for the resellers, this would be the best place to start but then you need to addres a company that is going to be reliable, this will be up to you to research, you need to start somewhere, that is where we all started
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Offtopic: do you know what's funny now? I was looking to your reseller plans 2 minutes ago
Ontopic: I don't expect to be rich overnight, I know it's possible only for 0.000000001% of world's population, maybe less. I just want something to give me a decent monthly income. And by decent I mean $500-$1,000 and no, not in 2 months. Maybe in 2 years.
I just want something to give me a decent monthly income. And by decent I mean $500-$1,000 and no, not in 2 months. Maybe in 2 years.
That's definitely possible, just have to put in a large amount of time and effort. Since you are just starting out, I wouldn't worry to much about the VPS/Dedicated side of the business. I would keep your focus on providing shared web hosting only. Once you get a good idea of how shared web hosting works, you can move onto offering other services.
One of the most common mistakes I see new web hosting companies make is they try to offer everything right out of the gate.
One should understand that there are lot of competition over the hosting bussiness. The best way is to start the reseller hosting by getting a reseller account from a experienced hosting company. To stand out of the market the quality of service should be benchmark for the hosting business.
One of the first steps to consider when starting this business is understand how things work. Not to become a real geek over the night, but understand what and how the hosting business works. Usually, anyone paying an unlimited reseller plan for $15/mo could start a "hosting business", but the ones who take the time to research a little are the ones who make the difference.
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For example, when running a shared hosting. Buying a reseller, then setup accounts.
What about dedicated/vps business ? What should a newbie know? Anyone wants to share?
The first thing I am worried before starting, is that I buy a reseller account and the company I am reselling is now good, or I will not have enough clients to pay for the reseller in next months.
How did you guys grow your business at first?
You'll need a 5 Year+ business plan, Dont expect to break even let alone make a profit within the first 12 months, So theirfore your going to need at least 12 months worth of operating capital to get you going. If your lucky you'll be making a profit by the end of year 5 just about
Dont base your pricing around a reseller account, Keep your pricing inline for when you'll need your own dedicated servers along with your own license's.
As with any business it costs money to make money!
I closed in order to take on more work from another business which I own, Thus I made sure ALL clients which I had was transferred to new providers and the transfer was seamless, We didnt have any conplaints nor did anyone come here to bash us over the closure and migration of the clients.
A webhosting business isnt something which you can run as a sideline to your daily life as it requires ALOT of time and effort plus money, The money isnt a problem but when their is only one of me and my time at that time was needed else where, I decided it was best to cease trading and take on more work at my other business.
Still I have sucessfully invested capital in a number of hosting businesses on here and their doing VERY well considering their age.
Originally Posted by nerdie
90% of hosts give up before 3 months are up.
Maybe that might be the case with the 90%, I am in the 10% considering I didnt "give up", My time and effort towards the benefit to reward ratio was higher at my other business, After all, I do have a child to look after and pay for plus bills as I do run my own apartment which I am looking into buying.
The costs of running my apartment and paying for the up bringing of my child alone most probley exceed the turnover of most of the so call businesses on here.
Last edited by Server Management; 05-23-2011 at 03:29 PM.