Originally posted by Remixhost I think you should start small when u start hosting business so that u don't waste money in the beginning. Than u don't loose money if don't get as many customers.
I agree with you Remixhost. Starting small and learning the ropes will provide a great deal of experience for someone new to the game. I'm sure no one would want to spend a ton of money on acquiring new customers, only to lose all of them when you make a poor choice due to inexperience. (Not having any backups, renting a server from some shady company that turns sour...)
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... I'm sure no one would want to spend a ton of money on acquiring new customers, only to lose all of them when you make a poor choice due to inexperience. (Not having any backups, renting a server from some shady company that turns sour...)
Truly, these are words of wisdom. Try things first on a small scale (even if it is not profitable) ... sort of a 'proof of concept' and 'learning experience' wrapped in one.
Practice makes perfect so practice things that may happen in the future. For example, do a complete restore of your backups. You don't want your first attempt at restoring to be while you have a couple hundred customers breathing down your neck ;-)
Have a plan for what you will do if you are DDOSed or hacked. These are things that are better to learn on a small scale. Once you have mastered things it will be easier to grow it.
This is not the ONLY way ... but it is a way that leads to success for many people.
Funding and a business plan are definitely a MUST ... but they are no replacement for experience. The alternative to 'starting small' is to work for someone else in the industry and gain experience that way.
If you have no experience in the industry and don't plan on consulting with people who do, then a big startup budget most probably will lead to disaster. If you have the funds AND knowledge, this would the ideal way to start in this industry.
But for the vast majority of people starting new, it is definately wise to start small, and work on your skills and experience as you go.