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  1. #1
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    Parttime reseller??

    Heyo,

    Is it possible to start a webhosting company (starting with reselling first) on a parttime basis? I can check my email (provide support) in the morning, midday and at night.

    Is this possible? or do you think I should stay away from hosting if I want to do it parttime?

    I don't really need to make (big) profit in the first couple of months or years (I do want to break-even ofcourse) but I sure want to make good profit in about 5 - 6 years... when I established a solid client base...

    Last edited by Luminance; 07-05-2002 at 03:23 PM.

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    I think its possible, the more you grow the more hours you need to spend

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    How hard or easy has it been for part time resellers to get new business? What has been the best way for you to get new business?
    I too am thinking of doing it part time and would like to hear any tips the "veterans" are willing to share.

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    I would say about 99% of resellers ARE parttime. I doubt a full time reseller would have enough to put food on the table .
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    Yes this would be more than possible. Most people will start small doing it in their spare time between a job perhaps, and then if they are successful at it then they would be able to go at it full time. So long as you don't promise anything such as 24/7 support which you clearly wouldn't be able to provide, then you shouldn't have any problems at all. I wish you all the best with your new business should you decide to start up!

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    Hi, i am a parttime reseller, and i admit it. I do answer all my emails a.s.a.p. I check my emails, first thing in the morning ( 8ish ) then i cant check them untill 4:00, and i stay on the net from about 4:00 - 11:00 each night, and most of weekends, so im a bit more of a part time reseller. Everything working fine upto now, and no problems...yet

    Matt

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    full time resellers

    A bit rude for my first post, so apologies in advance, but how much should a full time reseller make??
    I know that it all depends upon the number of clients (therefore the possible number of domains being administered) and the amount that you charge your clients etc, but how much should a full time reseller be earning after a year??
    Is it solely on the number of clients and how much they pay you? Sounds silly I know, but with regards to net profit after expenses etc?
    And on average, how many clients would be expected after a year in the industry, or two?

    Thanks guys.

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    Re: Parttime reseller??

    Originally posted by Luminance
    Heyo,

    Is it possible to start a webhosting company (starting with reselling first) on a parttime basis? I can check my email (provide support) in the morning, midday and at night.

    Is this possible? or do you think I should stay away from hosting if I want to do it parttime?

    I don't really need to make (big) profit in the first couple of months or years (I do want to break-even ofcourse) but I sure want to make good profit in about 5 - 6 years... when I established a solid client base...

    Yep, part-time for a reseller is no problems at all. Just as long as you can get to your client's support emails every 12hrs or so. You could start part-time and then as the cashflow kicks in, you get your own servers and then head into a more full time deal. But it's dependant on the cashflow the business generates and your lifestyle etc...
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    Heh, most people that even have a lot of customers only do this part time.

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    Re: full time resellers

    Originally posted by OzDan
    A bit rude for my first post, so apologies in advance, but how much should a full time reseller make??
    Impossible question...
    I know that it all depends upon the number of clients (therefore the possible number of domains being administered) and the amount that you charge your clients etc, but how much should a full time reseller be earning after a year??
    Another impossible question...
    Is it solely on the number of clients and how much they pay you?
    Ahhh, yep.
    Sounds silly I know, but with regards to net profit after expenses etc? And on average, how many clients would be expected after a year in the industry, or two?
    Impossible question. But after 2 years and working hard, you should be around the 500 to 1000 client base. Of course at this level, you have several of your own servers.
    Thanks guys.
    Impossible question..
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    Choosing a reseller is also a pain in the a(*peep*). There are a couple of good ones but it's so hard to choose one...
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    Originally posted by Luminance
    Choosing a reseller is also a pain in the a(*peep*). There are a couple of good ones but it's so hard to choose one...
    Yes, but if you're serious about your reseller hosting business, make sure you get multiple suppliers. These companies are your supplier, so you should have 3 minimum etc...

    So, get an account with mchost.com and another with splashhost.com and another with voxtreme.com. Those 3 suppliers will provide you with a good supply base to draw from and setup your hosting plans for your clients etc.

    Of course if all goes well, 12mths down the track you'll have your own servers, so you'll be transfering these clients from their servers to your own servers.
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    Thanks AussieBob.
    Maybe too much fresh air and cold weather up in Toowoomba has got you poking tongues at this Brisbane city lad??

    But still, my questions were up in the air and as you put it, pretty unanswerable.
    OzDan.

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    So you're saying; (i.e) get Mchost account, fill it with costumers >> get splashhost account, fill it with costumers etc.??
    I ask many questions

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    What i think he is trying to say!

    Im not sure but im more south of Australia than these boys....

    Is that You maybe should get an account with 3 suppliers and have maybe six name servers to back up all your customer websites on

    Im not sure back in the days of reselling we use to do that but it was alittle hard FTPing to two sites and not one!

    But it also could be that he ment buy an account from 3 resellers and fill them up then go to another fill it up etc So maybe if one is down you have 30 customers on WHT bagging you out and the other 60 on the other two servers supporting you

    Aussie BOB what are you trying to say seriously! ehehe

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    hey.. that's a really good idea... never thought of it!
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    Originally posted by OzDan
    Thanks AussieBob.

    Maybe too much fresh air and cold weather up in Toowoomba has got you poking tongues at this Brisbane city lad??
    I have 2 pairs of socks on and my toes are still freezing. Brrrrrrrr.
    But still, my questions were up in the air and as you put it, pretty unanswerable.
    OzDan.
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    Originally posted by Luminance
    So you're saying; (i.e) get Mchost account, fill it with costumers >> get splashhost account, fill it with costumers etc.??
    Yep. I'm not neccessarily saying use those suppliers. Just 3 separate suppliers. When I was in the building industry, you never had 1 supplier for anything. You always had multiple accounts with multiple suppliers, should something go wrong with the supply from 1 supplier etc..

    You don't want to put all your eggs in the 1 server, so to speak.
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    is there already a topic on how to do this or how it exactly works?
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    Originally posted by Choppy
    What i think he is trying to say!
    OK, this'll be interesting.
    I'm not sure but im more south of Australia than these boys....
    QLD won the State of Origin.
    Is that You maybe should get an account with 3 suppliers and have maybe six name servers to back up all your customer websites on

    Im not sure back in the days of reselling we use to do that but it was alittle hard FTPing to two sites and not one!
    Ahhh, I wasn't thinking along those lines, but that's not a bad idea. Just never figured out how to effectively run database driven sites off multiple servers...
    But it also could be that he ment buy an account from 3 resellers and fill them up then go to another fill it up etc So maybe if one is down you have 30 customers on WHT bagging you out and the other 60 on the other two servers supporting you
    Yep, that's more what I was thinking.
    Aussie BOB what are you trying to say seriously! ehehe
    I don't really know. It's too cold. My brain is starting to freeze.
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    Originally posted by Aussie Bob

    Yep. I'm not neccessarily saying use those suppliers. Just 3 separate suppliers. When I was in the building industry, you never had 1 supplier for anything. You always had multiple accounts with multiple suppliers, should something go wrong with the supply from 1 supplier etc..

    You don't want to put all your eggs in the 1 server, so to speak.
    I am trying to do this, but each of them need me to point my domain name to their server to run the control panel for administering my reselling account....maybe because it is an Ensim account? Or should I just register three domains and use them regardless of where my main hosting website is located?

    What do you resellers do?

    Thanks in advance....

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    I Don't get the multiple reseller accounts either....
    Do you mean didvide your sign-ups between 3 diff providers?
    I.e. First one of day goes to "mchost", second to "spalshhost", 3rd to "voxterme"????

    What if all 3 don't offer the exact same features..
    with the reseller account I want it would be hard to near impossible to find 2 more w same features.

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