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  1. #1

    Question Question about small hosting business

    I currently lease a colocated server that I use for personal things like an email server and blogs for my friends.

    However, my brother is doing some web design for a company, and he would like to host it on my server.

    It would be nice to take in a little money to help pay for the server and help my brother out. But I'm kinda lost here.

    Can I do this as an individual without taking on too much liability? Or do I need to form register a company? A few people have told me that I can cover myself with a proper AUP/SLA.

    Any advice is appreciated.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Helping out your brother, even if he pays you, does not require any registration as a company. Just go ahead and put him on!

  3. #3

    set expectations early

    You probably don't need agreements in place with your brother before you start - but you ought to think about doing some paperwork with the company whose webpage he's designing, because you don't want to end up with them pissed off at you because their web pages become unavailable. You want it to be clear that you're doing them a favor and can stop whenever you want - what if they get a ton of traffic and send your colo bill sky high, or get the colo people mad at you? They also shouldn't get the impression that the way things normally work is that they pay someone to put together a website and get free hosting eternally - it's great if you and your brother want to do that right now, but that's a pretty difficult expectation to support over the long run.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    yea. ur concern should be with the company and not ur brother.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Orlando FL USA
    it's great if you and your brother want to do that right now, but that's a pretty difficult expectation to support over the long run.
    I would also have an agreement with your brother concerning what he can expect from you and what he can't. This helps to ensure you remain on good terms with your family and helps to avoid having something as silly as the hosting of an account bring contention between you and him.

    Families have broken up over lessor things and it's important to do everything you can to keep your relationships in tact over and above all else.
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  6. #6
    Thanks for all the info.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Unfortunately, money makes people grow horns and tails... Even family. Your brother comes first because you cant grow another one

    You dont need to register a company just put him on your server, i can think of countless hosts that do this
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