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    What licenses are needed?

    Exactly What licenses are needed to start a web hosting company?

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    That depends how you start.

    Dedicated server, colo or Reseller?

    What control panel.
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    starting off with dedicated servers and most likely using cpanel

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    Well the licences to run cpanel usually come when you get a server with it included. Other than that you'll need to have a billing script/support script which you will need to pay for etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by mduran View Post
    starting off with dedicated servers and most likely using cpanel
    cPanel may come with the server, either free or at an extra charge. It depending on the provider.

    You will also need some form of billing and support system, this may be in one system.

    I think you need to decide what you are going to do and then look into the costs.
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    Are you also talking about what legal licenses you need?

    If so, that depends on your country.
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    yes i was talking about the legal licenses to run my web hosting company. i live in long island ny

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    There are also additional license which you might need, but it all depends on what you want to achieve and offer your customers. You might need a live chat license, forum license etc...As for legal licenses Dan mentioned, it all really depends on where are you from. There are several licenses involved most probably, it all depends what you need to accomplish getting those.

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    If you are serious about it, you will need to register it as a business for your state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mduran View Post
    yes i was talking about the legal licenses to run my web hosting company. i live in long island ny
    The simplest thing would be to register a fictious name, also called a DBA (Doing Business As), with Nassau or Suffolk County, depending on where on LI you live. This allows you to operate as a sole proprietor under a business name.

    If you're more serious about it, you might consider forming an LLC or corporation. This is done at the state level with the New York Department of State. The fees are higher, and there's more paperwork, but it gives you more legal protection.

    Talk to a lawyer and accountant before you do anything. They'll be able to help you figure out which way to go.
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