How long did it take from an idea to start hosting to get the servers to finally having your site live? The hardest thing for us is that we have all the servers up and running and the cpanels working; we just need to get the site live. The site is dnsed and everything just need to link the merchant software to the customers. I would just like to know some feedback as to how long it took you.
Well, I'm getting closer to launching, but still not quite. The plan has been in the works for over 6 months, hammering out the details, researching my options, the market, etc. My server was purchased this morning, business name was decided upon earlier this week, and now I'm heading into the developmental stages of the website, which I anticipate taking around a month or so to complete.
So, the whole process taking about 8 months I'm guessing.
from the time i first thought about doing this, to when i was up and running was over 2 years. no, that's not 2 years worth of making a business plan. most of it was just me trying to decide if this is what i really wanted to do and looking around at the various resellers to see what they had to offer. the timeframe for when i finally decided to do it was about 3 - 4 months. by this point, i had already been lurking here on WHT and reading up on things i would need to know.
Different people do things differently. However, taking 2 weeks to come up with a business plan, and then having it work out, is a very slim chance. If you wanted to get investors, it would be tought, definately.
From memory, about 2 to 3 weeks of market research and then we went live around 5th December 2001, or there abouts. We're coming up 12mths in business soon and all is going extremely well. It has far exceeded my expectations and projections.
I guess also depends on what business skills you bring into your new venture. Some folks could take several years to get started and some could get started in a matter of weeks. IMO, it's extremely foolish to judge either one.
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