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Guide to Starting Your Own Web Hosting Company

written by: Niki Fears•edited by: Robin L.•updated: 3/26/2010

Ever dreamed of starting your own web hosting business? This article can tell you now.

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    Dream of Owning Your How Hosting Business?

    Have you ever thought of starting your own web hosting business? Perhaps you have been looking for a business that you can create and run that does not require enormous over head for shipping and storing merchandise, etc. and have considered the possibilities of a venture is the field of web hosting. Read over the following information to get a better idea of the pros and cons of this field and the different ways in which you can enter into the world of hosting.

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    Knowing the Hosting Market

    Everyone, from the young college student who is wanting to share their experiences with friends and family back in their home town to multi-billion dollar corporations, all need a web site. Which means there is a huge market for web hosting companies. But how exactly do you start your own business as a web host provider? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including your own technical abilities, the amount of money that you want to borrow or have to invest in the venture, how much over head you wish to deal with, and how much control you want over your business.

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    Starting From The Ground Up

    If you are very skilled with the set up and use of networks and server administration and have the money to invest in multiple servers, back up networks, and the staff with the skills to provide full technical support services for your customers then you may want to consider creating your own hosting company from the ground up. This is the most complex and expensive option for becoming a web host provider. You will have to handle billing yourself, provide customer support, and will be responsible for the reliability of the network (uptime) and the security of the data.

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    Reselling Hosting Plans: An Easier Solution

    If this all sounds like a bit more than you are willing to take on, you do have an easier, more doable alternative. You can become a reseller for an existing hosting company. Becoming a reseller is usually quite simple, you sign up with a hosting company that offers the sort of features and service that you would like to embrace for your business. In most cases, you will get a reseller page and account with your brand name on it. The original host handles billing, support, and technical issues. This leaves you free to develop your business and concentrate on ways of gaining customer interest in your hosting services. The parent company will generally allow you to create your own brand name and will charge you a monthly fee and you in turn, are allowed to create you own packages and pricing and can set up user accounts. Reseller fees can range from $20-$100 per month which certainly offers you a much more affordable alternative to creating your own server.

    Either route can provide a great business opportunity for you; just remember to offer your customers the services they need at a price that keeps you up to par with the competition. As your business grows you will better learn what is in demand and how to drive a successful web hosting business.