It’s a great time to be alive for anyone with a little entrepreneurial spirit, or even those with the urge to break free from the shackles of the 9-5 grind and go it alone.
As the Internet continues to penetrate just about every aspect of our daily lives, the opportunities to get online and start our own business are coming thick and fast, and aren’t likely to stop any time soon.
There’s eCommerce stores to start, platforms to build to help us promote our offline services and a whole lot more, though one kind of business that is commonly overlooked actually involves helping others get online by providing quality and affordable hosting solutions.
Starting your own web hosting company doesn’t mean you have to run out and invest thousands in buying up lots of servers, or that you have to be some kind of technical genius to get everything set up and running.
When you become a web host reseller, most of the hard work is done for you, so all you have to concentrate on is finding customers and turning a profit.
Think this might be the right avenue for you to explore? Here’s just four reasons to start a web hosting reseller business.
1) It’s a natural step from your other business
OK, so this one may not apply to everybody, but for those already involved in offering Internet-related services to their customers, making the move into web hosting is often seen as a natural progression.
Perhaps you’re a web designer or digital marketer who is already helping clients to grow their business online or even creating their own ecommerce website. You’re often advising those clients on which web hosting to buy, maybe you’re setting things up for them, or coming to the rescue when things go awry.
Wouldn’t it be nice where you could have one central location to host all your clients websites, and make a profit from it at the same time?
2) You don’t need a huge capital investment
Building your own web hosting company actually requires very little start-up costs compared to other businesses.
The provider you’re buying a plan from already has everything in place. They’ve spent the money on buying the servers and getting them set up, all you need to do is buy space from them that you can partition off and sell as you please.
At Hostgator for example, their aluminium plan, offering 50GB of disk space and 500GB of bandwidth comes in at just $24.95 per month.
The good news is, that as your business grows, you can always upgrade your reseller account and invest in more space.
3) All the support and tools you need to get started
Your hosting provider doesn’t just give you the actual server space, for your monthly fee, they’ll equip you with all the tools you’ll need to get started, along with ongoing support to help you manage your business long-term.
In many cases, this includes things like billing systems to help you handle payments, video tutorials branded with your business logo to help your customers make the most of their new hosting plan and an easy-to-use control panel making day-to-day admin of your reseller space a breeze.
Whilst you’ll normally be responsible for providing tech support to your customers should they encounter any difficulties, if you run into any problems yourself, you’ll normally find that your provider offers solid customer service to their reseller customers, so there’s always somebody to help if there’s a problem you can’t solve.