Instead of having your site hosted by a web hosting company out there, you could opt to start your own company. If you succeed in this venture, you could reduce your hosting costs, as well as make some extra income.
If you want to start selling web hosting, there are two ways of going about it. The first method involves purchasing equipment, leasing business space, setting up servers, hiring staff to offer support, and finding clients. This is a very complicated process, and is not advisable for people who lack technical knowledge.
The second method is to open a reseller account with an existing host. Once you pay the fee for a reseller account, you will be allotted bandwidth and disk space which you can then sell off to other individuals. Reseller packages come in different forms. There are those that require you to do business under the hosting company’s name, while others allow you to operate under your own unique business name. You should also take not of the billing element of the reseller package. Some packages offer everything you require to start off right away, while others some without a billing gateway.
Reselling web hosting has several advantages. First, anyone can become a reseller, as long as they can afford to pay the monthly fee. Most web hosts give you the freedom to create your own ‘brand’ and set your own prices. You could even have your own name appearing on the name servers. When it comes to technical issues, you don’t have to worry since they are managed by the parent company. All you are required to do is just to sign up customers.
However, signing up customers is not the easiest thing to do. With the thousands of web hosting providers out there competing for clients, distinguishing your business from the competition is an uphill task. Many people are spoilt for choice when looking for a web host. They are likely to check out different hosting sites, carry out some in-depth research on each, and probably ask for references from business associates and friends.
Therefore, to succeed in your venture of selling web hosting, you need to do some advertising to make your business more visible. Most importantly, you need to build a good reputation. Your long term success will be determined by the number of customers you are able to retain. Remember that you don’t have a second chance of making a first impression. During the launch phase, you could run promotional offers and give out freebies. From the onset, make sure you give your customers excellent and technical support. You could also consider offering your customers other services besides web hosting. Most clients who are looking for web hosting also require web design, maintenance and promotion services, as well as SEO services. Being in a position to offer such a package will result in more profits for your business.
Charles Mburugu is a technology enthusiast who is presently writing for a popular blog which offers Hosting Reviews such as Jerry’s WebHostingHub Review. He also writes about internet marketing and social media.
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