Start A Web Hosting Business From Home
This article about how to start a web hosting business from home is composed of two halves. In the first part I will look at how you can promote your new start up business and get customers buying into your service, and in the second part I will look at reseller hosting programs that can be used by anyone to set up a web hosting business with no technical knowledge or experience, and without having to get involved in the technical aspects of the business at all.
I obviously can’t even begin to tell you everything that you need to know to run servers yourself, so I won’t even try to touch on this aspect of it.
Running a web hosting business can be very profitable indeed if you can get clients.
But you will soon find out that it is a very competitive business indeed with lots of big companies already occupying the market and therefore making it very difficult for small, new companies to compete. You will certainly find it very difficult to get natural search traffic or to buy visitors through Google AdWords at a price that give you the return on investment that you need.
But there are still ways that you can do it. One way is to buy and sell websites on auction sites. You can then include 1 month, 6 months, or perhaps even a year of free hosting with every site that you sell, making your listings stand out, attract bids, and make more profit, and also pulling in customers who will most likely renew their hosting with your company after the free period has ended.
Another way is to offer a free hosting service. WordPress offer a free and easy to use platform for creating a free blog hosting site. You can then add your own links to the free blogs people create to generate revenue and promote your own service, as well as selling upgrades to the customers who set up a free account.
Creating a relationship with other businesses, such as web designers, is also a good idea, or even with developers of small CMS scripts. If you know nothing about web hosting you can still get in on this business using a reseller hosting program.
That basically means that you buy web hosting at a wholesale price and sell it on at a retail price, the same as any other business, meaning that you can focus on marketing and sales and leave the technical parts to the people who know exactly what they are doing. And even if you don’t have the design skills to create your own site to sell from you can still do it using a white label, or private label program, many of which are free to use.
They then provide you with templates and a control panel to easily build your own website to sell from without having to do any major design or development work yourself.
As I already said, this can be a very profitable business indeed, but it is worth noting that you really do need to look at a business like this over the long term. Many customers will stay with you and keep paying you money each month for many years. This means that your business can expand very substantially over the course of years as new customers come in and old ones stay with you, generating a very large income.
But you will almost certainly find that this building over a period of years is necessary to reach a high level of profit – you are unlikely, therefore, to make a lot of money in your first year, or perhaps even in your second. But by year 5, you can expect to be doing very well from it indeed.