Becoming a Web Hosting Company
Web hosting is a billion dollar industry and like any other billion dollar industry, there is a lot of competition. But that doesn't mean that with a little blood, sweat and tears that you too can't be a successful web hosting entrepreneur. So many web pages get set up every day that there is always opportunity for another company to rise to the top.
Hard Work and Commitment
Above all, starting your own web hosting company requires hard work and tireless commitment. The benefit is that a web hosting company can be started on a shoestring budget and all of that elbow grease goes towards creating a thriving web hosting venture. Expect to work somewhere in the realm of 70-80 hours a week. Profits will have to be reinvested in your business to improve productivity and update services, not to mention the huge amount of marketing that will have to go into getting the name of your company out there.
Check Out Reseller Web Hosts
Many web hosting businesses started out by purchasing a reseller account already hosting several domains. Reseller accounts give startups the tools they need to take on customers and concentrate on marketing and customer service rather than having to build every aspect of your web hosting business from the ground up. The drawback though is that working off of a reseller host means that you are bound by that web hosts way of doing business. You have no way of controlling the hardware and therefore are powerless if something goes wrong...and something always goes wrong.
If you are a technically gifted person, you can manage your own server or if you have more money to burn, purchase a managed dedicated server. The startup cost increases, sure, but the freedom from the reseller web host account could be worth the price.
Marketing your web hosting company is imperative. If customers don't know you are out there, you won't make any money, simple as that. Just as there are many web hosting companies out there, there are tons of web marketing companies out there eager to earn business. Who you can afford and the kind of promotion you can bankroll is up to you, but just like in web hosting, it is possible to find the right company for the right price.
You also have to contend with larger companies who can afford to lower their prices in favor of more customers. In this case, the power of the startup lies in strong customer service.