Author: Michael McGinn

5 Reasons why You Should set up a Reselling Web Hosting Business in 2017

Whether you are looking to set up a hosting business from scratch or want to leverage the existing IT infrastructure of your enterprise, reselling web hosting is one of the hottest business ideas of 2017. Easy to set-up and without having to pump in heavy capital, Reseller web hosting allows you to run a business which is logistically simple while promising good returns. However, before we dive into the prospects of reseller hosting, let’s begin our discussion with the most fundamental question.

How Does Reselling Web Hosting Work?

Today, it is virtually impossible to imagine a business without a website or web presence. From home-based business owners to big corporates, every entity needs a website to promote their service or product in a convenient and affordable manner. One of the most basic requirements of deploying a website on the web is the need of the web hosting plan. This is where your role as a reseller comes into the picture. As a Reseller

  1. You purchase the best reseller hosting package from a reputed upstream hosting provider
  2. You then divide the reseller hosting packages and resell it to individual account holders (your clients)
  3. You are in control of the amount of bandwidth and disk space each account holder will receive
  4. You can create customizable packages and sell it to business owners with different hosting needs

So, when you are reselling hosting plans, you become the intermediary of your upstream host. You can run the business under your label or brand, but the best part is that all the nitty-gritty of running hosting business involving server maintenance, software updates, security fixes, customer support fall on the parent host.

Things to Consider Before Venturing into Reselling Business

The path to reseller hosting can be a little challenging for those looking to venture into the web hosting world for the first time, as opposed to entities who want to leverage their current resources. IT service providers or web design companies, for instance, will find it relatively easier to set up a reselling business within the existing scheme of things. All they have to do is add a new service to their brand name.

Having stated that, both parties should be mindful that reselling web hosting is highly competitive and to start a successful reselling business they should pay attention to the following –

  1. The reputation of the Upstream Host – Partnering with a well-established and favorably reviewed upstream provider will ensure that your client does not face any problem. Since you become the face of the parent host, opting for an unreliable partner can have implication on your branding.
  2. Analysis of the Target Audience – This is paramount before you start the reselling business. Who is your target audience? Are they small business owners or big corporates? An analysis of this metric will guide you to purchase the best reseller hosting plan and build a solid marketing and support team to service them.

In addition to the above, new entrants will also have to build a sound business infrastructure to facilitate brand building. This includes –

  1. Setting up Customer Support– For a competitive edge, it’s advisable to build an in-house customer support team.
  2. Hiring Marketing Professionals – For devising new marketing and promotional strategies across the web and social media platforms.
  3. Hire Business Development Executive – For the purpose of networking to facilitate visibility amongst business circles.

Finally, 5 Reasons why it makes Sense to Initiate Reseller Web Hosting in 2017

A New Window of Opportunity – Business continuously looks for new business opportunities to expand and grow. However, weighing the operational cost and prospects of the business is important before starting any auxiliary service. Thankfully, reselling hosting entails minimal investment, and the business prospects are also bright.

Excellent Way to Supplement Earning – It is the easiest way to earn residual income without much fanfare. However, to get good profits out of the reselling business, it’s important to work out a realistic margin.

A Good Way to Leverage Existing Resources – As an owner of an IT or web design company you already have the requisite resources and expertise at your disposal. In short, you don’t want to drive away focus from the core business to set-up a reselling business.

An Opportunity to Explore New Markets – You may be spearheading a product company that targets a specific group of users. However, with reselling business, you will come into contact with a wider audience that will give you an insight into their needs and perhaps trigger innovation for a new idea.

Give your Business a New Identity – You may be a well-known and established web design agency, but if you excel in the reselling business, your brand will automatically receive a new identity. Adding a new service to your vertical will promote branding effort and can get you more clients.

Final Thoughts

Although from the face of it, reselling business may seem to you as an uncomplicated and simple venture it should be noted that in web hosting is a highly competitive field. Not only will be witness fierce competition, but you should also be in the position to offer excellent customer support service.

To provide smooth service, you may have to hire a client redressal team. At the same time, you may also have to set-up a dedicated team for branding and marketing endeavors.

Coffee Shop Poster is a success

Yesterday 9/13/17 I dropped off 10 flyers that I created to advertise the WiFi access for the coffee shop I visit each morning before work.

Today I come back to check on the flyers and they were all gone.  This is great news.

I asked the barista that works in the morning if the stack had been thrown away or if customers had actually taken them.  He said the stack of flyers did not get thrown away so customers must have taken it with them.

The cool thing about the flyer is that it also advertises my free web site hosting offer and advertises my 2 web play projects to the customers that jump on line at the cafe.  So great take rate and targeted to a customer that would very possibly be open to giving my free web site hosting service a try.

Here is the flyer that I am distributing there.

I am glad the owner is allowing this to be distributed as it is giving me great ideas for approaching other coffee shops to do the same thing and just could possibly lead to multiple distributor points for new resellers for the hosting services at http://geekzonehosting.com

WapTug.Com Launches WebIDE

Today we launch our redesigned and enhanced WebIDE and Blog Farm.

Jump on over to http://OnLineInteractivity.Com and check out our new launch page.

Signing up will get you some cool spiffs.

 

Free 1 page landing page you can build and design using the Weebly Cloud drag and drop web site designer and a theme code editor.

Free WebIDE account with a web application coding environment on line with team coding ability for remote teams to collaboratively code at the same time on the same code.

Free WordPress blog on our Blog Farm that will allow you to spin off other blogs for your friends.

Access to the social networking stream that all the blogs on our network can post to.

Technical Forums to share your coding questions.

Plus each member of our blog farm can contribute ideas to make our blog farm network better.

You can jump in and start working with what ever technology your interested in.

We even have computer equipment for sale if you want to explore being a maker.

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