As a freelance web designer, you may experience highs and lows in terms of your workflow. There are times when client work seems to come in non-stop, and then there are periods of dry spells where you are actively seeking out new clients. Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to earn passive income that can make up for the slow times during the year? The good news is, there is and it is by hosting your client’s websites.
What are the Benefits of Hosting Client Websites?
You may come across clients who have their own web hosting already, but what about the ones who don’t? You can easily offer to host their websites for them. There are many perks to hosting as many of your client’s websites as possible.
One of the biggest perks is having a recurring income coming in on a monthly basis. Some clients may pay yearly, but a majority may choose a monthly pay plan. As you host more and more client websites, the more recurring income you can make. Besides the occasional customer service issues, hosting is somewhat passive income.
You are Comfortable in One Hosting Environment
You will be familiar with the hosting environment. You will know how to quickly set up new databases, create email accounts, manage software installs and more. Adding new clients is a breeze because it is all done from one admin area. If a client needs more server space or bandwidth, you can do so with a click of a button.
It is a Service That is Easy to Sell
Many clients do not want the hassle of figuring out how to point their domain to their web host. Most people have no clue how any of it works. By offering to host their website, you will be providing them with a huge service. They have already entrusted you to design and build their website, why not host it as well? Most clients understand the costs associated with web hosting so it is often rarely an issue to charge extra for this service. It is monthly recurring income and your clients will have the peace of mind of knowing their entire web project is in good hands.
You Are in Control
Have you ever tried to complete a project with a client who hosts their website with someone else? It can feel like pulling teeth to get simple details such as a web host administrator login or FTP information. Sometimes the client has no idea who is hosting their website or they have lost their login information. Even worse, they have given hosting responsibility to an IT person who is on a power trip and refuses to cooperate. When you are in control of their hosting, there are no obstacles to complete any necessary tasks. Upgrading to a new version of PHP or allocating more space to an email account does not require permission from a third-party.
Easier to Manage Unreliable Clients
It would be great if all of your clients were easy to work with and paid on time. There will be the occasional client that never pays their invoices on time. One way to grab their attention is by disabling their account until they have made their payment. Often times, clients do not view managing their websites as a real business. That is until their website is down and they lose business themselves. When you host client websites, you have full control of disabling or closing their accounts altogether if they are not making their payments.
A great way to get started with hosting client websites is by using a reliable and decent reseller hosting service. Particularly one that caters to web designers and developers. There is no better time than now to get started with offering web hosting. Your clients will benefit and you can significantly boost your freelance income.