Webhosting is a highly competitive business. Operating a shared webhosting business is a more than just a full time job. One wrong decision can become an expensive problem in the long run. With this article, we bring insider secrets that will help you start and manage a successful reseller hosting business.
Make a business plan
Sometimes a concept in your mind is just that, a concept. Writing it down and then breaking it into short and long term goals will help you define a direction for your business. It doesn’t have to be an essay, make bullet points or use a template, but make a business plan. A business plan can also help you attract investors and secure a loan.
Incorporate your business
Register your business legally or get help from professionals like Bizfilings.com. Among other advantages like gaining credibility, protection and tax filing benefits, incorporating will protect your personal assets. It will also help you save your taxes by reducing your taxable income.
Create a Brand and Hire a Freelancer
A brand is important to stand out in the crowd. Create a brand name that is easy to remember, something like Hostgator and GoDaddy. Make sure the domain name for the brand is available or start over. Once you have a brand and domain name, hire a designer within your budget to create a logo and a professional website.
Select a Reseller Web Host
This is an important decision because changing services is not an option in the future. A change in provider will result in downtime for your clients and you want to avoid that possibility! Some businesses are into everything and do not focus on any one aspect. I recommend selecting a specialist reseller hosting provider like Othio Hosting. We only do what we do best.
You can’t be online 24X7. If you think you can handle tickets on your own, think again. The time you take to resolve an issue should be less than 4 hours. If you do not have a budget to hire a team of professionals, hire a company that work on a per ticket bases or outsource the department to a reliable company like outsourcehostingsupport.com.
You need an SSL certificate to accept payments but you can also use SSL certificates to offer additional security in other sections of your website.
You need a merchant account from a payment gateway service like PayPal.com or Authorize.net to accept payments. If you are not based in the United States you may want to check if a company supports your country before you sign up for an account. PayPal is a globally trusted brand and supports most countries.
Promoting your business
Promoting your business on a tight budget is possible. You need to invest time in a range of activities like participating in forums, creating content, etc. Click here to read more.