Can I be a hosting reseller?

Technically, anybody or any company who has an account, either bought or rented from a host service provider, can and may use the account’s allotted hard drive space and bandwidth to host other websites. Once you sell your account’s services to other users for a profit you are already considered a hosting reseller, having resold the services you bought to other users. By this description alone, anybody can become a reseller. Basically, the reseller simply acts like a hosting service provider to those end users.

To answer the question; yes, you can be a hosting reseller. There are a good number of reseller hosting plans already being sold in the market for those who want to become resellers. For example, GoDaddy’s Reseller hosting plans can cost you from $1,719.99/month for their economy plan to as high as $6,449.99/month for their premium plan. Some providers, YouHosting for instance offers a plan where you can start your own reseller hosting company for free.

What do I need to do to become a hosting reseller?

Just to give an overview of how to become a hosting reseller, you need to follow these five simple steps:

  • The first and most vital step is to choose an experienced web hosting that is known for its reliability and trustworthiness. Make a thorough research and choose the best one available where you can provide your clients with the best possible service so they will continue to let your hosting company host their website.
  • Then, choose the best hosting reseller package by making sure that you understand what you will be receiving before you purchase the package. A lot of hosting companies allows you to keep 100% of your sales, and you have to keep a watchful eye for this.
  • After purchasing the hosting reseller package, you will be required to fill out all the necessary information required to become a member. This often includes paying your membership payment.
  • The next step is for you to create your website where you can sell the hosting services to your customers.
  • Then, you need to optimize your website to make it popular and visible to all the internet users and to make it stand out from among the thousands of hosting websites. You may need to submit your website to directories for search engine optimization (SEO), social networking and advertising.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a hosting reseller?

Being a hosting reseller has a lot perks and these are the following:

  • You can earn a residual income which can turn into a respectable profit once you get customer on board.
  • You need not spend for the equipment, as your desktop computer or your laptop will do, nor spend for the lease of space which can be translated into savings and into profit.
  • You have a wide clientele base as it is compatible with services such as website development, website design, blogging and gaming forums.
  • You may simply have to work at home, in your own time, without the need to report to an office.

Despite the obvious advantages that reseller hosting brings, it also has its disadvantages and these are the following:

  • You must have a working knowledge and a technical know-how about web hosting.
  • You may need to troubleshoot problems anytime of the day, perhaps awaking you from your slumber or while you’re having a meal with your family.
  • Remember that web hosting is a 24x7x365 business and you may receive inquiries, e-mails and phone calls even during Sundays and holidays and that you have to respond to these as soon as possible.
  • You may never get to meet your clients.

Is reseller hosting a viable business for me?

Reseller hosting can be a viable and lucrative business; that is if you have what it takes to sune the business, i.e. the financial capacity to jumpstart your business, the technical know-how and a working knowledge on the internet and web hosting, the time and the patience that should be spent on running and managing the business. If you don’t have these yet, better start learning the ropes and then by all means go for it.