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Why You Shouldn`t Become a Web Host
By: Terri Wells
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    2006-12-06

    Table of Contents:
  • Why You Shouldn`t Become a Web Host
  • No Vacation Time
  • Whereís the Money?
  • Donít Look Behind You

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    So youíre dreaming of quitting your job and starting up your own web hosting business. You figure that it canít be too hard, especially with reseller web hosting packages. Just lounge your way to easy street, right? Wrong.

    Web hosting is a business, like any other, and the vast majority of businesses fail in their first year. It is not a way to fast, easy money. Donít believe me? Do a little research for yourself. A recent article at Tech News World on choosing a web host pointed out that ďmany of the biggest [web hosting companies] filed for bankruptcy protection or were saved by being sold to some other companyÖĒ So if even the big guys have problems, how can it be easy for a little guy?

    Youíre probably thinking that little guys can be more agile, and besides, you donít need to deal with the huge cost of overhead that is part of the burden of a large company. You therefore donít need to make as much money as, say, GoDaddy. So surely you wonít have the same kinds of issues, right? Well, itís true that when a problem increases in magnitude to that degree, its nature changes Ė but just because youíre not paying a salary to thousands of employees and rent on a corporate campus doesnít mean you donít need to worry about what youíre paying yourself and one or two employees, to say nothing of the electric bill for your home office.

    I donít expect your dream of entrepreneurship will die an easy death, so Iím going to give you a list of reasons why shouldnít become a web host, or at least rethink your decision. If youíve read Matt Inglotís article on the top five reasons not to become an entrepreneur, youíll spot some parallels here. But web hosting has some special issues that canít really be mentioned in a general article about being an entrepreneur, and Iím going to expand on those here.

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