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Starting a small VPS business questions

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by YousB, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. YousB

    YousB Junior Member

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    WARNING: Some of these questions may sound stupid. Very stupid.

    Hello! I was pondering the other day and thought to myself what if I obtained a bunch of older computers either free from friends/family, scrap yards? (is it possible to find old pcs and monitors that work?) and maybe cheap on eBay.

    Would i I be able to take these machines upgrade them and maybe give them my magic touch to make them run like new then virtually rent out these machines?

    As for internet I know running too many machines in my own home is bad for my internet and power ha. How many is too many for one house? Would it be possible to store/ hide the computers in places with free wifi?

    All input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    If the computers are old then it will be pretty pointless.

    Unless you have some money to spend then i would forget about this idea.
    Too much work for too little earning potential.
     
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    i saw people earning on pennies from vps business > pritell

    you do not need to install monitor on every computer.
     
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    tristangemus Regular Member

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    To start, why not rent a dedicated server?

    When you start making some money, you can then decide if you want to buy your own equipment or not.

    I recommend Gorilla Servers, great support and machines (I bought a dedicated server from them a while back, not affiliated).
     
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    It's great that you're exploring and asking questions. To answer your questions, it doesn't sound like you have an idea of how it all works. It requires very high upfront costs, but if you have money to invest it can be profitable in the long run.

    You wouldn't be able to run them off of your home internet connection. You'd need a MUCH faster connection (not even available to home use). You'd also need new servers. While old home computers can be converted, they suck and are pretty much useless for using them as a VPS.
     
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    You'll need a decent connection, plus what do you plan on doing when people are committing fraud using your boxes?

    If I were you I would use them yourself, selling blasts or something.
     
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    If your considering 'old' computers, the majority of them won't even have virtualisation enabled on their CPU's.

    Like the others have said above, save yourself a lot of trouble and look into other ventures to make $$$. Starting a VPS company requires a lot of command line knowledge and a fairly big initial investment to start off.
     
  8. YousB

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    Would it still be smart to obtain a computer or two to run bots on? What other things can I do on extra computers I heard someone mention blasts?
     
  9. Asif WILSON Khan

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    You can run bots on them but again the age of the computers will determine whether it is worthwhile or not.
    Also it will depend on your Internet Connection.

    If you have computers lying around then do it but otherwise it won't be worth your time and energy to set up.
    Just rent a VPS to run any bots you want to run.
     
  10. netmoney1

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    As everyone suggested, it wouldn't be possible - there are other ways to start making money. Maybe post some info in regards to what you are currently doing or what you are capable of doing and some people can make some suggestions.

    But attempting to start a VPS business with those old machines would be the equivalent of wanting to start a Lamborghini repair shop using old stone age tools (rocks and sticks) - it just won't work.

    I would ditch any idea having to do with old machines - not worth your time, effort and money.

    So many other ways to make money....what do you enjoy doing? Let's see if we can't point you in the direction of something with some earning potential.
     
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  11. YousB

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    Thanks everyone for the helpful replies, I appreciate all of them. I currently run bots on my computer and laptop for addmefast etc.. because I am taking action and getting serious about social media marketing. I've got my page to about 2k likes and have some activity on my page. I am experimenting with Facebook at the moment and starting with not the goal of money but experience hence why I am making a funny/soccer community page something similar to "Soccer Memes" (925k likes).

    I also keep a little notebook of ideas for Pinterest and Twitter concepts, but for now I am experimenting so advice in these directions would be great.

    I also bought and about 85% completed a directory website with a good local area domain name. I feel bad because the only thing not working is the "add your business" button and I've put of fixing it for a month because I don't know how and was afraid to ask for help. (This is a WP site). Also wanted to learn how to rank it first page on my own without a service because it is a local keyword not searched by too many.

    So I guess that's what I've been investing my time into :p. Advice and pointers via post or PM are all appreciated.
     
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    mazgalici Supreme Member

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    if they are old, they consume a lot of energy, they go offline often and they are slow
     
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    if they are old, they consume a lot of energy, they go offline often (you might lose some data) and they are slow
     
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    Well, out of your three points you only got one right, congrats...

    You are indeed correct that the machines will likely use more power, but that is pretty much the only portion of your post of any value.

    @OP - You could always use "older" equipment and sell them as dedicated servers around the price of a good VPS, but you will not be doing this from home, not by a long shot. I guarantee you that your ISP does not allow hosting from home and the connection you have is utter crap in comparison to any decent datacenter.

    To offer GOOD VPS servers and have a high enough density to make a good profit and sell a good prices you will be spending somewhere between $10K & $15K USD per server if you purchase them outright. You still be colocation space, power, bandwidth, IP space tech support etc.

    As everyone else noted, you need some serious capital to get started and the business is extremely saturated. You will be competing with companies who have been in business for 10+ years and have enough volume that there costs will be 1/10th of yours.

    Shared hosting would be a better place to start, but again you will be competing with 1000000's of other vendors with a ton more buying power and lower prices.