In Business To Make A Profit
The most common problem I see with freelancers getting caught up in hosting their clients work is they are not turning a profit for it.
ISPs offer hosting solutions based upon the idea that the customer will perform the maintenance of their own website. Most ISPs charge between
$95(US) per hour if you need them to do work on the server.
When I speak with freelancers caught hosting their clients work. The majority of the time they collect a small fee (if any at all). That's not the way it should be.
Shared Hosting Paints A Distorted Picture
The majority of small freelance web work can be hosted on shared web solutions. These are either Wordpress sites, small static sites, etc.. etc.. Things that don't require a complex dedicated server.
This has caused the most problems for freelancers.
The average cost for shared hosting is between
$29 per month. This creates a low-perceived value in the eye of the client. They often fail to understand the man hours involved in the maintenance of a website. Shared virus dedicated doesn't really matter. It takes time to set things up, and go in to change things when needed. Getting a Wordpress website to run smoothly has little to do with what kind of service the client rented from the ISPs.
Invest, Grow and Charge For It
You're in business to make money. Run it like a business.
- Get yourself a powerful dedicated server that can handle all your customers at once.
- Charge your customers an arm and a leg for space on your server.
- Put the profits back into investing on better server equipment. Give your customers the best web experience possible.
- Buy space on content delivery networks and charge the client for it.
My argument is simple. You have an advantage over other ISPs. The customer is more likely to rent space from you, then having to research and buy space from another company they've never dealt with. It's your chance to mark up, profit and generate another stream of income.