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  Post #31 (permalink)   06-24-2005, 08:54 AM
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  Post #32 (permalink)   06-24-2005, 09:36 AM
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does not matter what is your age, but matters what quality service you offer to people
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  Post #33 (permalink)   06-25-2005, 08:19 PM
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lol, I see what you guys are talking about. Like GAMERGANG said, young men... not kids. When you said KIDS I thought you mean like a kiddie xanga type of thing :-P
 
 


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Kids and hosting is always an interesting topic and now having been on both sides of the spectrum I'd like to offer up my input.

The majority - I'd say 97%-98% of kids - should not be hosting. I'm not saying this because I want to toot my own horn a little later but this is from true experience. There are kids out there who can run a business properly - some better than many adults. There is also a majority of kids out there who aren't capable of running a business. Unfortunately for the hosting industry, a reputation for "getting rich quick" has been established because of the success stories and overall perception of hosting. This is compounded by a lack of capital needed to start up - you can purchase reseller accounts for next to nothing these days.

I think you'll all agree with me that hosting is quite the opposite of easy - it's very demanding. You can spend countless hours trying to rectify problems and explain situations to clients. You need proper software and the knowledge to use that software so you don't leave your clients in the dark. You need proper protection from the legal end - including being old enough to legally enter into a contract or having someone to sign for you.

In light of all of that, I'd consider myself a sucess story. I had my own company until I merged with another. I kept a lot of clients and many of them moved with me when I left my job following troubles with the company formed of the merger. One of the crowning moments came on a board where I read in a post that a member envisioned me as a 30-year-old businessman in a suit. I've known others and read about others around the same age who did the same - so it's possible for teens to host.
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One of the crowning moments came on a board where I read in a post that a member envisioned me as a 30-year-old businessman in a suit.
Rather close to the way I envisioned you till seconds ago. I just didn't see the suit.
 
 


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  Post #36 (permalink)   06-30-2005, 10:38 PM
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One thing that stumps me is why are so many teenagers interested in starting a hosting biz? Sure when I was a teen I was very interested in computers, but more or so programming then hosting (Back when 50mbs space and 100mbs bandwidth cost $30/month ).
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These are all good arguments and i myself do not have a problem with young adults under the age of 18 having a hosting business. As long as they provide good service and satisfy their customers than theres no problem. Although i do see that there is a problem when it comes to them going to school. They have other priorities to attend to and may not be able to respond to their customers. Also when it comes to legal matters it would be better for them to be licensed and be able to sign legal agreements. But if the hoster is serious and dedicated and not just looking to have a business b/c its fun or "cool" in their words then they may be a good provider. There are a number of young adults under the age of 18 that are more intelligent than anyone over the age of 25. All i have to say is if you are 18 or under and is making it in the hosting industry than good for you!!!
 
 


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Ok firstly ill spill it, im only 15 about to turn 16, i do have my own hosting company and yes it is a bloody hard job to fit in around school/college. One problem i have come across is the legal contracts and legislation types. To overcome these i had to get my parents involved and use them as my co - signatures.

At first i made many mistakes, overselling, underselling but now ive got my act together and learnt from my mistakes which is how we develop our mind. I have quite a few clients and i havent recieved one complaint or support issue other than, wots your name?

Overall i feel that TEENS should be able to start their own business because it gives them something to do and gives them an experience but they have to be careful that its the right experience and not doing it for the money!

Well thats my piece
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What college do you have at age 15?
Have you ever had a job working retail? Say, at the local grocery store? I would highly suggest something like that. Gives you major experience in dealing with jerks, nice little old ladies, and everyone between. Will help you toms when it comes to customer support/management.

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Ok firstly ill spill it, im only 15 about to turn 16, i do have my own hosting company and yes it is a bloody hard job to fit in around school/college. One problem i have come across is the legal contracts and legislation types. To overcome these i had to get my parents involved and use them as my co - signatures.

At first i made many mistakes, overselling, underselling but now ive got my act together and learnt from my mistakes which is how we develop our mind. I have quite a few clients and i havent recieved one complaint or support issue other than, wots your name?

Overall i feel that TEENS should be able to start their own business because it gives them something to do and gives them an experience but they have to be careful that its the right experience and not doing it for the money!

Well thats my piece
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  Post #40 (permalink)   10-23-2005, 06:07 AM
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What college do you have at age 15?
I am currently studying BTEC first diploma in sport and also Business studies, we have a wide range of choices due to attending a grammar school

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Have you ever had a job working retail? Say, at the local grocery store? I would highly suggest something like that.Have you ever had a job working retail? Say, at the local grocery store? I would highly suggest something like that.
I have already done that, got kind of used to it and felt id develop on it.
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I'll be true here either yeah I'm only 18, currently trying to work around with my existing work schedule(I'm working as IT helpdesk in university), and I manage to cover all my existing support
 
 


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i can understand why some people don't like young hosters for example before i decided to do my own hosting business, i brought some web hosting not a reseller package just plain simple hosting from a company called reaperhost.com.

i must have been with this company for no more than a week, and so i decided to go and check my online forum from work and post some reply's to posts and when i went to my site "This account has been suspended" and so i went to reaperhost.com to send a ticket and you know what the same at their end "This account has been suspended".

and so i done my research and found their number i rang the number as i wanted to get my money back "30 Day money back if not satisfied" and a lady answerd it and i said hello is this reaperhost and she said no so by now i was a little confused, and then she said i shall get him for you

so in the back i hear her shout max. so i waited for this max to come to the phone and he said hello, and i said hello and said what has happend about reaperhost.com and he goes nothing. "ok" i said thinking to myself something is wrong, anyway i get to the point to asking for my money back

the phone goes dead, "hello" i say no answer just the dial tone. by now i have come to the conclusion that he hung up on me

so even till this day reaperhost is no more and i have not go my money back. this is why i am a bit nervous of being hosted by a kid and as said by someone else what happens if they get broad with web hosting or have no income. the client suffers!!!

any way im going to shut up now!!

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I think everyone who posted here pretty much made all the points that were needed to be made. It's not that hard and there shouldn't really be even a debate about it.

Majority of the kids today are immature in the business aspect. They get a wild hair up their ass and think they can do it. Then they want to go play some video games and blow off a customer or what not. Thats not good business ethics.

Same thing can be said about a 30 year old person (male or female). Wants to go to the bar with some friends, get drunk, etc... all the while their server goes down, and bam, their customers are screwed.

Its not necessarily about the age, although it is more common in 'young adults' rather than 'old adults'. If you are serious about it, and you have your head in the right place, anyone can do it, 13 to 65.

Someone said its all about your dedication and maturity level, and I am with them 110%. Once again, age will not necessarily play a role here.

And I am only 11.

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Amen, i second the above,

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Let truth be known, I am 13, and own a very successful hosting company; American-Hoster.com

I have, now, over 100 clients that are all happy with their services and support; and I run a one man operation ! I started out on a HostDime server paying $160 a month, got my first few customers to handle the bill then moved them to an InterServer, Inc. server; which are faster, cheaper, and better. Now I pay $300 a month for 2 servers ($150 each) and now make about $1500-$2000 (averaged) profit. American-Hoster.com is my newest site, I used to own Inferno-Host but felt it was a retarded name so I closed it.

Still have the same opinion about, literally, kid hosts?
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