It all coes down to budget really. Everyone would love to have a Quad Xeon Server with 8 Gb ram and unmetered 100mbps pipe but VERY few can afford that, those costs hundreds per month at minimum.
If you dont know Linux most sellers offer free or cheap server management plans when purchase form them so you have all the functionality without all the potential headaches.
You can get dedicated servers with an easy to use control panel for as low as $39/month unmanaged these days but if want better quality you will have to pay better money. CPANEl liscenses for servers are up around $40 per month now but most would agree still worth it, that is just the panel
If moeny is real tight and want to get started or if just want to try the business then by all means use a good reseller account to see if is something really want to do and if you can make any money at it.
Everyone has to start somewhere..