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In my opinion, anything to do with computers is fun..

However.. I would love an idea that nets some money.. Even if it isn't as long as it can be done on the side and I do not lose money or have to spend a ton of money that I will never see ago, I am interested
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Make yourself unique. IT is flooded with managers and tech support guys thanks to crappy colleges.

Learn off-beat things. Like Unix, AIX, AS/400 and anything else that isn't popular.

Playing with computers is one thing, but working in a Corporate enterprise environment is 100 times different than working a tech counter and a PC shop.
    
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@OP

I was going to post earlier, but I was out and hate posting from a phone. tongue.gif As others have rightly pointed out, the market is flooded with people offering this, that and the next. Remote back ups, web space and VPSs have all been commoditised to varying degrees, so standing out is difficult.
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Even if it isn't as long as it can be done on the side and I do not lose money or have to spend a ton of money that I will never see ago, I am interested

By this comment I assume you already have a full time job? Additionally, what skills do you have (administration, code development, networking, etc)? Also since you're looking at hosting a server, what Internet connectivity options are open to you from your ISP?
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I have a Bachelors in Architecture and I am a Project Manager for a Commercial Stone Sub Contractor.. We work hand and hand with computers and coding (Not).. Haha

As for my background in computers.. I dont have much. Took visual basic in High School and well at the time I didn't love it, but I think it was the teacher. I know a little HTML for web design. I am pretty good with Photoshop and Autocad from college and have an ok eye for design.

I have a passion for technology, but I am sure it would be different if I worked in the industry. I am looking for something I can do on the side to make a second income. I don't want to give out to much information, but I am 25 and make ok money for my age, but have the drive to want to do more. My office has a policy to keep work in the office and to not bring it home, so going above and behind for my job after office hours is not an option.

I got some start up many for an idea and was looking into a rental property need a college until a friend of mine decided against it and made it unrealistic to finance it all myself.
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What I was thinking about yesterday was getting a bunch of hard drive space, and setting up a bittorrent sync with people. Charge like $5 per synced folder per month and go from there. Definitely wasn't intending to make (net) any money from it, but I thought it might be something fun to do.
You don't want to do that.... you'll be liable for any pirating.
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I have a Bachelors in Architecture and I am a Project Manager for a Commercial Stone Sub Contractor.. We work hand and hand with computers and coding (Not).. Haha

As for my background in computers.. I dont have much. Took visual basic in High School and well at the time I didn't love it, but I think it was the teacher. I know a little HTML for web design. I am pretty good with Photoshop and Autocad from college and have an ok eye for design.

I have a passion for technology, but I am sure it would be different if I worked in the industry. I am looking for something I can do on the side to make a second income. I don't want to give out to much information, but I am 25 and make ok money for my age, but have the drive to want to do more. My office has a policy to keep work in the office and to not bring it home, so going above and behind for my job after office hours is not an option.

I got some start up many for an idea and was looking into a rental property need a college until a friend of mine decided against it and made it unrealistic to finance it all myself.
Then do it for fun... or learning experience.


You won't be able to set up a "server business" unless you have years of experience and large initial capital. Servers is a game where "economy of scale" matter.
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You don't want to do that.... you'll be liable for any pirating.
Then do it for fun... or learning experience.


You won't be able to set up a "server business" unless you have years of experience and large initial capital. Servers is a game where "economy of scale" matter.

Your insight is helpful.. I would love to do it for fun, but I need to justify the "purchases" and I am looking for a profitable side project that has the potential of being more down the road. I am not saying or asking for someone to tell me what to do. I am basically just speaking out loud since my server idea was a wash.

Thanks for all your help guys and I would not protest any further ideas or help from you guys.
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Thanks for all your help guys and I would not protest any further ideas or help from you guys.

Hey, try not to be put off by anything said here, we're just trying to give you a realistic picture of what you're facing. The problem with any business that is server/hosting-based is that the margins are razor thin, so it's a volume game - penny per click/hour/packet etc. Notice that Amazon haven't said that their EC2 and other AWS services have turned a profit yet - the chances are that they haven't. smile.gif

Probably the best way to go about it is to solve a problem for yourself or your friends; use a cheap VPS or two and see how you go. As Duckie says, start out by doing it for fun and learn new things along the way, which will increase your comfort factor and will give you a far greater return on investment than if you had to pay someone to do your system setup for you.

Another option is to start out by reselling services through an affiliate program, perhaps reselling Usenet, VPS, web hosting or even EC2 itself (or perhaps other AWS services), so you get a feel for selling hosted services (and without the financial commitment).

From there you'll give yourself options: you could either start a business or become a consultant. smile.gif
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I work as the Technical Architect for a company in the building management / energy monitoring industry and have developed a cloud based platform for the software we and clients use.

To sell a hosted service, you have NO chance of profit or even establishing a client base running from your home. The set up I designed and now manage consists of multiple Palo Alto firewalls, and 20+ high performance dell M series blades. Not to mention the redundant SAN as well. The only cost effective way is to colocate your equipment in a big companies data centre with the N+1 power, multiple ISP feeds, high security, automatic fire suppression and efficient & redundant cooling.

Obviously you can start by colocating a single server and build on that. It really does depend on what you are going to be offering. VPS's, Game servers, Web space?

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