When you obtain a virtual or a dedicated server, you can use it not just to host your personal websites, but also to resell web hosting plans to other people. This will allow you to make good money, since the number of people who build their first site keeps growing and the demand for web hosting services is growing year after year. Aside from the server itself, you will also need a merchant account with some payment processor, which will enable you to accept payments online, and a payment application so that you can link each of them. To use your own server means having extra control as opposed to the ordinary website hosting reseller programs. If, for instance, a customer has to run some script that needs a certain app to be present on the server, there won't be any trouble to install it on a virtual or a dedicated machine, but it will be impossible to do that on a shared server where all reseller accounts are created. With small effort and investment, you have the opportunity to start a successful hosting firm of yours and to be a part of the ever expanding hosting market.