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I saw an opportunity back then in Windows hosting (4 years ago) due to limited competition and high prices.
So it was not a hobby. But yes it was an area that interested us and we decided to put money/time into it.
First I started with a huge, free, 1&1 web hosting account, I knew some people that needed hosting, so I offered some of the unused space in my account to them for a fee. Then I realized, wait a minute, how would a control panel work, thus sparked my first reseller, and my first hosting biz. Sooner, rather than later, you eventually figure out what you're doing.
I've always been interested in the hosting industry and used to read forums such as this one where hosts were all helping each other out and knowing this I decided to start my own as a hobby to see what it was like, and a year later, I still love being a host and being able to sponsor sites for those that do really need it and being able to offer quality hosting at a low cost.
Started as a hobby when I realized I was paying more on hosting fees for my websites than a reseller account would cost. Got myself a reseller account and sold off the extra space to break even. And over the years it grew to become an even bigger hobby!
Started as a hobby.
Recently I realised, "Jayzus there's nobody in my area providing cPanel hosting with Fantastico!" so I started Déise Host.
In the near future I hope to bring it a step further and go back to providing resellers.
I originally started through an interest in game servers about 4-5 years ago and since then I have gradually developed things and changed to mainly offering dedicated servers and web hosting as a proper limited company. I still enjoy what I do but it is now more than just a hobby and more of a job.