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Curious to see if there are those out there who would be willing to pay a nominal fee to get something self-hosted for them

Eg: I run my own servers, spin up docker containers with your service, and you manage everything from the front-end

@brandon I'm running the Mastodon instance I'm using to toot this message to you on exactly that kind of service. 🙂

One-click apps are also what make DigitalOcean fun to use, although they've recently been scaling that back.

@bobstechsite I see the market with Master host, but I wonder how many other self hosted services people want to have

@brandon I would, especially if you provided resources for users that informed them about how to eventually migrate over to hosting it themselves (beyond your current scope, I think). I'm fascinated by what all I might be able to do with a Linode, for instance, but that's a domain that I'm way uninformed about.

Pleroma is supposedly might lighter, resource-wise, than Mastodon and I don't know of a service for spinning up instances of it; perhaps corner that market?

@bthall I could start there 🤔

This will take some planning to get this done right without getting overwhelmed :P

@notafurry So I have a name for the type of company that would be...what do I do with that now?

@brandon Well, the big problem is it's an established and mature market, which means you'd be trying to compete with lots of big established companies with lots of resources and thin profit margins.

You'd need some kind of angle to make a go of it, especially with limited resources.

@notafurry I don't know if many of those companies do stuff like Gitea, Pleroma, Eclipse Che.

I know one of the companies like DigitalOcean might be mentioned but the glory of this is that you don't have to touch a command. You just log into the web browser.

Obviously in the beginning it would be work-intensive, as are a lot of businesses, but I think it's a mostly untapped market. I might even contact those MastoHost guys for some pointers :P

@brandon I'm not a customer in that market space and I haven't paid attention to those specific services - but I'm absolutely certain there are existing companies who do that level of service for the products they support. I'd be surprised if they didn't do those, especially if we're talking dockerized applications.

If you wanted to keep it small and more of a personal lifestyle company, that might be achievable. You'd structure it as a consultancy, probably best to focus on one or two apps.

@brandon Then just find enough clients to keep your income level above the level to which you've become accustomed, and stash enough in the bank to cover when one of them goes away.

It's not a bad way to go if you can pull it off.

@brandon Main thing though is your most critical skills wouldn't be docker or systems administration, they'd be customer service and relationship management.

@notafurry Oh yeah definitely familiar with that aspect of this kind of service. I work in tech support so communicating with users/customers is certainly one of my forte's

by chance would you have somewhere I can contact you via IM? Say Telegram or Keybase?

@notafurry I think that's what I'll start with, just two apps. I think I'll go with Pleroma and Gitea. The former I'm less familiar with but I understand the concept and I've set my own up before. The latter I use and love :P

@brandon I setup My server on old hardware around august and plan was to share host whit friends. Idea was to setup services and let them test out. If they like services (I use only free ones) and are into this then we all upgrade server and use it. But in reality I have to little experiance and I make changes to server on the go. Now I don't want anyone on My server till I'm ready for it - when I can provide stable service.

@brandon A few questions...
Where will the biz be located (country)?
Where will the servers be (country)?
How big will your legal fund be?
There may be more after answers.

@geniusmusing Right now I intend it just to be something that I can use to support my blog/podcast and my personal Gitea instance.

I want to get something in Sweden

Legal fund? None yet

Remember GDPR is there and not sure if being just a host will get you off the hook, also you may want to get some legal help when doing paperwork and not sure if different in CA but in US you would also want to be a corporation of some kind to protect yourself.
@brandon Remember GDPR is there and not sure if being just a host will get you off the hook, also you may want to get some legal help when doing paperwork and not sure if different in CA (you are in CA, right?) but in US you would also want to be a corporation of some kind to protect yourself.

@geniusmusing 🤔 Good points, right now I'm just planning stuff but it's good to think about during this process

I am in Canada, yes

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