I had managed to find an used-hardware hosting account, and I ended up trying to pay the $40 hosting fee myself. I’d paid a few months before because I had just started a new company and I was worried about not having enough money to pay a bill for that, plus I’d been burned before when people don’t pay for their hosting. I ended up running into the same problem again. I’d been trying to get them to terminate my account for three months, and my requests had gone unanswered. I’d ended up taking a few days off work in order to pay for the month and so I could deal with the issue myself.
I ended up finding a used-hardware host that was willing to terminate my account for the least amount of money. I got to run my site for free for a couple weeks, and it was a lot of fun! So you see, you do have options. If you want to host, then go for it! I’ve been in business doing this for almost twenty years and I’ve had many creative people use my web hosting services. But there’s a difference between hosting and using someone’s account. Hosting is simply paying them to host you site, and while you can get wordpress hosting for free, in most cases you are paying a provider to do the hosting themselves. It’s not the same. I hope you don’t get locked into using a person’s account unless you have absolutely no other options. Don’t feel like you need to sign up with a host in order to start creating an online business. If you are absolutely sure you want to make a career out of it, then you can pick a company with reliable services and come up with your own website design template with them, you can purchase web hosting for low monthly rates or build out your own small website with a link to your blog from each post. I’d be happy to write up a blog post with more tips on this! If you’re willing to put in some time and effort, you can build an online business from scratch. When I started out, I had no experience with web design. I had no skill set to help me learn that. At the time I was working at a school printing a newspaper online to bring in money for the school, and that’s how I became a web designer! I did need to learn some technical aspects, but once I started with Photoshop and web design (and I was serious about web design), I was able to pick up on quite a few techniques in no time. That said, you’ll need to spend some time learning the language before you get to the really nice, easy-to-use web design tool, and learning a programming language is something I did not expect to do when I started. I wasn’t willing to devote the time and effort required to learn it, so I ended up doing the learning part on my own and doing it wrong. It would have been better to learn it the right way, and then use it to its full potential to create awesome online businesses.