In addition to hosting resource-demanding sites, there's a further reason to buy a virtual or a dedicated server for yourself - to launch your hosting company. This is an ever expanding business, since more and more people and businesses start their web presence, which means that they need hosting space and a domain. If you have a server, you can make hosting offers and then sell them, so you can not only cover your expenses in case you host your personal sites on the server too, but you will also make a decent profit by running a prosperous business. What you need for that is a server, a billing program, which will be the link between the reseller web site and your web space, plus a business account with a payment processor for instance PayPal or 2CheckOut, in order to be able to receive Internet payments. The benefit from reselling server space over the use of a regular reseller program is that your customers will have considerably more system resources and you can set up the server-side software which their sites may need so as to function properly. The latter will not be possible with a shared hosting reseller program, since you'll have specific limitations in this regard.