HotSpot can be created with little effort and expense. Of course it depends what you like to do. Expenses and terms vary in different countries. Some ISPs doesn’t allow reselling Internet connection, or at least limit the number of connections, which effectively limits your reselling ability, and some of them sells high bandwidth Internet connections which is expensive for starters and often much more than your current needs. You will have to do your homework and find a decent ISP, which will fit within your budget and grow with you.
Apart from ISP expenses there are other expenses depending how you will start this business. If you are creating it as addition to current business, you can minimize expenses if you install WiFi billing software in one of your existing computers.
Otherwise a dedicated computer is required, but the same computer can be used for various other tasks (mail server, game servers, etc). WiFi HotSpot business starters are not required to have employees. This cost reduction has it’s own requirement – you should be able to receive credit card payments from your customers.
Payment is done directly from their computer and instant access is granted in specified time / bandwidth limits. Employees are not needed to create and sell login accounts.
There are many other scenarios to minimize expenses:
If you are running a HotSpot as an additional service, tickets can be printed in advance and sold by Hotel manager, receptionist, bartender, cybercafe operator, and you can even sell it in a vending machines. This is done by exporting accounts from the software and preparing for this purpose.
You can charge customers as monthly subscriptions and receive payments directly to your bank account.
We are sure that you will find an appropriate model to charge for your service and minimize expenses in the right way.