In this next series of articles, I will be outlining the ins and outs of hosting your own server applications as opposed to farming them out. The principals are similar in nearly any industry. In real estate, you can buy or rent. When you remodel, you can do it yourself (DIY) or pay someone else. If you run an office, you probably lease your office equipment and have someone else do the maintenance. The concept is the same. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but when you depend on cash flow to make your monthly nut, sometimes the DIY route is the way to go.
Note: I will always advocate hiring others to do the repetitive, mundane work, as long as the value received outweighs the dollar spent.