There are two different types of Minecraft Server Owners out there: those who want a server as a fun side hobby, and those who push after the potential it has to make money.

There’s no doubt that there are shades in between each, or that a person who starts in one group can eventually transition to the other,but overall those are the two main groups that every server owner falls under.

The question is: Which one are you?

If you say that you’d like to pursue monetizing a Minecraft server and running it as a business, then are you taking the necessary steps to actually succeed in that goal? Running a business is a long-term, tough road to follow that most people fail at. Not just Minecraft server owners, either – various estimates show that 50% to 80% of all new businesses shut down within the first few years, and Inc.com says that a whopping 96% of all businesses fail within 10 years.

This is no different for Minecraft servers. In fact, I’d venture to guess that the number of Minecraft servers that fail in the first 18 months is actually on the higher end of those numbers.

Why do so many Minecraft Server shut down?

There are so many different reasons, and none of those reasons really satisfy the players that come to love those servers, but I think it can be summed up pretty well: lack of preparation.

As said before so many times, running a Minecraft server is no simple task. As a server owner, you have so many tasks to juggle and hats to wear. You’re training staff, customizing plugins, building worlds, managing players, launching a website, advertising, engaging with the community, commissioning art, etc… etc….

But if you come into the process with a solid plan and an understanding of the struggles that are ahead, then you’ll be much more likely to push through the tough times and find success in the future. There is not a path to take that will see you gaining instant success your first month, or even year, or launching a new server. This is a long term game, and you need to prepare yourself for a lot of the obstacles headed your way if you want this to all pay off.

That’s where my interview with AlexzanderFlores of Opal Gaming comes in. Alexzander talks about a number of different aspects of how to run a Minecraft server as a business, and he brings with him words of advice and stories of mistakes that he made while learning how to run his own Minecraft servers.

Listen to the interview I had with him in the Friends of the Server Episode 7 above, or look through the links below for your favorite podcast streaming service to tune in.

If you want to run your Minecraft server as a business, then you’re on the right path. Take heed of Alexzander’s advice, and that path might just become a little easier.