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How Much Money I Spend While Building RemoteHub

When building a startup as a solo founder, every dollar needs to be well considered before actually spending it. This is how much I currently spend every month to keep RemoteHub running.

Server

Iโ€™m hosting RemoteHub on DigitalOcean which I chose for itโ€™s super simple server launch and intuitive user interface. Iโ€™ve been using AWS for some of my client projects and itโ€™s so much more complicated compared to Digital Ocean. I think thereโ€™s just too much stuff I donโ€™t need.

This is what I currently have on Digital Ocean:

1. Shared CPU with 2 vCPUs that has 4GB of memory and 80GB SSD disk = $20/mo

2. Managed PostgreSQL database with 1vCPU and 1GB of RAM and 10GB of disk (thatโ€™s the cheapest they have) = $15/mo + $4/mo for backups = $19/mo

Total = $46.80/mo (including 20% sales tax $7.80)

I could save some money here if Iโ€™d set up my own database. Not that hard to set up, but then Iโ€™d also need to set up backups and do some occasional maintenance.

I really like DigitalOceanโ€™s database backups with point-in-time recovery, which means if anything should happen with my database, I can go back to the latest backup bascially with one mouse click.

MailGun

I send all my emails with MailGun and I didnโ€™t pay anything for a long time โ€“ they had 10k emails per month for free and Iโ€™m now sending around 2,000 emails each month.

As theyโ€™ve recently changed their pricing, Iโ€™m now paying around $2/mo which is still super low.

GSuite

Iโ€™m using GSuite for my emails. I really love Gmails interface and with GSuite I can use it with my custom domain.

Iโ€™ve set up two emails (rauno + hello at remotehub) and so I pay 2 x $6/mo = $12/mo (which is 10.40 EUR as on the screenshot)

Remote Health

I have my health insurance set up with Remote Health where I pay $165/mo for a worldwide coverage.

Server at DigitalOcean = $46.80
Emails with MailGun = $2
GSuite email inboxes = $12
Remote Health insurance = $160

Total = $220.80 per month

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