I need a web site, so how do I begin?
First of all, you have come to the right place, so let's begin looking at this problem. The obvious question is: WHY DO YOU NEED A WEBSITE? Making money is the one of the most popular goals in having a website, at least in the business world. Unfortunately a poorly designed website could have the complete opposite effect, so having a well designed website is paramount to increasing the bottom line. Making money on the internet is more than making a website and believing "build it and they will come".
Depending on your mission it might be worth the investment to enlist a professional who understands the ins and outs of the Internet web business. A professional that understands things like SEO, (search engine optimization) can greatly increase your chances of being noticed of the web. The cost of hiring a professional can sometimes be recouped in a very short time. However, having said that, getting noticed on the World Wide Web is not an easy task. Just having a website does not mean everyone will notice you. One would wonder what is the last website you would see if you really did arrive at the end of the internet. The Internet really does not work that way so don't worry about that possibility, but search engine placement is both part art, luck, and how much cash you are willing to invest to get where you want to be. There are certain tricks that can increase your presence on the web. A professional can help you optimize your chances of being seen.
The world is a large place and the internet is also a large place. You need to have a purpose, a message, or a product. One of the main reasons for the big DotCom crash around March, 2000 was that many website had nothing to sell. Their goal was to give something away for free, get as many subscribers as possible, and then to sell the potential costumer base and/or their business to someone else for a fat profit. That plan actually worked for some of the early entrants, but it is doubtful that is a sound plan now. In many regards a website takes as much attention and planning as a brick and mortar site. You would not expect a person to look in the window of a store on Main Street, and not seeing much but a desk and a couch, to walk in asking what is it you are trying to sell. The first step in making a website is having a well thought out game plan.