If you think you have the creativity, flair and a knack for techie widgets and designing tools, starting off with web designing can be a very easy flowing task. The good thing about Web designing as a profession is that the barrier to entry is fairly low and navigable. The nation of designers is very democratic and newer members rise and shine rather soon. Plus, it gives a great value at a low start-up cost compared to other professions. And who can miss the leisure of working at one's own hours and the freedom to toggle one's table anywhere in the house -garden, lounge or even on the couch.
If the possibilities are already tempting you, start doing your preliminary work to dig yourself a firm base. If you are amply prepared and resourceful at the very beginning, you can get a head start with as little frustration and lost effort as possible. The forefather paradigm shift that you must go through is from the mind frame of an audience to that of a designer. There are two ways of looking at this web page: an audience will probably glide through it smoothly, absorb some information, and click away to a new link, without something eventful disruptions his / her browsing. As a designer however, you have to carefully rate every minute detail of it for features like design, user interface, and complexity of HTML coding and loading time.
Then, get behind the scenes by linking up with people already in the Web Design industry. This is ever more important because a beginner like you has very little to show in terms of past work. On the other hand if you can impress the designers by your technical showoffs, you can hope to get your first assignments following to their recommendations. There's nothing wrong with that, because clients are obviously inclined towards trustworthy designers. If you can reduce their perceived risk in preferring you over an experienced designer, bingo! And nothing works better than camaraderie of a respectable professional.
Using a freelance website to project your company may not be a good idea at this stage, for reasons similar to those mentioned above. You have very little past work on display, and only after an incessant pleading will you be able to get a pea-sized project, that's too for an even lower wage.
But what if nobody has yet approached you for a business website? You have decided to enter the Web Design industry, and see yourself as a leading moneymaker in the coming years: why not make yourself a glitzy website? Put your skills and play with your technical prowess to prove the point that fresh blood is ever more energetic than the stolid crowd that you have just entered into.