Everyone wants a nice, professional looking website, and by hiring a really good web designer, you could get a great site which functions perfectly for you!
Begin searching online for local web design companies. You could expand your search to country wide if you aren’t fussed about them being nearby! Take a look at a few of the companies which pop up in your search and read about them. If you find yourself attracted to any particular sites, this is a good sign – you probably like their web design style!
Read up on any package information, if the company supplies web design packages. Some companies offer more than others as part of their web design services. Some might include SEO, others may not. It is worth comparing what different companies offer!
Be cautious of any designers who offer “per page” design. They should be expected to quote for a whole site, rather than a fee per page. This can work out very expensive in the long run.
Check up on who would own the intellectual property of this site – you should be given ownership of your site so you can update/modify it without having to trace the original designer every time you wish to add something!