Ok. You've made the decision. You want a website. Please don't assume that web developers are sitting around waiting for your email. They are not. You might have to get on a waiting list for a popular designer / developer, so it's time to prepare.
Lastly, please work with your designer. Our years of experience tell us what works and what doesn't. It is your website and we want you to be happy. We've learned that the best sites are the result of a succesful collaboration between both parties.