Ummm - I don't think the design is very good. It is sometimes hard to try and put a hosting company inside of a blog system without doing some serious customization. The look and feel of the current design is not very professional and seems sporatic at times. Research other hosting sites and see how they layout their information. That is vital! I would say however that this is a nice start and you DO have to start somewhere.
Learn how to do basic design through Dreamweaver. Take your time on the site. It is one of the most important portions of your company. Your site tells others about you. What image do you want them to get from your site.
Hosting is not a fly by the seat of your pants type of business. You really need to take some time in planning the structure of the business including the site. It may require finding the budget to get a site designed for you or buying the needed software. Starting off in hosting does cost some upfront cost that needs to be carefully considered.
Maybe find a friend that will help you out some on design. There are options. Be patient - explore - learn - and grow.
Yes, but it is $399 for one license. That's a little out of my budget for now. Any other tips?
To be quite honest, what type of business do you plan on operating here if you can't invest $399.00 into a site design? If you cannot afford a website design for your business than I suggest you put it off a while until you have enough to handle that. In any business that has potential clients online, it is VITAL that you have an efficient and professional website. In order to say you have such a website you need to sit down and invest some serious time and money into it.
Ok. I think it will be easier to get local customers first, don't you think?
No offense to you but to me that is just plain lazy! Just because you don't have money to invest into a design doesn't mean you should change your entire plan for your company! My company has dealt with the local market (As matters of fact 60% of the clients are local). From personal experience the local market is not easier to deal with. When you are dealing with the local market they normally need a complete solution (Hosting + Domain + Design) which results in more work and effort to be put into dealing with them. If you cannot put effort into your own company and invest into a website how do you plan on investing time and money into dealing with the local market? -- The local market does take a look at your website as well. They just don't go by what you say most of the time.
With that being said, my advice to you is to start over and build up some money to play with! I suggest you budget your money so a good percentage of it can be invested into a nice site design. If you don't want to do that or can't, purchase a web template. These can be found fairly cheap and in some cases under $50 (There are even some free ones). Check out www.templatemonster.com and www.dreamtemplate.com for some nice premium (paid) web templates. Some of these templates are over used but will definitely represent your company much nicer. If you can't invest even that, check out www.templatesbox.com for some free templates.
Actually, the local customers are easier to deal with because they know me and what my business does. But yes, I think you're right in saying I should invest some money. My first aim, though, was to get some customers first, then invest in higher end products.