You will be on your path to success if your website looks good and is fully functional. It is possible to make great website design sitting at home. You should set a good standard for yourself. You should sell your work at a moderate rate.
Experienced designers have a lot of demand online.In any form of business an individual requires time to establish himself/herself. You can also take some design courses in order to have a sound knowledge in designing.
In order to increase your popularity you can also do a few jobs for free. For example non profit organizations and sometimes school districts look to have websites built for free. It is a good way to get some experience and get your work seen by others. But doing a number of free jobs is not recommended as it may actually hurt your business.