If you have decided to have a new website designed then you will need to contact a development company where you will most likely be invited to meet with a website developer to discuss ideas and costs involved.
This initial meeting is usually free of charge and is basically a way of discussing what you want from your website and what the web developer can offer in line with your budget. It may be an idea to take with you examples of other people’s websites that you like and maybe make notes about the overall impression you want your website to give. You don’t need to think too much about actually content at this stage, more about design ideas.
From the examples that you show your web developer they should then be able to gage the sort of website that you are after and should be able to provide you with a few costing options. This should not be a high pressured sales pitch and it’s always an idea to go away and consider your options rather than agreeing to anything there and then.