You need three things:
A Domain Name – A domain name is what your visitors will type in the address bar to find you (for example: http://cooperdesigns.biz is my domain name). Although .com domain name is the most commonly used extension, many of the .com names have been used. There are many other extensions to choose from (.net, .biz, .org, .gov, .edu, .tv, etc). You can do a quick search for a domain name at www.instantdomainsearch.com.
A Web Hosting Company – A web hosting company is like your space that you lease for your business except it’s on the web. This is where all of your website files go.
A Professional Web Designer – Last but not least. I wouldn’t get your brother-in-law unless he does it professionally. Remember the old cheesy MySpace pages? You don’t want your website looking like that. I’m assuming you’re thinking of using us, and we are thankful that you are here.