rcjordan - 6:57 pm on Mar 28, 2001 (gmt 0)
I'd advise you to go to your local small business association (usually a chamber of commerce here in the US) and offer to help small businesses get on the web for free. Leave a brochure or flyer for them to copy and distribute. You'll get some first-rate experiences from this (good and bad), and be sharpening your skills while building your portfolio. The odds are that you will not be working for free for very long.