He's fine, he's got training in design. That's better than thinking one has talent but actually not having a clue. Web design isn't about who can look the prettiest, it's about getting the right elements together visually - it's technique not style. The confusion through the years is too many people who are artists who think they can design, and too many people who are developers who think they can design. An artist, by virtue of being an artist, doesn't have a freakin' clue how to put together a web form spanning three pages so that it converts. Designers design, and if the OP has training, and likes it, then they should seek employment in the field.
Do what you gotta do to put food on the table. Then do as much design work on the side as you can. You'll either start building a block of business, or you'll find a job doing design, or you'll find something else in the general online field that tweaks your interest. Could be design, could be illustrating, could be developing, could be SEO, could be retailing.