I'm an enthusiastic entrepreneur, and I believe everyone should at least consider the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. Having been on my own for many years in many different guises I can understand what the budding entrepreneur is going through and the type of problem they encounter.
My speciality is helping people actually get clients since most people find that the most challenging obstacle when they go into business.
It does take a long time, but I've build a site with SBI and I've done some with Wordpress. The SBI site gets an average of aout 1,00 hits a day, the others get almost nothing.
Building a successful website has many facets, if you want long term success there's no real shortcut, it's really a combination of time and money. If you have loads of money to invest, then you can engage a web designer and SEO. However you'll still have to come up with the content, which is the aspect of SBI which takes so long. Check this out.
Ask anyone you can think of whether they like to listen to an elevator speech. Then ask the same people whether they like to give an elevator speech.
I think you'll find that you'll get almost 100% NOs. An elevator speech might be a good option if you can corner someone very significant and you'll only have one shot.
I think a much better way is to have an elevator conversation. Maybe ask the person what they do, people love to talk about themselves, and they'll almost certainly ask what you do. Michael Port's book, "Book Yourself Solid" explains the idea very eloquently.
I recommend you read Michael Port's book "Book Yourself Solid" It has a load of good information about how to market yourself.
You should also create a website, put videos on YouTube, network and last but not least, post the details on these type of forums.