Having a website does not cost have to cost a lot of money these days, you only need to pay your hosting fees and register a domain name, that’s it. Getting a dynamic website online is no longer complicated either. If you know how to read and send emails on the web, you will probably be able to setup your own website yourself. If not, you can still hire someone for very cheap though.
Student, you need a website because you want to showcase all your projects you have been working on during your course. So, when you are going to look for a job, you can simply direct your employer to your site and they can see all your work. In case, you don’t intend to look for a job but work for yourself, you can setup your site as a portfolio to lure your clients into hiring you. As a student, your website (or a blog) will help you a great deal to make contacts in your field of study.
Working Professional, you may be very happy with your current job, but it’s very likely that you won’t be working for the same company your whole life. Or maybe, you just like to go to interviews to know what you are worth on the job market. In both cases, you need a website to showcase your expertise as a professional in your field. These days, employers have the tendency to look up potential employees’ names on the web to source out more information about them. So, you would rather want them to land on a site with your own domain name (such as YourName.com) where you control the information about you, rather than a random site, or a Facebook profile page.
Self Employed Entrepreneur, having a website address on your business will make you look professional. I doubt you would want to have a Facebook address on your business card, although that’s not a bad idea either. But, Facebook is NOT your site, it can be used to create awareness about your business by directing people to your site. You can also use the website to sell your products or services directly to your customers, instead of using third party websites, where you will probably have to pay huge fees.
Unemployed, you may be thinking why the heck would you need a website? Well, you can use a website to generate a source of income for you. While this kind of website will be slightly more complicated than the above ones, it’s certainly possible, and very rewarding in the long run. Many people run successful web businesses from the comfort of their homes, and they earn more than what they would at a job. Trust me, there are many, I’m very passionate about web businesses, so I know. I have a couple of websites built for this purpose myself, although at this time, it’s more a hobby than a full fledged business for me.