Apply at the local newspaper to do ad layouts. Its an entry level job and a foot in the door. Also apply at Kinkos or a printing company, you can get a lot of computer knowledge there that you're going to NEED as a designer: What file formats are compatable, basic tech support, formatting for print and press-ready products. That and when you move on, you'll have an "In" with a printer. The fewer people companies have to deal with, the more likely they are to use your services, most CEO want to just throw money at something to get it done, so you're best off if you learn to deal with the printers(and you can get kickbacks from the printer). You're going to have a tough time of it if you're not computer saavy and don't know HTML, but you can get by doing brochures and such. Start a freelance business that caters to small businesses who need advertising & don't have a lot of money. I went to school(AIS), but frankly I paid WAY too much for it. Your portfolio is the most important thing you'll ever have as a designer. Develop a good portfolio. You'll need to know your way around at least Adobe CS to get by (Photoshop and Illustrator or other vector program). No worries: They're fun to work with. Never EVER miss a deadline, especially if you're freelancing.