The main thing I'd say is what do you want your website to say about you? If you are somebody who is a perfectionist for example and likes to focus on every last detail, make that obvious in your website by adding small little details.
I tend to look on YouTube a lot for inspiration and there are people out there who make videos with random websites they have made purely to help inspire other website builders it's just a case of looking for them really. Something as simple as making a page fade in rather than have everything just appear when go open the website can really make a difference.
As I said for a personal website where you are showing off what you can do, make that view-able by doing it on your website, I have two sections on mine Personal and Professional, the personal part of my own websites I've done for me ie band websites for my band, building websites for my hobbies etc and the professional section will be (eventually) filled with websites I've done for other people.
hope this helps