i jaust want to be able to do designs for cutting out on the laser at this stage
While many say Fusion 360 is overkill for hobbyists, I find it about as easy to do direct modelling as sketchup ever was; and it gives the possibility to do parametric modelling, or mix and match.
Given that the workflow is centered around 2d "sketches" and it has very good support for constraints and parameters even in 2d its all I ever use, even if I just need a quick 2d drawing. (except arty stuff, then i might go inkscape)
And for laser usage, having fusion 360 being a fully capable cam package able to generate g-code to send to the laser from inside fusion is very handy.
And its also free for hobby usage; well worth learning imo.