I often prefer working with webdesign and graphic design studio`s who needs a coder, but also with people looking for a webdeveloper that can take care of the whole project.
you don`t need that a lot of people for a regular (big) site. Look for a good freelance developer to do the coding and a designer who you feel connected to (you have to like his/her artwork). With you as the person to make sure they communicate properly, your team is complete
Once you have written the content, a freelance writer can make sure it`s clean and professional.
Do you already have a storyboard of the site? And do you have the content? These things are more important then the latest cool web 2.0 feature. Also good content is great for SEO.
I would suggest you start out with the most neccessary stuff on the site with a small team and see how your customers react. Once they like it, you can start building the cool, fancy features and let the specialists do their job.
if this will be a big project, involving a lot of peoples from different disciplines, you better look for a `project manager`. This can be one of the developers or webdesigners, but this can also be an external person. If you will need a webmaster to manage the site, i recommend to promote him to projectleader from the start.
I do not have any experience with hiring people , so I don`t know if this can work for big projects. I do know that good communication is very important. So even if you are afraid people will run with your idea, you well need to explain everything into the details to the developers. Most of the projects that fail is mostly because there is no communication.
Good luck with the project.
I`m Kristof, a freelance webdeveloper from Belgium (Europe). I joined because i like the spirit in this community, i keeps me going
I have my own business since 2005, named Small IT-Solutions, that does webdevelopment. I`m the guy who does the backend of a website.
Started in 2005 i wanted to grow fast and become a big market player in IT-services. I did spend more time thinking about how to grow instead of doing business, almost cost me my business. Lesson learned.
I did restart my business as a home-based one, Doing the stuff i like (webdevelopement), without the need to own a big company. "Less is more" is my new philosophy. It works for me and I enjoy doing business, again. Kristof9/24/2008 4:33 AM
as a free lance webdeveloper i agree with guerrillaRed, i`m interested in developing a site, not stealing business ideas. If you choose to work with `real` webdesigners, you will pay a little more, but you will also benefit a lot of their experience in making an outstanding website, conform the webstandards, easy found in search engines (as Google, Yahoo) . Most important is the content of a site and how this content can be found by the visitor. KristofKristof9/23/2008 2:21 PM