We're a non-profit niche social networking company serving a minority group. We are have a volunteer working on marketing our pending web social network app, however as CEO, I'm looking forward to hire an expert in web marketing tactics mainly to help make our launch a successful one. The main role of the person is with helping us plan with our marketing strategies as well as helping us implement them. We are very hard pressed with resources, what's the best way to hire one which we can afford, at say a rate of $10/hr or even less. I really do not have trust in freelance websites because of the poor quality I've received from them so far.
You have to pay people for their experience, not necessarily for their time! Perhaps hiring actively by vetting prospective consultants to ensure quality and credibility is best. Just like hiring an employee, the consultant has to be the right match for your needs. Review your expectations in advance with them. I would love to discuss this further with you if you would like support figuring out how to build your team as you decide what to outsource, etc. Organizational management is my thing! :-)