I'm currently designing a streaming music application for Facebook that will be built in Flash. In Photoshop, I've designed it to be exactly how I want it to look and have every feature I can think of planned out. The problem is that my Flash skills aren't anywhere near a useful level and I do not know of anyone to partner up with.
I tried making a few posts on Craigslist offering to pay their services, but I only received canned responses from companies in various parts of the world. I would like to work with somone I can actually meet up with if possible. There are a few web design companies in my area that specialize in Flash, so I was thinking about going to them instead of looking for an individual person.
After the app is up and running, I am hoping that I'd have enough clout to actually convince a web developer to partner up with me, instead of assuming that I'm looking for a slave to perform miracles without anything to show.
My question is, is going to a web design company the smartest choice? I am willing to pay what's considered fair in the industry for good work, but I don't have an unlimited budget. Will the web design company be familiar with making Facebook apps, or would I be better off finding an individual on a site like Elance? Also, can I expect better work from a freelancer if I choose one that charges a higher rate?