I’ll be the first to admit that I can only go so far as a solo Home-Based Entrepreneur act. I often need help with running the various aspects of my web businesses and I certainly can’t do everything myself. Even when I know how to do something (for example bookkeeping) it is often better to pay someone else to do it. This way I can spend my valuable time working on the things that grow and nurture my business and leave the routine maintenance to someone else.
When I need some services like these, I usually start by looking on Elance. Elance is a bid-based system where you can post a project and then have various established providers bid on it. Unlike auction sites such as eBay, you get to choose the winning bidder and the choice is not necessarily made on lowest price. Sometimes the best value is not the lowest price as you will see there.
Elance is terrific for all things relating to web design work (such as logo design, banner design, custom scripting, and page design). I am absolutely graphic-design challenged (my 6 year-old niece does better work) and it almost always is best for me to pay someone to do it.
You can also find the more ‘old school’ services on Elance — such as accounting, bookkeeping, paralegal, and copy writing.
Kasamba is another place where you can buy someone else’s time for a project, but it tends to be best for custom programming projects.
So if you get in a pinch, try outsourcing your project web-style. It’s more affordable because many of the providers are home-based businesses and can provide their services for far less than companies who maintain office space. It’s just another way in which the web is reshaping goods and services.