Have you ever thought about employing a freelancer but you're worried about losing money due to communications problems, lack of technical competance or just a bad attitude?
Well, I feel your pain. I had the same worry before I used a freelancer the first time. I don't worry about it now that I've learned how this kind of service works.
The good news is that pretty much all the freelancer sites have rating systems in place. You can actually see the kind of jobs any particular freelancer has done for other people and you can see the ratings they received on their work.
So......don't worry about getting screwed.
As I see it, you're chances are no worse than with somebody you'd hire 'back home'. And actually, because the majority of the people who do this kind of work (i.e. freelancing) greatly appreciate the opportunity to work for you.
Did you know you can actually hire a webmaster, full time, for as little as $800 a month?