Obviously there are many benefits to working with a local provider when it comes to developing your website. On the other hand, if you have a massive quantity of data to move, have hundreds of hours of development to do and very little budget to do it with, or need help building a lot of pages fast, Elance can provide some great people.
Working through Elance lets you post jobs, vet proposals, accept bids, set milestones, pay based on milestones and resolve disputes with the help of Elance as an arbitrator. It has an escrow service that protects both buyer and seller. You can hire almost any skilled labor (from accounting and web design through iPhone development and sales lead generation there).
Remember you can use Elance to manage any job, even with local contractors. And remember that you, as a service provider, can sell your skills through Elance. Many businesses make 6 figures on that site.
The following is a list of Website Developers local to Sheffield that you can work with to develop your website. You may find Doug’s List of Questions for Website Developers & Content Creators useful in assessing them.
Here’s a quick list of folks we looked at for in regard to WordPress development. Click the image to see our list.