I've been in kind of a rut with my programming lately. A lot of what's causing that is design troubles, and while I assume that's normal for someone at my stage in learning the de-motivational effects of re-coding and re-designing every couple of days are stopping me from getting anything done.
I've been thinking of posting an ad in the Help Wanted section for someone to help me with program design. I'm interested in help with class design and separating class responsibilities in particular, though I suspect that I'm deficient in more areas also. I'm not expecting the consultant to do any coding, just help me plan sound classes, their interfaces, and manage the flow of information in the game.
But I'm not sure how much money to offer since I have no idea what the going rate is for this sort of thing. I don't even know how to quantify the amount of stuff I want to design in a meaningful way. What are some ways that you have seen in a job posting for a design consultant that the amount of work is estimated? What kind of costs might I be looking at, and how are they determined? Should I list as much information about my goals as possible and then entertain bids?
The program I'm working on is a fairly basic RPG game which will take a visual novel approach to gameplay. I'd like to add lots of features in the future, but I think that getting a basic, linear-progression prototype up is a reasonable goal for now. I'm working in C# and using SFML for the interface (which is already up and running, though it will probably need to be updated to accomodate the game as it progresses).
Any input would be greatly appreciated.