So I need to have enough strategy to know what I want, and the link builders know what I want?
That leaves the question of finding people in the right price range who will do what I want. My only attempt at hiring cheap lead to worthless links (irrelevant and no-followed).
@Cain, that is the problem. I do not want to pay a poor quality link builder, but cannot afford those I KNOW are good - they tend to have large minimum retainers.