Graphic Designer for Logo
So I've been searching for a graphic designer to design a logo for a new company, and possibly some extra things like stationary and website.
I checked out a few freelance designers on Google with decent portfolio and the quote I'm getting is in the $700 range for the logo alone.
I've put up a Craigslist ad, and got lots of offer for logos in the $50-$150 range. Unfortunately most of the portfolios I have seen from these replies have been sufferable to mediocre at best. The offerings on Fiverr seem way way better than anything I'm getting from Craigslist on the lower price of the scale.
I'm not keen on crowdsourcing because I don't think anyone should ever work for free. But I do wish there was a happy medium where I could get a great creative logo for a reasonable price. My company offers media-related services, so image and branding is everything. I'm not looking to skimp on it, but at the same time can't blow all my budget on a single thing.
Can you anyone advise on which way to go or maybe recommend a great designer somewhere? Thanks!!