My cousin / niece / brother-in-law say that they will design my WordPress site for $500!?
Chances are that you are going to you will be left with a broken WordPress or unfinished Web Site.
I don’t know any of these of people and they do sound like a cool guys, but I’m a little concerned that they may not be a competent website designer.
Why? Because a $500 quote seems to indicate that they do not do web design for a living.
And that’s a red flag.
Your friends might be good people, but that doesn’t mean that they are competent website designer!
Don’t hire an amateur website designer. Seriously, you’re better off postponing building the site. There’s a long list of reasons why an amateur website designer will give you headaches. I won’t go into the list here, but it’s probably no surprise that designing websites is a very complicated and involved thing. You need someone you can depend on.