I'm a software guy and am looking to pay for some guidance/help with hardware & PCB design. I'm making a high end LED toy that's quite simple from a hardware perspective and the value really is all in the software. It's just an ATMega328P, FTDI 232RL, a couple 64K EEPROMs, and a li-ion charging circuit (think MCP73831T but 1A-2A ideally). The whole thing will be shaped like the Arduino Nano -- as skinny as possible but no significant length restrictions.
Some questions I have:
1) I'm willing to pay for the help (charging circuit and PCB design are the biggies). How do I approach this and what would one expect to pay? I have no experience in either and would need this essentially done on contract.
2) Is it feasible to design my own fully integrated PCB with the micro too or would it be more cost effect to just build an add-on board with the EEPROM and charging circuit bolted to an arduino nano or similar?
3) This is a small run. I'm estimating an initial order of 200 and if things went well I might order 1000/yr. Is pre-built SMT a viable option or will through-hole and hand-soldered be cheaper?
Thanks in advance for the help guys... my prototype is working great and I'm wanting to get started on the next step!