I would like to ask if I can use "to farm out something" as in the following way.

I farmed out for a small fortune to build the website of my business through freelance web designers.

or only I can say the following sentence

I farmed out the website of my business through freelance web designers and it cost a small fortune to me.

EDITED : small of fortune

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    It is the work that is farmed out, not the cost. The second is OK, except that "a small of fortune" is not English: you mean "a small fortune"; and I think you mean "to freelance web designers": if you say "through", that means they are intermediaries and that you farmed it out to somebody else. – Colin Fine Feb 7 '17 at 23:48
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    What you farmed out was the work involved in building the website. A small fortune is what you spent. – Ronald Sole Feb 7 '17 at 23:48
  • @ColinFine Thanks. I meant actually " a small amount of fortune" – Mrt Feb 7 '17 at 23:52
  • @ColinFine I have edited the question please check it out. – Mrt Feb 7 '17 at 23:54
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    @Mrt: "I've farmed out for hundreds of dollars a conversion to KF8 " is grammatical (the object is the NP '"a conversion to KF8") but awkward, because the "for hundreds of dollars" is interposed between the verb and its object. – Colin Fine Feb 8 '17 at 0:33

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