Work terms for smaller projects such as blogs and articles vary. If I know and have worked with someone I am open to payment after the project is complete. If I don't know, or haven't worked with the person then I will request Guru's Safepay, or prepayment for the project. Establishing a relationship is important.
With larger projects such as books I have a couple terms I work under:
1. There needs to be a deposit. I usually work with the 50% deposit, 25% upon first draft completion, and 25% upon final which would include rewrites and editing. There are many variations of payment terms based on budget. But, this is the most common.
2. Deadlines. With a book, there is one primary deadline. That is the completion date. So, if we agree on 6 months, that is when your book will be done. Any other milestones within our relationship may be subject to change and depending on the project, complexity, or life, could change several times. However, I will always send out a weekly status update on your project, and notify you in advance if our milestone will change.
Unless otherwise stipulated, work will be submitted in Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double-spaced, 1" margins. This is the standard in the industry so both clients and writers can safely approximate the size of a project if not using word count. However, for a writer, word count is the most important determination of project size.
I have daily availability, however I do set personal work hours where I will be in my home office.
Monday through Sunday 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. PST.
Monday through Friday 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST.
I do work other hours of the day and week, especially for overseas clients. However, those hours need to be prearranged so I can maintain a positive work-life balance.
These are my preferred work terms, however, upon request, I may be able to adjust. All projects are different, and building a relationship on communication, collaboration, and compromise is important.