I generally work at an hourly rate of $40, which can be negotiated depending on size and scope of the project. Preferred payment is via check or Paypal (with client picking up Paypal fees). Generally jobs are done with check points of 1/3 or 1/2 up front - 1/3 at a midpoint (if there is one) and 1/2-1/3 upon completion. All jobs are negotiated individually and a simple contract discussion over the phone and summary via e-mail is provided. If you have a non-disclosure agreement for your project prior to the job, I am happy to sign that as well.