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. I've worked with several payment structures over the years, however, to find one that is both equitable to the client and myself I now work with the same structure. A deposit of at least $1,500 where an hourly rate is applied to the deposit. For example, at $45 an hour, a $1,500 deposit will cover about 33.3 hours of work. Once the deposit hours are achieved I will invoice the client weekly. The hourly rate will be determined by the complexity of the project. Although the range is usually between $45 and $75 an hour. I evaluate current writing rates in the United States every year and try to maintain the average. Which means I am affordable but at the same time I am not the least expensive.
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 pre-arranged so I can maintain a positive work-life balance.