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.
While I have set hours I try to make myself available when I can on my off-hours. My scheduled hours are:
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I also work weekends as time permits.