I am flexible in my schedule, so work hours are as needed. I have worked with all of my clients long-distance via Skype, messaging and email and prefer online communication.
I prefer working for an hourly rate, but am willing to work out different payment plans, including an advance with milestones, but I've found an hourly rate is fairest for me and for my clients.
I accept checks, but prefer direct deposit or working through PayPal or other electronic payment methods. I would like to have at least a simple written contract via email before beginning work on a project.