When I bid on projects, I give an estimate of when I plan to deliver the project. I usually estimate high, so that projects get handed in early or on time. My availability to work on projects is usually about five days a week, but the specific days do change each week. For example, I might take Monday and Tuesday off one week and Saturday and Sunday another. I always leave quick feedback and answer messages promptly. I do ask employers to be mindful of time zone differences, though, and I do my best to do the same for them. I prefer to communicate only through the Guru discussion boards for each project, but I do also have Yahoo Messenger and will consider some phone communication, if necessary. Regarding payment, I prefer to use Guru's invoicing system, but will use escrow in some cases, if asked. I do get charged extra to use escrow, however, so my fee may be adjusted. I do not accept payments by methods outside the Guru system.