While I prefer to work Monday through Friday during the day, I recognize that opportunities can come up suddenly and that successful nonprofit executives almost never see a 40-hour workweek.
I am skilled in working at a distance with clients and coworkers. I use Skype, email, Google calendar and Drive, as well as telephone and text. What works best for you works best for me.
Communication is critical in successful grant writing. I generally have a long conversation at the beginning of a project, then outline a work plan and send it to the client. We discuss and fine tune it and then get to work! I send drafts of various pieces of an application as soon as they're finished for client review and markup.
I will not submit an application or part of an application without specific and clear client approval.
I prefer to set an "internal" deadline at least three to five working days out from an actual deadline. This ensures that any last-minute items are handled and avoids many of the stressful scenarios inherent in working up until the actual deadline.
Please note that it is considered unethical for fundraising professionals to work on a contingency or percentage basis. Therefore, I do require a simple written contract that sets out payment amounts and terms and that protects both me and the client. I generally bill on an hourly basis (I work quickly) but am open to a flat fee, depending on the project and the client.