how to bill client for short-term project?

Subject: how to bill client for short-term project?
From: Maryann Short <maryannshort -at- juno -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 07:35:48 -0700

All you contractors out there, how do you handle invoicing for a 2-week
project? I have a rush job with a deadline of June 15. To complicate
matters further, the client is in Europe and I'm in the US.
I've never worked with this company before, so I'm very reluctant to do
all the work and then bill. Even billing once a week makes me skittish.
Do you think I could get the client to give me an advance? They might not
like that; they know as little about me as I about them. If an advance,
what percentage? I'm doing the work for an hourly rate, but I have a
good idea of the total cost.
I'm thinking I should send them my first 2 days' work and ask for an
advance (maybe 33%) based on that.
And I've never contracted with a company outside the US. In what form
should I receive payment? Snail mailing a check will take forever. I
could give the company the bank routing information to make a direct
deposit to my account. Anyone have any experiences/thoughts to share
about that?

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