I have a standard rate of EUR 67,50 per hour excluding VAT. Since I am based in Curacao, no VAT will be invoiced, but if you want I can invoice from a Dutch-based company (21% VAT in the Netherlands). This reason for this low rate (half or a third of going 'expert' rates) is that I want to be affordable for everyone, including small startups.
An intake is free of charge, as you and I want to get acquainted and to see if we can help each other. After that, all my hours are invoiced on a per-hour base, unless we agree otherwise. I want to spend my time productively, and the time I am spending on your case is time I cannot spend on another client.
I am very busy with my other full time job and a very active social life, so I want to spend my time helping you productively. The fun thing about being base in the Caribbean, is that because of the time zone difference, I can do maintenance on your infrastructure in my afternoons (which is nighttime in the Netherlands).
I have a very busy schedule, and I do a lot of my work outside of office hours, or sometimes even at nights if required. I'm quite flexible, but we'll really have to plan things in advance. Unless of course you have some work I can pick up on whenever I have time, that will probably get done faster, like in the weekends.
I send invoices every month, even if a project spans a longer period. If you want multiple smaller invoices, we can discuss this as well. I usually send my invoices digitally as PDF file. A prompt payment, in my opinion, is part of a healthy and mutually beneficial business relationship and will improve my enthusiasm in your cause.