Learn more about what an independent contractor is in business.
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What kind of team do you want your business to have to get work finished? If you don’t want to hire traditional employees to do the job, you can opt for using independent contractors.
The independent contractor definition is basically the same in most states. You can hire independent contractors to do the same work an employee would do for you, but the relationship you have with them is different. Independent contractors are different from employees because they usually:
Also, you don’t withhold employment taxes from payments you make to an independent contractor.
You can hire independent contractors to do many things for your business, including:
The list of tasks an independent contractor can do for your enterprise is practically endless.
Sometimes using independent contractors to run your business can be ideal compared to hiring traditional employees. It depends on your needs. Independent contractor benefits include:
If you don’t need regular employees and you’re seeking a seasoned professional to handle certain business tasks for you, an independent contractor can be a great way to go.
Like many options in life, using an independent contractor isn’t ideal for every business. Hiring an independent contractor to handle your business tasks might not be the best because:
Independent contractors make their own schedules and can decide how to complete the tasks they do for you. An independent contractor might not be as available to you as an employee because they’re likely working for many businesses at the same time.
In general, you don’t have much recourse against an independent contractor whose work habits don’t gel with your own—at least for the duration of the contract. With an independent contractor, if the final product substantially complies with your needs and is completed within a reasonable time, an independent contractor has fulfilled their end of the bargain. Also, if you want to get rid of an independent contractor before their contract with you is complete, you might have to pay a penalty. On the other hand, many states allow you to fire an unsatisfactory employee whenever you want, as long as your reasons aren’t discriminatory or against public policy.
An independent contractor, by definition, is a lot more independent from your business than a traditional employee. If you need more control over the people completing your work projects, you’re probably better off hiring full-time or part-time employees.
There are a lot of factors to weigh when deciding whether to use the services of an independent contractor for your business. If you’re looking for a professional with experience and don’t have the time or money to hire and train employees, an independent contractor can handle your business needs. If you’re very particular about how and when your business tasks get completed, an independent contractor might not be the right fit for you.
If you choose to use an independent contractor, you can maximize the control you have over the work project with a good contract. It’s best to speak to an attorney about how to draft a contract that covers your needs.
When you hire an independent contractor to do a particular job, they receive the pay for the work being done but without the attachment that comes with the traditional employer-employee relationship. Owing to this flexibility, it might be a great option for you.
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