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Running your own business is an amazing experience, but you do need to be up with the play with the terminology and paperwork to make sure you stay on the right side of everyone! That means that as an independent contractor, you need to set up a contract for services between you or your company and the people or companies that hire you. But first let’s sort out some terminology to get things straight.
Am I An Independent Contractor Or An Employee?
First up you need to be clear about whether you are an employee or an independent contractor, which are two totally different things.
You are an employee if:
You are an independent contractor if:
Which brings us on to the point that as an independent contractor, while it is not a legal requirement, it is a really smart idea to have a contract for services between you (or your business) and the person (or their business) who wants you to do some specific work for them. This is because having something in writing avoids miscommunication between parties, making certain that both parties are clear on what services are going to be provided, how much and when you are going to be paid and how long the contract is going to run for. So how do you write one and what does it need?
Things To Include In A Contract For Services
Okay straight up, if you want to make sure that any contract between you and the person or business who wants you to provide a service for them is completely legal, get it written by a lawyer. This is especially true if the service you are providing could in anyway cause damage to people or property, involves a large amount of money, needs high levels of confidentiality or if you are not too sure about writing your own contract for services. Otherwise, when writing up your own general contract for services, it needs to have:
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