There are many things to consider when creating a business. Most people immediately start thinking about which type of business structure to use, which can provide a blueprint for how the business will operate.
But another big part of starting a business is securing resources. Oftentimes these resources include commercial space and goods, but another big consideration is, of course, human resource, or staff. The quality of talent that one is able to secure can set the stage for the type of work to be conducted at the business and the quality of goods or services to be provided.
Yet, even when it comes to hiring people, there are many factors to take into account. One of the most important is the type of staff an individual will be within the organization. While hiring employees allows a business owner to dictate the method through which work is completed, such as by specifying work hours and work processes, independent contractors can work freely while still allowing a business to retain control over the final product.
Assuming control over an employee comes with responsibilities, though. When an employee is hired, a business agrees to provide benefits including Social Security and Medicare contributions. Workspace and materials, such as computers and software, must be provided. Independent contractors, on the other hand, must pay their own tax withholdings while at the same time securing the tools they need to adequately perform the job in question.
In short, independent contractors essentially operate as businesses who provide work to other businesses. The terms of the work provided can be carefully laid out in contracts, which must be carefully negotiated to ensure that expectations are met. Whether you are business looking to secure human resources through independent contracting, or you are an independent contractor looking to more formally establish your business, consider sitting down with a business law professional who can help provide guidance.