When it comes to hiring a contractor, you might be worried about the quality of the services you’re providing.
Is it safe?
Is it good value?
If you don’t know what the answers to those questions are, you could end up with an unhappy customer.
But you’re not alone.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 16 million contractors in the U.S. That means there are an estimated 1.7 million independent contractors out there, including more than 500,000 contractors that have no relationship to the company they’re working for.
So how do you know if your contractor is a contractor or not?
The first thing to consider is the type of company you’re working with.
You’re hiring a freelancer, an independent contract worker, a contractor for hire, a freelanced employee, a contracted contractor, or a subcontractor.
For a more detailed discussion of the types of contractors, check out our article How to get a contractor quote.
Contractors and independent contractors can have different contracts and expectations.
A freelancer contract might include a few specific requirements and you might get a few perks, like a paid vacation, paid holidays, and a bonus.
A contracted contractor might not have a contract but will sign an agreement to do a certain number of work hours for a fixed fee, and the contract will require you to work for them on certain projects.
A contractor may not want you to say they have a guaranteed job.
A subcontractor may not need you to sign a contract and not require you for certain tasks.
Independent contractors can also have different job responsibilities, such as: Working on projects for the company or company employees.
Contracting for companies that may not be covered by a specific job title.
Using the services of a contractor in certain jobs.
Doing a certain amount of work on behalf of a company.
Being the owner of a certain business.
Working on behalf or for a business or company, even if that business is owned by someone else.
Contractor’s contracts and their requirements vary, but many companies will have a list of requirements and work practices.
When hiring an independent contractors, it’s important to know what you’re getting.
If you hire an independent worker, it can be difficult to know whether you’ll be getting a reliable worker who’s going to take care of the work, will give you tips, or will provide you with the best quality.
A contract with a few requirements might not include enough specific details about what the worker is expected to do, so you’ll have to find out how much work they will be expected to perform.
If your contractor asks for a certain percentage of the project’s cost, it may be better to hire an employee.
An independent contractor may also have a certain job-specific pay, but they usually don’t expect to get that money.
That’s because an independent work-for-hire contract usually pays the contractor for the hours worked and may include bonuses, for example.
Contract terms vary widely, so it’s always a good idea to talk to your prospective contractor.
You might also want to ask your subcontractor about what type of work they’re expected to complete.
This may include some types of tasks like welding or carpentry.
You’ll need to talk with your subcontractors about how they’ll be performing on the project.
You should also contact your contractor about their work practices, and be sure to ask if they have any policies that might apply to you.
Contract contractors may be able to be more flexible with the type and amount of time that they expect you to spend on a project.
Contract workers are expected to take their jobs very seriously, and it’s also possible that they won’t be paid in advance for the work they do.
That could be a problem if you’re hiring an outside contractor.
If that’s the case, it might be better for you to find a contractor who has a contract that gives them the flexibility they need to do their job properly.