Independent Contractor Agreements

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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The need for independent contractor agreements arises when your company outsources work. Independent contractors, sometimes called freelancers, must have legal agreements with clients or customers. For example, if you contract to do artwork, photography, or writing for one or more companies but are doing so on an intermittent basis, you should expect to have independent contractor agreements with each company you serve. This is to protect your interests, and it makes a statement that you are a professional.

Simple Independent Contractor Agreements

Independent contractor agreements do not have to be complicated. In fact, they simply need to state the names of the contractor and the company, describe the work the contractor will be doing, set a time limit for the work to be completed, name a company contact person for the contractor, and set down the terms of billing and payment. Perhaps most importantly, these agreements should address the issues of confidentiality and ownership in order to protect the rights of both parties.

Another key point is the ability to terminate the agreement, a description of how that termination must be approached, and what are the consequences, if any, of terminating the arrangement. It should define the relationship between the parties as company and contractor. It should also include a description of the liability placed on each party to the agreement.

Independent Contractor Agreements Online

You can find the widest variety of contractor agreements on the Internet. Select one that is simple but contains all of the above components so that you will be covering all the areas that might cause problems. Finally, whenever you purchase legal documents from a store or from an internet vendor, you should make sure that you have your attorney approve them before you start to use them.

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