Hiring independent contractors, rather than employees, can be an effective way for companies to save some money. In exchange, independent contractors have more freedom than employees. They get to make their own hours and decide where they work.
The down side is, unlike employees, independent contractors are responsible for covering all of their own business expenses, insurance, and they have no job stability. Some workers consider this a fair trade in exchange for the extra freedom that comes with freelancing, while others prefer the stability that comes with having a steady paycheck.
Because independent contractors bear a heavier burden than employees, state and federal labor laws are strict when defining the parameters of an independent contractor. She must be a worker who is truly free in her work environment. Continue reading