Do you know your independent contractor status? Amazingly, this is a harder question to answer than many would think. The rules surrounding whether a worker is classified as an employee or maintains an independent contractor status are complicated.
First question… What is an independent contractor?
An individual is an independent contractor if the payer has the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not what will be done and how it will be done. An employee is a worker who is told how, what, and the results of what should be done.
The level of control over what, when, and how work is completed is what distinguishes a contractor from an employee.
Below are some of the characteristics of an independent contractor…
Set Your Own Work Hours
Set your own hours and work how and when you want to. Paid by the project (not on an hourly basis).