Hiring Independent Contractors Legally
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Independent Contractor Agreement + Necessary Forms You Need to Hire Freelancers | AVOID IRS TROUBLE
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Created by Sam Mollaei, Esq.
Last updated 2/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 29 mins on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Hire an Independent Contractor, freelancer, or consultant
  • Using an Independent Contractor Agreement to hire your freelancers
  • Know the difference between independent contractors and employees
  • How to file the SS-8 form
  • How to file the W-9 form
  • How to file 1099-MISC form and DE 542 form
  • Avoid severe penalties of misclassifying workers as independent contractors
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Requirements
  • Interested in hiring an Independent Contractor, Freelancer, or Consultant
Description

★ JOIN 1,250+ STUDENTS HIRING AND LEGALLY WORKING WITH INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS TO SAVE MONEY & TIME

Do you work with independent contractors or freelancers? 

Do you want to avoid getting in trouble with the law and the IRS?

In an easy and actionable course, I'll show you the necessary steps you need to take to hire independent contractors.

I'm a business lawyer and I have years of experiencing guiding people on how to legally hire independent contractors while staying away from legal trouble.

If you find yourself on this page, that means you’ve already taken the first step in hiring independent contractors and freelancers to help your business. Entrepreneurs usually use independent contractors for specialized, short-term work and it’s a great way to try out a worker before committing to a longer term.

In this course, I will clearly explain how to legally hire independent contractors and freelancers for your business and explain and even provide the contracts and forms you need in hiring freelancers.


WHY DO I NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

You can save considerable amount of money by classifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee. However, the Department of Labor and the IRS target businesses that use independent contractors.

There are some associated risks of working with independent contractors. Employer misclassification of employees as independent contractors, either inadvertently or to avoid taxation and regulation, is widespread but very risky.

In many states, you can face heavy violations for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

By enrolling in this course, you can get all of your questions answered by a business lawyer.

Don’t take the risk of hiring or maintaining independent contractors until you’ve taken this course.


★ Student review by Joe Mob, “Efficient and qualitative information - easy to grasp content and detailed analysis of application of concept to hire independent contractor... great teacher"

★ Student review by Riv Rah, “What a great course! Very clear and concise, straight to the point."


This course is easy and simple to understand and actionable that you can use to immediately hire independent contractors.


COURSE TOPICS

  • Who is an independent contractor, freelancer or consultant - what kind of workers are considered independent contractors
  • Benefits and risks of hiring independent contractors
  • How to determine independent contractors vs. employees - tests for determining independent contractors
  • Quiz on determining independent contractors vs. employees
  • Independent Contractor Agreement - what is an independent contractor agreement and who needs one. The course comes with a complete sample independent contractor agreement for immediate use.
  • Forms you need to hire independent contractors, including W-9 form and Form 1099-MISC and Form DE 542
  • Top 3 tips about hiring independent contractors you need to know before hiring freelancers


BONUS

  • Ready Sample Independent Contractor Agreement you can use immediately to hire independent contractors
  • Forms W-9, 1099-MISC, and DE 542 which you need to legally hire independent contractors
  • Get All of Your Legal Questions Answered by a Business Attorney by enrolling this course


WHAT YOU GET

  • Over 17 video lectures clearly explain the steps necessary in hiring independent contractors
  • Lifetime access, ask questions, and see the newest information available about legally hiring independent contractors!
  • Ready Sample Independent Contractor Agreement you can use immediately to hire independent contractors
  • Unlimited Questions You Can Get Answered by a Business Attorney
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Discounts on future courses
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with our course for any reason whatsoever, I will offer you a full refund. No questions asked.


Thank you for making this the best selling independent contractor course on Udemy! I show my gratitude by consistently making new lectures and answering your legal questions in the course discussion!


What are you waiting for?

Every day you wait is costing you money!

Don’t forget that this course is covered by Udemy’s 30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - so you don’t have anything to lose.

★ Enroll right now!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant to entrepreneurs, businesspersons, freelancers, contractors, and all-around go-getters who are confused and deterred from hiring independent contractors
  • Those who don’t know how to classify their workers as independent contractors
  • Those who are looking to save time and money. Your time is valuable. That’s why I don’t fill up this course with useless jargon. You only get the necessary information you need.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to Course
3 Lectures 04:29


Please read before continuing.

Legal Disclaimer
01:40
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Introduction to Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants
2 Lectures 05:25

Learn what kind of workers are considered independent contractors.

An independent contractor is a person who is in an independent trade, business, or profession in which he or she offers services to the general public. An independent contractor is a person who works on a project as a freelancer rather than as an employee.

Preview 02:35

Learn the pros and cons of hiring independent contractors.

When you look at the advantages of using independent contractors and the vague issue of which workers are considered independent contractors rather than employees, it is no surprise that some businesses push the envelope.

Benefits & Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors
02:50
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How to Determine Independent Contractor vs. Employee
5 Lectures 11:58

It’s critical that you correctly determine whether the individuals you hire are independent contractors or employees. Learn about the common test for determining independent contractors.

Preview 02:35

Facts that show whether the business has a right to direct and control how the worker does the task for which the worker is hired include the type and degree of...

It’s important to know that “control” is the most important factor for employers. The less control exercised over the individual, the more likely they will be considered independent contractors. Also, you may need to limit supervisory powers over the independent contractors as much as possible.

Element #1: Behavioral Control
02:26

Facts that show whether the business has a right to control the business aspects of the worker's job include...

A practical tip is to have Independent Contractors use their own tools and resources. You should avoid providing the means and location for independent contractors to perform their work. If it is impracticable for the independent contractors to work from home or their own space, have them pay rent for using the business’s property and resources.

Element #2: Financial Control
03:09

Facts that show the parties' type of relationship include...

Of course, do not underestimate the difficulty of applying these standards to specific individuals performing services. In doubtful cases, always consult a knowledgeable business law attorney.

Element #3: Type of Relationship
02:15

If it is still unclear whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, you may file Form SS-8 “Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding” with the IRS. This form is to request a determination of the status of a worker under the common law rules for purposes of federal employment taxes and income tax withholding.

► See attached Resources for SS-8 Form.

Form SS-8
01:33

Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge on the differences between independent contractors versus employees.

Independent Contractor or Employee Quiz
5 questions
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Independent Contractor Agreement
1 Lecture 02:58

Once you’re sure you’re working with Independent Contractors, you need a legal agreement to govern your relationship with the Independent Contractor.

Learn what an Independent Contractor Agreement and why you absolutely need one if you're working with independent contractors.

► See attached Resources for a sample Independent Contractor Agreement that you can use to hire independent contractors.

Preview 02:58
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Other Forms You Need to Hire an Independent Contractor
2 Lectures 02:14

If you’ve made the determination that the person you’re paying is an independent contractor, you also need the the contractor complete Form W-9 Form.

This form is used to request the name and Taxpayer Identification Number, or TIN, of the worker. A TIN may be either a Social Security Number (SSN), or an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

► See attached Resources for W-9 Form.

W-9 Form
00:48

If you pay an independent contractor $600 or more in payments, you must file Form 1099-MISC with the IRS and file Report of Independent Contractor (DE 542) with the Employment Development Department.

► See attached Resources for 1099-MISC Form and DE 542 Form.

Form 1099-MISC and Form DE 542
01:26
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Top 3 Tips You Need to Know about Hiring Independent Contractors!
3 Lectures 04:57

Now that we’ve covered all of the essential topics we need to know about independent contractors, here are the 3 top tips that we need to discuss before hiring independent contractors.

Top 3 Tips about Hiring Independent Contractors
03:11

To Recap
00:10

Top 3 Tips about Managing Independent Contractors
01:35
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Course Wrap-up
5 Lectures 02:54

Learn how to contact me & discounts on future courses.

We discussed what type of workers are considered independent contractors, advantages of being an independent contractor, risks of being an independent contractor. We also deeply went into detail in how to determine independent contractors vs employee. We also touched upon Form SS-8 for Determining Worker Status. We also talked about Independent Contractor Agreements. And we went over the top 3 tips when dealing with independent contractors.

Contact Me & Discounts on Future Courses
00:51

Legal Notice
00:52

Do you work with independent contractors or freelancers? Do you want to avoid getting in trouble with the law and the IRS?

In an easy and actionable course, I'll show you the necessary steps you need to take to hire independent contractors.

I'm a business lawyer and I have years of experiencing guiding people on how to legally hire independent contractors while staying away from legal trouble.

If you find yourself on this page, that means you’ve already taken the first step in hiring independent contractors and freelancers to help your business. Entrepreneurs usually use independent contractors for specialized, short-term work and it’s a great way to try out a worker before committing to a longer term.

In this course, I will clearly explain how to legally hire independent contractors and freelancers for your business and explain and even provide the contracts and forms you need in hiring freelancers.


WHY DO I NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

You can save considerable amount of money by classifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee. However, the Department of Labor and the IRS target businesses that use independent contractors.

There are some associated risks of working with independent contractors.

Employer misclassification of employees as independent contractors, either inadvertently or to avoid taxation and regulation, is widespread but very risky.

In many states, you can face heavy violations for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

By enrolling in this course, you can get all of your questions answered by a business lawyer.


COURSE TOPICS

  • Who is an independent contractor, freelancer or consultant - what kind of workers are considered independent contractors
  • Benefits and risks of hiring independent contractors
  • How to determine independent contractors vs. employees - tests for determining independent contractors
  • Quiz on determining independent contractors vs. employees
  • Independent Contractor Agreement - what is an independent contractor agreement and who needs one. The course comes with a complete sample independent contractor agreement for immediate use.
  • Forms you need to hire independent contractors, including W-9 form and Form 1099-MISC and Form DE 542
  • Top 3 tips about hiring independent contractors you need to know before hiring freelancers

BONUS

  • Ready Sample Independent Contractor Agreement you can use immediately to hire independent contractors
  • Forms W-9, 1099-MISC, and DE 542 which you need to legally hire independent contractors
  • Get All of Your Legal Questions Answered by a Business Attorney by enrolling this course


WHAT YOU GET

  • Over 17 video lectures clearly explain the steps necessary in hiring independent contractors
  • Lifetime access, ask questions, and see the newest information available about legally hiring independent contractors!
  • Ready Sample Independent Contractor Agreement you can use immediately to hire independent contractors
  • Unlimited Questions You Can Get Answered by a Business Attorney
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Discounts on future courses
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with our course for any reason whatsoever, I will offer you a full refund. No questions asked.


Thank you for making this the best selling independent contractor course on Udemy! I show my gratitude by consistently making new lectures and answering your legal questions in the course discussion!


What are you waiting for?

This course is easy and simple to understand and actionable that you can use to immediately hire independent contractors.

Don’t forget that this course is covered by Udemy’s 30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - so you don’t have anything to lose.

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About the Instructor
Sam Mollaei, Esq.
4.6 Average rating
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Passionate Business Lawyer for Entrepreneurs

I’m a business lawyer in Los Angeles who represents entrepreneurs, creative artists, and business owners with businesses.

Why do I teach? As a business owner and entrepreneur for over a decade, I have found the legal aspect of business to be daunting and confusing.

After consulting and teaching business law for many years, I decided to combine my passion in video production and teaching to create online courses to make the legal aspects of business as easy and approachable as possible.

I have a strong passion in sharing my secrets and I hope to inspire you to succeed in your business.

I know your time is valuable so I don’t fill up my courses with useless jargon — you only get the necessary information you need to succeed.

Sign up and find out for yourself why so many people are taking and recommending my courses.