The Independent Contractor Agreement

The Independent Contractor Agreement

300.00

Getting the classification of your hires correct is one of the most important decisions you can make as a business owner…all too often, I see business owners getting it wrong.

The first step in protecting your work when you outsource is to have the proper contract in place, identifying the relationship of the parties. More than that, terms in this template are pulled directly from US case law, identifying the specific nuances the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) looks for in classifying contractors versus employees.

This template was drafted from the perspective of the contractor, but don’t worry; it can be purchased by either an employer looking to hire, or the contractor themselves. The video tutorial will walk you through how to make any necessary changes yourself- including tips on how I personally use this contract for my own contractors.

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For the convenience of my clients, I started drafting my contracts in a slightly different way than most: I break it into halves. Generally speaking, the first “half” contains the business terms: meaning you can go to town customizing this portion of the contract yourself.

 

The “second half”? That’s where the “legal terms” are housed- so you know clearly what must stay in.

 

Other than that, here is what you can generally expect in one of the templates:

 

  • intro paragraphs, so we know who the parties are, the effective date, and the purpose of the agreement

  • ALL of your payment and price terms (including payment schedules, timelines, refund policies deliverables, shipping and more)

  • a complete list of your services (when I say complete, I mean truly complete)

  • pesky provisions you may need but aren’t sure how to word, like confidentiality, exclusivity, creative license, and more

  • intellectual property terms, such as who owns what’s created (plus options for scenarios arising in the future)

  • paragraphs that may be awkward to talk about, such as cancellations, reschedules, no-shows, etc

  • all of those “legal” paragraphs that only experience in a courtroom can teach you to look for, like remedies, warranties, limitation of liability, employment status of the parties, force majeure, and more than 10 others

 

Congratulations on taking the most important step in protecting your business! I sincerely believe that my prior experience as a contract litigator for businesses was the best preparation I could have asked for in building strong contracts for creatives. After drafting contracts for everyone from small businesses to publicly traded corporations, and then litigating them in court, each of my contracts are drafted with the care and protection that only real life experience can get you. Each contract is drafted by a lawyer and reviewed by an industry professional with at least 3 years of professional experience before it is listed in the Creative Law Shop. Do you have any questions or concerns regarding your purchase? You can reach my team any time at support@shopcreativelaw.com