Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements

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Whether you are contracting your services to others or hiring independent contractors to work for you, it's essential to get everything in writing -- if you don't, you could lose time, money and credibility.

Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements gives you the plain-English instructions and easy-to-use forms you need to get the legalities straight, stay out of trouble and get the job done.
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Overview

Whether you are contracting your services to others or hiring independent contractors to work for you, it's essential to get everything in writing -- if you don't, you could lose time, money and credibility.

Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements gives you the plain-English instructions and easy-to-use forms you need to get the legalities straight, stay out of trouble and get the job done.
If you're an independent contractor...

Take the legal steps necessary to document each new project that comes your way -- if you get audited, you'll be glad you did. This easy-to-use book gives you all the tools you need to:
*put your agreement in writing
*define a project's scope, components and duration
*satisfy IRS requirements
*get paid on time and in full
*avoid disputes with clients
*drum up new business

If you're hiring independent contractors...

Using freelancers can get you great results and save you money -- but you need to know what it takes to avoid the ire of the IRS while protecting your business and intellectual property. Here's everything you need to:
*put your agreement in writing
*define a project's scope, components and duration
*satisfy IRS requirements
*protect your trade secrets, trademarks, patents and copyrights
*avoid disputes with independent contractors
*get your money's worth

The 4th edition is completely updated to provide the latest rules and regulations, plus new contracts for drivers, messengers and delivery people.

 

About the Author:
Stephen Fishman received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1979. After stints in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer in 1983. He has helped write and edit over a dozen reference books for attorneys. He is the author of Software Development: A Legal Guide, Copyright Your Software, The Copyright Handbook, Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, Wage Slave No More: Law & Taxes for the Self-Employed, and Hiring Independent Contractors: The Employer's Legal Guide, all published by Nolo.

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Editorial Reviews

Bob Schwabach
The Copyright Handbook...has become a standard work on the subject.
Juliet F. Brudney
...illuminates some of the most important elements of this growing way to work...Fishman's book helps identify and clarify questions and concerns.
Boston Globe
Law Library Journal
Best legal reference book of 1996. This book contains all the usual wonderful features we have come to expect from the Nolo line...
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The book and computer disk explain the [contractor] relationship in general and special factors for household services, consultants, salespeople, accountants, software consultants, creative services and construction.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The book and computer disk explain the [contractor] relationship in general and special factors for household services, consultants, salespeople, accountants, software consultants, creative services and construction.
Small Business Opportunities
Don't do anything without reading Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements.... [This] book will help you understand the importance of written agreements and will show you exactly how to put your agreement together.
Writers Market
A thorough (and thoroughly enjoyable) discussion of the subject of copyright law as it applies to writers.
Small BusinessOpportunities
Don't do anything without reading Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements.... [This] book will help you understand the importance of written agreements and will show you exactly how to put your agreement together.
Boston Globe
...illuminates some of the most important elements of this growing way to work...Fishman's book helps identify and clarify questions and concerns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413300260
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Edition description: Includes CD-Rom
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, most recently Tax Deductions for Professionals. Other titles include Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide and Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn-plus many other legal and business books. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1979. After time in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer in 1983.
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Table of Contents

1. How to Use This Book
2. Hiring Consultants and Independent Contractors
3. Working as a Consultant or Independent Contractor
4. Enforcing Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements
5. General Independent Contractor Agreements
6. Consultant Agreements
7. Agreements for Household Services
8. Agreements for Salespeople
9. Agreements for Accountants and Bookkeepers
10. Agreements for Software Consultants
11. Agreements for Creative Contractors
12. Agreements for Construction Contractors
13. Agreements for Messengers, Couriers, and Delivery People
A1. Appendix I: How to use the CD-ROM
A2. Appendix II: Sample Agreements for Use by Hiring Firm
A3. Appendix III: Sample Agreements for Use by IC
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