Rights of Independent Contractors You Should Know
Over recent years, more companies are opting for independent contractors rather than full time employees. Remember that when someone is hired as an employee, there are several benefits that such a person enjoys. The same cannot be said for an independent contractor. You must have seen the trend with Uber, Lyft, FedEx, and many other companies. Whenever someone files a lawsuit against a company such as Uber, they often hide behind the fact that the drivers are independent contractors.
This does not mean that being an independent contractor is a bad thing. Today, we want to look at some of the rights of independent contractors you probably did not know.
The right to control
The client will not control you as if you were hired as an employee. Each time a client tries to control you, they risk treating you as an employee, and that is something they do not want. As an independent contractor, you will work on the project controlling various aspects, depending on how you agree with the client.
The right to work whenever you want
The beauty of being an independent contractor is that you choose when and who to work for all the time. For most contractors, they can take on multiple jobs, which is not possible for employees. So long as you can finish the projects on time, you never have to worry about taking more projects.
Not all projects will require that you report to a specific area each day. You might even have to report once in a while, or whenever required. This might sound great, but you have to make sure you always live up to the client’s needs even if you have so much freedom to work the way you want.
You have the right to contract
Before you can start working on any project, you have to get a contract signed first. A contract is a binding agreement between you and the client. The contract will stipulate what you will do as part of the project and what might lead to the termination of the contract. As much as you are not an employee, it is vital that you deliver based on the contract terms if you have hopes of getting paid.
Right to promote and market your services
As an independent contractor, you have the right to market the different services that you offer. Because you are working for one client, it does not mean you cannot look for other projects. You can even take on new projects provided you are still able to deliver on other commitments you have with other clients.
Right to engage with other contractors
Sometimes you might have multiple projects running, and you have others coming in. At this point, you have the right to subcontract the projects to other contractors. All you have to do is monitor the project to ensure it is done correctly, just as you would have done.
As you can see, there is so much more you can enjoy by being a contractor. It would help if you considered getting an attorney when drafting the contracts. You have to ensure you are always protected so that you do not get shortchanged by a client.