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An Independent Contractor Agreement is an agreement between two parties, the independent contractor (often called just the "contractor") and the recipient of services (often called just the "recipient"). In this document, the parties are generally forming a relationship so that the contractor can perform one specific task.
These relationships are very different than employment relationships - and in fact, there are several legal requirements for ensuring a contracting relationship is not mistaken for an employment one. These include things such as the recipient's level of control over the contractor, location restrictions, and other items which may determine whether the contracting relationship looks more like employment.
This agreement can be used for any type of contracting services, whether big or small. Within these agreements, the contractor and recipient outline the bounds of their contractual relationship.
How to use this document
This document can be used for an independent contractor looking to enter into a new relationship with a recipient of services, or for a recipient of services preparing to hire a new contractor. In fact, for any independent contractors looking for a standard template for their business relationships, this document will be a great fit.
In this document, pertinent identifying details will be entered, such as whether the recipient is an individual or business, and each of the parties' respective addresses and contact information. Then, the most important characteristics of the agreement between the parties will be entered, like what the contracting services being provided are and fee information.
There will also be general contract provisions included, which cover the state location for any disputes, as well as other standard terms.
When this agreement is filled out, it should be printed and signed by both parties. Ideally, a copy of this document should be kept with each party.
Independent Contractor in the United States are subject to both Federal laws and specific state laws, which cover general contract principles like formation and mutual understanding. Federal laws may restrict what services can be contracted for (for example, no one may not contract for anything illegal), but individual state laws will generally govern the interpretation of the contract in case of a dispute.
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