If it meets the needs of your business, hiring consultants, freelancers and temporary workers can be a smart alternative to taking on employees. But you have to make sure that the IRS won't see these independent contractors as employees, which could subject you to back taxes and penalties.
Hiring Independent Contractors FAQ
Plain-English answers to questions about hiring independent contractors -- and the differences between contractors and employees.
Two Steps to Take Before You Hire an Independent Contractor
When you hire an independent contractor, keep documents to prove that the contractor really isn't an employee.
Know the Rules Before You Hire an Independent Contractor
Make sure the independent contractor you hire doesn't get reclassified as an employee.
Independent Contractors vs. Microsoft: Don't Treat Contractors Like Employees
When hiring freelancers and consultants, don't let what happened to Microsoft happen to you.