Working for yourself can be a blessing and a curse. Independent contractors ("ICs") enjoy more freedom and control over their work than employees do -- and they can earn more money, too. But they also have to contend with deadbeat clients, self-employment taxes and the higher cost of doing business on their own.
Independent Contractors FAQ
Quick answers to common questions about working as an independent contractor -- including information on the legal differences between contractors and employees.
Pros and Cons of the Independent Contractor's Life
The benefits -- and drawbacks -- of working as an independent contractor rather than as an employee.
How Much Are You Worth?
How to decide what to charge for your services.
Getting Clients to Pay Up
Getting work is one thing, getting paid is another. Here's some advice about what to do if a client won't, or can't, pay.
Paying Estimated Taxes
ICs don't have taxes withheld from their paychecks, but they have to pay estimated taxes every quarter