Defining Independent Contractors
There are many types of business professionals who fall into the category of independent contractors, such as doctors, lawyers, accountants, as well as general contractors and subcontractors. Overall, independent contractors have control over their own companies. They make the decisions on how their companies will operate, and they decide what products and services they will provide, as well as how such services will be performed. In contrast, hired employees perform services that are controlled by an employer who makes the decisions on what work will be done and how. Independent contractors and employers both have the legal right to control the details of how their products are to be delivered and how their services are to be performed.