Independent Contractor Agreement

Have you hired an independent contractor for your business? Are you ready to take things to the next level?

An independent contractor agreement will help you to clarify the relationship between you and the people that work for you, protect your intellectual property, and make sure your information is kept confidential. You may even be able to keep your contractors from working with your competitors.



Hiring an independent contractor to help you, whether it be for graphic design, website help, bookkeeping, social media marketing, or many other needs, is an important first step in legitimizing your business. However, it is also important that you make it clear that your contractors are just that – contractors. They must understand that they are not your employees, and you must also make it clear that you own the rights to any intellectual property they create for you.

Here are some of the basic questions you will need this contract to answer for you:

  • What work are you expecting the contractor to do and how will they be paid?
  • Is it possible for the contractor to work with other clients in your industry while they are working with you?
  • Who will own the intellectual property that the contractor creates?

In addition to helping you with all of these questions, this independent contractor agreement also includes a confidentiality clause that will protect both your information as well as your client’s information from disclosure by the contractor.

LEGAL NOTE: State laws vary on how they define independent contractors. This template is intended for use by businesses who have consulted with a lawyer in their state about whether their workers are properly classified as independent contractors. If you need assistance with this issue, and your business is located in North Carolina or Florida, then you may contact us for assistance.

This independent contractor agreement was drafted by a lawyer. The interview associated with this document should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. If you are just getting started with your online business, you don’t have much in terms of start-up capital, or you are in a rush to get a contract in place quickly, then this is the right contract for you.

In addition, this contract is about 90% less expensive than hiring our office to work with you on a custom contract. (our fees start in the $2,000-$3,000 range for custom contracts).


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