How to Hire a Independent Contractor

Hire an Independent Contractor

There may be a point in the growth of your company where you need an expanded workforce to
get the job done, but you may not be able to take on the payroll responsibilities for hiring full-
time employees. In this case, it may be best to hire an Independent Contractor to fill in the gaps,
help you meet the day-to-day demands of your business, and move your company forward.

Independent Contractors can be brought on to fill just about any role within your company. The
unique designation is that they are independent of your company, not a full-time employee (and
are usually not eligible for benefits), nor are they a part of another organization who would bill
you for your time. Contractors are individuals who are entirely independent and work on a
contract basis.

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Benefits of hiring an Independent Contractor

Independent Contractors can provide a versatile skill set to your company, but they can also change your current company dynamic. A great Independent Contractor hire can help your business:

  • Increase your available manpower while minimally increasing your exposure
  • Are an excellent resource during seasonal demand or for short-term projects
  • Can open up the time and resources of full-time employees to focus on higher priority projects

Skills to look for in a great Independent Contractor

The skills to search for in an Independent Contractor will solely depend on the type of work you need completing. All Independent Contractors you hire should have a handful of consistent skills and qualities. 

Hard skills:

  • Proof of required certifications and insurances
  • Ability to provide the requisite tools and materials for the job
  • Proof they are legal to work in your country

Soft skills:

  • Versatility within your workplace 
  • Compatible personality to work with the rest of your team
  • High-level problem-solving skills to complete jobs on their own

Writing a job description for an Independent Contractor

The job description for an independent contractor will be entirely dependent on the work needing completion. Researching job descriptions for full-time employees in the same role can be an excellent starting point. Be sure to include an enticing summary of the role and list out the duties, responsibilities, and skills for the position, as well as highlighting that the role is designed for an independent contractor.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Independent Contractor jobs, such as: 

  • “ (role name) contract basis”
  • “Independent worker”
  • “Contract basis”
  • “Contractor”

Interviewing Independent Contractor candidates

Strong candidates for Independent Contractor positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

  • Their ability to work independently and complete the required need
  • Work with a professional rapport and adhere to any confidentiality agreements

See our list of interview questions for more examples. 

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