Startups can streamline the hiring process with an independent contractor by using a standardized agreement. In using an independent contractor agreement template, you ensure that everyone at your startup who is part of the recruitment process uses a consistent and legally defensible document.

When hiring independent contractors, keep in mind there are special considerations that cannot be omitted from the contractor agreement, such as any payments that are in lieu of hiring a permanent employee. Examples may include an agreed upon percentage of pay in lieu of benefits and vacation pay, or specific expenses like travel and meals.

If you choose to hire an independent contractor, have them sign an independent contractor agreement to ensure that all parties are clear on their responsibilities as well as the terms and conditions of the contract. The terms and conditions can vary greatly from contractor to contractor.

Consider hiring a lawyer to review or craft your independent contractor agreement, particularly with respect to restrictive covenants. If you use a template such as the downloadable sample below, review it carefully to ensure that additions or amendments are not required.

Download a sample template of an independent contractor agreement

The document below is a sample template of an independent contractor agreement. It is designed for startups to download and use.

Sample independent contractor agreement

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