INDEPENDENT SUBCONTRACTOR: HOW INDEPENDENT ARE YOU?
If you are an Independent Consultant, you already know how important it is for you to maintain a separate and self-governing business model. In other words, you don’t want your employment classification to become employee-based due to your “dependent relationship” with your client.
Use your Own Equipment:
Do you bring your laptop and print on your own printer using your own paper?
Market Your Company:
Have you set up a simple website to present your services (checkout Squarespace), and do you send marketing emails to your network to sell your services?
Have More than One Client:
Can you demonstrate billings to any other company or person through your business?
Be Your Own HR:
Do you hire help and pay them from your business (even occasional part-time employee would suffice)? Have you signed up for professional training that your business pays for? Is your job title the same as other employees of the Client? Do you charge the client for overtime or public holiday pay?
Do you create your own hours of work? Do you attend staff events that are for employees that are hosted by your Client? Do you work on-site with full-time hours that are the same as full-time staff? Do you review the advancement of your project and accept input from your Client? Are you actively supervised by the Client?
Define the Project in Advance:
Do you outline what you will achieve with key dates and milestones?
Be Your Business:
Do you invoice your client for expenses? Do you invoice for work performed? Do you charge HST and file HST returns? Do you have General Liability Insurance and Office Insurance for your business? Have you set-up an official business office, at home or in a corporate space?
Communicate as a Business:
Do you have your own email address, not that of the Client? Do you have your own business cell phone, not a phone provided by the Client?