How Do I Write A Contractor Contract?

Do independent contractors need a written contract?

For most types of projects you hire an independent contractor (IC) to do, the law does not require you to put anything in writing. You can meet with the IC, agree on the terms of your arrangement, and have an oral contract or agreement that is legally binding. Just because you can doesn't mean you should, however.

Do independent contractors set their own pay?

You define the work hours: Generally, independent contractors do the job as they see fit. They set their own hours and work how and when they want. And they should be paid by the project -- never on an hourly basis.

What do general contractors look for in a contract?

10 Things to Look for in Any General Contractor Agreement

  • Clear Language. The first thing to look for applies to the agreement as a whole.
  • Contact Information. It seems like a no-brainer, but it must be said.
  • Insurance Requirements.
  • Project Description.
  • Payment Schedule.
  • Project Schedule.
  • Lien Waivers.
  • Project Cleanup.
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