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Independent Contractor Agreement/Sub-Contractor Agreement

An Independent Contractor Agreement, also known as a freelance or consulting agreement, is a legal document that outlines the terms and conditions of the working relationship between a business and an independent contractor. This agreement is important for both parties as it clearly defines the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of each party. It also serves as a protection for both parties in case of any disputes that may arise.

An effective Independent Contractor Agreement should contain the following key elements:

  • The scope of work: This includes the specific tasks or projects that the independent contractor will be responsible for completing.
  • Compensation: This includes the amount of payment and the method of payment for the independent contractor's services.
  • Duration of the agreement: This includes the start and end date of the agreement. Independent contractor status: This includes language that confirms that the independent contractor is not an employee of the business.
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure: This includes language that prohibits the independent contractor from sharing confidential information about the business.
  • Termination clause: This includes language that outlines the circumstances under which the agreement can be terminated.

  • Common Misconceptions about Independent Contractor Agreements One common misconception about Independent Contractor Agreements is that they are not necessary. However, this is not true. An Independent Contractor Agreement is a legally binding document that protects both parties and helps to avoid disputes. Another misconception is that all independent contractors are the same. However, each independent contractor is unique and their agreement should be tailored to their specific needs.

Best Practices for Independent Contractor Agreements

Keep it simple: Use clear and easy-to-understand language. Be specific: Tailor the agreement to the specific industry and type of work. Regularly review and update the agreement: Keep the agreement up to date to reflect any changes in the working relationship.

Included in this Contact

This document contains all the basic aspects of an Independent Contractor Agreement, including:

  • What services the independent contractor is to provide;
  • The commencement date duration that the contract is set to run;
  • How the agreement may be terminated;
  • The agreed fees and how the independent contractor is to be paid;
  • Provisions pertaining to intellectual property;
  • Provisions to prevent, if you choose, staff and customer poaching;
  • Dispute resolution provisions.

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How does it differ to the Consulting Agreement and Service Level Agreement ?

While an Independent Contractor Agreement could be considered in some instances to be a form of Service Level Agreement or a Consulting Agreement , we would suggest only choosing the Independent Contractor Agreement if you are outsourcing work or services to another party, and are not rendering the work or services yourself.

If you are rendering the services yourself, rather choose the Consulting Agreement or Service Level Agreement . They are very similar to each other, and it is more a matter of preference as to whether you consider yourself a consultant or a service provider, which will necessitate your choice between the two documents, as the substance of each document is identical.

Specialized Service Level Agreements

This is our standard, Independent Contractor Agreement that will suit almost any scenario. We have, however, recently created more tailored versions of this document for freelance professionals delivering services. Please have a look at the following to see if these are a better fit for you and your business:


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Further Reading

Read more about the Definitive Guide to Freelancer/Independent Contractor Agreements in South Africa (for both the Contractor and Principal), click here

Read more about the 6 Contracts You and Your Business Need, click here

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