If your business hires independent contractors, freelancers or consultants, this book is for you -- and essential. Working with independent contractors can save you a bundle -- but the rules regarding who qualifies are complicated, and misclassifying a worker can result in serious financial penalties from your state or IRS. If you hire programmers, writers, designers, marketing consultants, nurses, janitors, telemarketers, drivers -- in a word, anyone -- on a contractual basis, you need Working With Independent Contractors. This book shows you how to: create a valid contract assess who qualifies as an independent contractor hire ICs without risking an audit retain ownership of intellectual property when using ICs handle an IRS audit take advantage of the IRS's "Safe Harbor" law The 6th edition -- completely revised to reflect the latest laws and court rulings -- includes detailed examples of how a business should hire freelancers. The book comes with all the contracts you'll need, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.