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Stephen Fishman
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December 2002 Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements
Whether you are contracting your services to others or hiring independent contractors to work for you, it's essential to get everything in writing -- if you don't, you could lose time, money and credibility.

Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements gives you the plain-English instructions and easy-to-use forms you need to get the legalities straight, stay out of trouble and get the job done.

If you're an independent contractor...

Take the legal steps necessary to document each new project that comes your way-- if you get audited, you'll be glad you did. This easy-to-use book gives you all the tools you need to:

*put your agreement in writing
*define a project's scope, components and duration
*satisfy IRS requirements
*get paid on time and in full
*avoid disputes with clients
*drum up new business

If you're hiring independent contractors...

Using freelancers can get you great results and save you money-- but you need to know what it takes to avoid the ire of the IRS while protecting your business and intellectual property. Here's everything you need to:

*put your agreement in writing
*define a project's scope, components and duration
*satisfy IRS requirements
*protect your trade secrets, trademarks, patents and copyrights
*avoid disputes with independent contractors
*get your money's worth

The 3rd edition includes a new chapter on how to enforce agreements. The book also provides 16 updated agreements as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.


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...illuminates some of the most important elements of this growing way to work...Fishman's book helps identify and clarify questions and concerns. -- Juliet F. Brudney, Boston Globe

Nolo is a pioneer in both consumer and business self-help books and software. -- Los Angeles Times

[This] book will help you understand the importance of written agreements and will show you exactly how to put your agreement together. -- Small Business Opportunities --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen Fishman received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1979. After stints in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer in 1983. He has helped write and edit over a dozen reference books for attorneys. He is the author of Software Development: A Legal Guide, Copyright Your Software, The Copyright Handbook, Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, Wage Slave No More: Law & Taxes for the Self-Employed, and Hiring Independent Contractors: The Employer's Legal Guide, all published by Nolo.

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If you are running a small business, you will definitely need some sort of agreements to use with your clients or vendors. This Nolo guide should be used in conjunction with another Nolo guide 'How to Create Noncompete Agreements' to have the best combination of contracts to protect yourself.
The first few chapters in the book outline both perspectives - hired consultant and client hiring the consultant. The chapters following these initial chapters focus on different kinds of situations like Agreements for Accounting and Bookkeeping Services, Agreements for Software Consultants (the one I started using right away), etc. These chapters basically outline the relevant contract and discuss the purpose of each clause in the contract along with their alternatives. You can then select the alternative that best suits your situation and modify the contract accordingly.
You will find the various sample agreements to be used by the hiring firm and by the independent contractor at the end of the book (and on the CD-ROM).
It took me all of 15 minutes to read the chapter on agreements for software consultants and highlight the clauses I wanted to modify. I spent an additional hour modifying the electonic version of the form and saving the file. After this, I emailed the electronic copy to my lawyer who charged me a much lower fee to check the contract! She basically found 3 errors I didn't know about and fixed them for me. I then sent the contract to my client to sign. Right there, the book paid for itself many times over!
But don't forget to combine this book with the other book on Noncompete Agreements. It is especially critical if you are the hiring firm. Good luck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Use templates but get final validation from a lawyer. Aug. 10 2003
By Harinath Thummalapalli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are running a small business, you will definitely need some sort of agreements to use with your clients or vendors. This Nolo guide should be used in conjunction with another Nolo guide 'How to Create Noncompete Agreements' to have the best combination of contracts to protect yourself.
The first few chapters in the book outline both perspectives - hired consultant and client hiring the consultant. The chapters following these initial chapters focus on different kinds of situations like Agreements for Accounting and Bookkeeping Services, Agreements for Software Consultants (the one I started using right away), etc. These chapters basically outline the relevant contract and discuss the purpose of each clause in the contract along with their alternatives. You can then select the alternative that best suits your situation and modify the contract accordingly.
You will find the various sample agreements to be used by the hiring firm and by the independent contractor at the end of the book (and on the CD-ROM).
It took me all of 15 minutes to read the chapter on agreements for software consultants and highlight the clauses I wanted to modify. I spent an additional hour modifying the electonic version of the form and saving the file. After this, I emailed the electronic copy to my lawyer who charged me a much lower fee to check the contract! She basically found 3 errors I didn't know about and fixed them for me. I then sent the contract to my client to sign. Right there, the book paid for itself many times over!
But don't forget to combine this book with the other book on Noncompete Agreements. It is especially critical if you are the hiring firm. Good luck!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this what you really need. Dec 11 2008
By Scott T. Strachan - Published on Amazon.com
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This Nolo Book is getting a poor review only because its companion book "Working With Independent Contractors" was so good. This book is basically a limited reprint of the above cited book with a few additional specalized contracts. If you need those specalized contracts then this may be worth your money, otherwise get "Working With Independent Contractors" its great.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great contracts for specific types of consultants March 30 2011
By Citizen John - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book at the terrific used price just to get the consulting agreements. There are specific contracts for: household services; salespeople; accountants and bookkeepers; software consultants; creative contractors; construction contractors; and messengers, couriers and delivery people. This is on the CD too.

Rather than create my own service contracts from scratch, I have been able to use the agreements in this book with minimal editing. This saves time, attorney expenses and is more reliable than finding templates on the Internet. It's interesting to see the differences between the types of contracts. Also, the sections explaining consulting agreements cover the basic terms common to each type of agreement.

Because of the used price and usefulness of the included contracts, I easily recommend this book for those needing a consulting agreement.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite helpful Nov. 23 2007
By L. W. Schroeder - Published on Amazon.com
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This book pretty much covers the waterfront for independent contractors. The enclosed CDROM is quite helpful as it contains all the forms discussed. The discussion of liability and in particular liability to third parties is more extensively discussed in Fishman's other book, "Working for Yourself".
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference Jan. 3 2014
By nbeiii - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book primarily to get the sample agreements. They're decent as a starting point. The explanations in the text are also helpful. This should not be used in place of sound legal or financial advice, however. I found a few issues (relative to my specific case) with some of the agreements provided (it is possible there was some reference in the text that I missed, however, as I did not ready cover-to-cover). Note also a number of references to other Nolo publications you are urged to purchase. Don't buy this thinking it's a be-all and end-all source of info for the subject matter.
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