Re: tax issue -- writers working for me?

Subject: Re: tax issue -- writers working for me?
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- YAHOO -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 11:24:45 -0800

Sorry, I have to respond to this...

> 3. You don't need a lawyer to draw up an agreement with the entity you're
> working with. You can write a fairly clear one yourself, provided it states
> *without qualification* that you are not an employee of the hiring company,
> that
> you are responsible for all payroll taxes and other taxes associated with
> work, and that you are being hired to handle the subsequent specific set of
> tasks, which you then state, along with dates, the terms of how you get paid,
> etc. Having a lawyer draft such an agreement is a rather expensive form of
> insurance, which in my experience isn't always - or even often - necessary.

As someone chided me a while back, doing this stuff alone is really not a good
idea. You wouldn't trust an engineer to write user manuals, then why are you
trusting yourself to write contracts? You want something done right, hire a
professional do it.

Subcontracting agreements must be worded very carefully. Especially concerning
issues such as quality of work and indemnification of liability. The
$200 - $500 you spend on a lawyer to draft a good contract can save you
thousands in the long run.

I know many people who did the "do it yourself method" and lost friends, money,
and their business because of arguments over the contract.

I do not think it is a good idea to take subcontracting lightly or try the "do
it yourself" method.

Andrew Plato
President / Principal Consultant
Anitian Consulting, Inc.

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