Re: Contractor vs Consultant

Subject: Re: Contractor vs Consultant
From: Sandy Harris <sharris -at- dkl -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 10:20:41 -0400

Anthony Markatos wrote:

> 1. What is the difference between an independent contractor and an
> independent consultant?

A contractor contracts to do a job. The employer needs work done.

A consultant is consulted to provide advice or expertise.

Typically, the contractor's deliverables are end-products -- working
software, documentation, ... -- while the consultant's are more likely
to be things like plans or specifications.

There are exceptions in both directions. One might use a contractor
for a feasibility study or a product specification, and part of a
consultant's work might be to build the software he or she specifies.

> 2. What is a subcontractor?

You contract someone to build you a house. He hires subcontractors
to handle various specialists tasks: concrete pouring, electrical
wiring, ...

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