Q. I need some help, and I'm thinking about bringing somebody on as an independent contractor. I'm not completely sure of the difference between a contractor and an employee though.
A. You might want to consider engaging a temporary which can be considerably easier and solve many of your issues. Naturally, we can't provide legal advice other than the advice to seek out your own legal council. That said, the IRS looks at several factors to determine whether an employee can properly be classified as an employee or independent contractor. Those may include Behavioral Control (i.e. do you tell them when and where to work and what tools to use), Financial Control (i.e. is it possible for a worker to make a profit or might they have unreimbursed business expenses) and Type of Relationship (i.e. is the relationship expected to be brief, do you have contracts, are the services performed by the worker a key part of the business). Generally you will have more control over an employee and less control over a contractor.