Independent Contractor Agreement


Ready to expand your team but not quite ready for the pressure and commitment of hiring a full-time employee? Well, maybe it’s time to bring on an independent contractor. An independent contractor is a person or entity that you contract with to perform work or provide services to your business without having to provide the same level of guidance, oversight or benefits required of hiring a full-time employee. Independent contractors may perform work for you or on behalf of your company, but pay their own taxes, cover their own work expenses and control the timing, performance and manner of their work.

If an independent contractor sounds like just the person you’re looking to add to your team, then this contract template will help you do just that. This template comes ready-to-use and with instructions on how to customize it for your needs.

More about this template…

This template was drafted by a licensed, experienced business law attorney and reviewed for correctness by a law professor. So trust us, you’re in good hands! This template is easy-to-read and ready-to-use. All you have to do is download and fill in the blanks. But, if you still need some guidance on how to complete the template, we have included drafting notes and comments in the document to help guide you as you navigate the template. 

Template Specs

  • Delivered in both MS Word and PDF Formats
  • Document is 6-pages in length (including a “Fee Schedule” that can be used to supplement this form if payment terms for this contractor are complex)
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac
  • Available for download on desktop and mobile
  • Comes with a “draft” version complete with drafting tips and notes
  • Easily customizable with your brand colors and logo
  • Ready for upload into any electronic signature platform
  • Can be used over and over again for other creative works or new  parties

Template Highlights

This template includes the following:

  • A table for a complete, detailed “statement of work” or services to be provided by the contractor
  • A “work made for hire” clause that gives the company ownership of any intellectual property created by the independent contractor for the company
  • A non-solicitation clause that forbids the independent contractor from working with the company’s clients after the independent contractor relationship ends
  • A clause clearly establishing the company’s relationship as company and independent contractor
  • A clause stating that the independent contractor is solely responsible for filing and/or withholding any appropriate taxes for any money it receives
  • Plenty of other legal stuff that protects you and your business

Who should use this template?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Small business Owners
  • Side-Hustlers

*Please note: this agreement is drafted in favor of the hiring company, not the independent contractor.

Not sure how to fill out a template? Here are some basic tips to help!

1. When contracting with another party, make sure you know the legal name of that person or entity. You want to make sure that you are binding the right person to the agreement. If you are contracting with a business, check your Secretary of State registry to ensure you have the full legal name and address of the business.

2. To appear SUPER professional, fill out the template in MS Word or another word processing platform BEFORE you present it to the other party, either digitally or in person.But, if you are running short on time and need to fill in your template in pen or pencil, it will still be binding.

3. Signing and filling contracts by hand is so 2005! Take the stress out of executing your agreements by using an electronic signature platform like DocuSign, HelloSign or AdobeSign to sign and disseminate your agreements.

4. Independent contractors are responsible for paying their own taxes, but you’re responsible for reporting the money that you pay them. Be sure to give your independent contractor a W-9 form in addition to this template.

5. Providing a detailed scope of service is important for defining the relationship between you and the independent contractor. Make sure to be specific about all services being performed/received and any appropriate deadlines for service.


Once you purchase this template, you will receive a link to complete a digital download of your templates. The item will be available for download only ONE time for the thirty (30) days immediately preceding your purchase. Once the thirty (30) days has passed, you will no longer be able to download the product from this site. You will also not be able to download the template from this site more than once. Accordingly, we highly encourage you to download your template and save it to your computer immediately, if you can. If you can’t then be sure to do so within the first thirty (30) days of purchase.

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