Anytime you set out to hire a contractor or a subcontractor you will need to make sure that you have a written contract in place. This document represents an agreement between both parties as to what is expected and the compensation that will be paid once the job has been completed. It is a legally binding contract according to the law once it has been signed and should be very specific in nature so as to avoid any confusion or chance of misinterpretation on either party’s behalf. To make sure that the contract you fill out is formatted properly you can look through various contract agreement samples to find one that best represents your need.
This form should be broken down into several sections to make sure that all aspects of the contract are covered and there is no room for error. It should start with a section that describes who is doing the hiring and who is being hired. This section can also be used to describe in detail the job that the person or company is being hired to perform. It may also cover any parts or materials that are to be used and any specialized equipment that will be needed. For example John Smith is hiring Fred Blogs to use his backhoe to dig a trench for utilities that is 3 feet wide by 6 feet deep and 200 yards long.
The next section of the contract agreement should cover compensation, meaning how much the person or company will be paid for the work they have been hired to do. This is followed by an assurance of services which is the contractor agreeing to provide the listed services for the agreed upon amount and that all information gained during the job will be kept in the strictest confidence where deemed necessary by the employer. Finally the contract agreement should include information that covers when the contract is to begin and when it to end.
For those who have never had to complete this type of contract you can look online where you will find many different sample contract agreements that cover every imaginable type of job. You will most likely find several that relate directly to the job you have in mind and should make sure that the one you choose is legal in the state where you are headquartered. Since this is a legally binding contract it is your job to make sure you cover all the bases and leave no room for the independent contractor you hire to create a problem at any point during the duration of the contract.