How to Hire Interns, Freelancers, and Employees
You’re ready to hire help.
It all depends on what type of help you need.
You can hire interns, independent contractors, or employees.
Here’s how to hire them all…
If you're hiring interns, you need to structure your internship program so that it complies with federal law.
There are rules about hiring, work responsibilities, and scheduling.
If you don’t follow these rules, then your interns are treated as employees. They’ll be entitled to employee backpay and overtime.
You’ll want a contract in place to make sure you spell out the work, timelines, and termination process. Plus, you want to make sure that you own the work created and all confidential information stays a secret.
Read More: Internship Agreement Template
An Independent Contractor (sometimes called a freelancer) is someone you hire for a project.
It’s typically a virtual assistant, photographer, social media manager, graphic designer, website developer, or consultant.
They typically have their own company and work in a single area.
When you’re hiring, you’ll want a contract that spells out the project, payment, and timelines.
You’ll want to make sure that you own the work created. This is so important because the independent contractor owns all the work they create. If they create a logo or a blog post, they own it. That means you can’t copyright it, trademark it, or protect it against copycats. You may also lose the rights to use it someday.
When you're handing over passwords and confidential information, you want to make sure this information stays secret. With a contract, they won't be able to share any details about your company or project. And they won’t be able to create similar work for your competition.
That’s why you need a contract.
Read More: Independent Contractor Agreement Template
When it's time to hire employees, you'll want to review all the employment laws in your state.
You’ll have to follow rules about pay, overtime, scheduling, and notices. It’s important to make sure that you’re following them closely.
You’ll also want a contract to spell out your hiring details.
When you're handing over passwords and confidential information, you want to make sure this information stays secret. With a contract, employees won't be able to share any details about your company or project.
You also want to make sure that your employee is at-will and you can terminate them for any reason. It sounds harsh, but it can save you from a lawsuit.
Read More: Employee Agreement Template