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Contracts

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Freelance

Self-employed individuals and sole proprietors share similar tax obligations and risks because their personal assets are tied to their business, but not all self-employed business owners are sole...

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Independent contractors
Whether you need a business license as an independent contractor depends on your profession and where you work. Some licenses also require you to carry business insurance.
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Construction
Launching a successful construction business means drafting the right business plan, defining your marketing strategy, and searching for new contract opportunities.
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Contracts
Getting your painting business off the ground requires a solid business plan, a marketing strategy, and the right approach to writing up painting contracts between yourself and your customers.
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Independent contractors

Anyone who works but isn’t an employee is self-employed. This includes independent contractors, although not everyone who is self-employed is an independent contractor. The difference depends on...

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Starting a business

Both sole proprietor and independent contractor are terms that describe self-employed people. Which one applies to your business depends on the taxation structure and your professional relationships...

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Small business insurance
Landlords often require business owners to carry commercial lease insurance. Learn why you may need to purchase insurance before signing a lease, and the types of coverage you may need to carry.
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Cleaning services
For a cleaning service provider, written contracts ensure that you and your customers know what to expect from each other. Learn more about how contracts can help your cleaning business.
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Cleaning services
Cleaning contracts are a great way to manage client expectations. Learn more about the best ways to get commercial cleaning contracts for your business.
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Consulting
Not all consulting contracts are identical, but there are a few key elements that every agreement should have.
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Contracts
Any business could face a breach of contract lawsuit. Here’s how to avoid breach of contract accusations, and how insurance can protect you if you’re sued.
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IT & technology professionals
When you hire a subcontractor you expose your IT business to additional risks. You can mitigate these risks by using a written subcontractor agreement.
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