At some point as an entrepreneur growing a small business, this is a decision you will have to make. You cannot do everything by yourself (forever), the more clients you get, the more hands and brains you will need. firstly, what does hiring mean, what responsibility does it leave you with, and even the pros/cons of bringing in independent contractors? This blog will contrast.
According to the Black’s Law Dictionary, an employee is a person who works in the service of another person under a contract of hire, which gives the employer the right to control the details of work performance, while a self-employed (herein Independent Contractor) is a person or entity contracted to perform work for—or provide services to—another entity as a nonemployee.
Now the question is, flexibility or responsibility?
Both contracts have their own Pros and Cons, which we discussed below:
Pros and Cons of hiring an employee:
Before bringing onboarding anyone, you need to understand that extra manpower comes with an array of legal obligations, liabilities, expenses, and paperwork. It’s important to consider hiring when your business is ready for this step, as it comes with responsibility: high turnover, absenteeism, higher healthcare costs, workplace violence, theft, etc.
fig.1. Pros and Cons:
|You get the advantage of being able to completely control and direct that person’s work during work time||Employees come laws and regulations from the federal government and your state regulate the payment of wages or salaries, overtime, etc|
|Train the person in the way you want the job done.||You must also comply with payroll tax requirements.|
|Require that person to work only for you.||And other responsibilities such as payment of unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.|
Pros and Cons of outsourcing independent contractors
This means you will have less time dictating on training, management, and supervision so that you can focus on other tasks and demands of the business.
We have said this previously, having employees means having fixed costs. This particular contract gives you a great competitive advantage, controlled costs, and increased reach. You can get access to capabilities and facilities otherwise not accessible or affordable while saving costs.
fig.2. Pros and Cons:
|You have few reporting or tax responsibilities.||You can assign duties and impose a deadline but you cannot tell them how to get the job done.|
|You must report the amount you have paid them each year, but you don’t have to pay FICA taxes.||They can work for others and often set his or her hours of work.|
|Their payroll responsibilities are significantly less than for an employee.|
At the end of the day, it all boils down to at what level is your business, hiring is quite a big responsibility. We have talked about this on a blog before that hiring interns helps too. Before you make that decision, you need to have honest money conversations with yourself, the extra time for supervision, etc.
It’s not a train smash if you cannot afford to hire a recruiter to help you find the right talent, you can conduct the interviews yourself, but you also need to prepare yourself to make sure you get as much information as possible and ensure the interviewee is culture fit. All the best if you are about to make that decision, we hope that you found this insightful and that it helps you make an informed decision.