Contractor Questions


2 Votes
5 Answers
2.01K Views
Hiring a quality UX/UI designer for our startup?

We're have a tough time finding any good designers to hire for our startup. Most of the good designers are usually more interested in working at VC funded startups in the valley or more established...

asked Jun 10 '15 at 09:55
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Keenan Bachelder
15 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.41K Views
Can you raise money from VCs if you're a solo founder and all your employees are ODesk contractors?

I have a solo founder (technical) who has hired 8 full time contractors on ODesk for my startup. We have launched an MVP and starting to get some initial traction.Would VCs reject such a startup...


1 Votes
0 Answers
746 Views
Should I incorporate as a one-person freelance business?

I am a PHP programmer and designer who primarily does freelance consulting. I do not have any employees or complex payment structures. It's almost always $x for y amount of hours worked. At the...


4 Votes
6 Answers
2.69K Views
Should I learn to code or hire a contractor?

I'm a marketing person with an idea for an app that I want to launch. Should I spend a few weeks or months learning how to code or should I save up some money and hire a programmer?Are there...

asked Sep 3 '14 at 21:55
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Doug Blackwell
22 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
2.67K Views
Should you give a negative review to a contractor if they go AWOL or have personal problems, but otherwise do good work?

When reviewing or rating or providing references to a contractor, should you factor in them going AWOL, not responding, having personal problems, being flaky, but otherwise doing good work? I've...

asked Nov 9 '14 at 05:28
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Starrychloe S.
83 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.19K Views
Pros and Cons of hiring remote contractors vs onsite employees?

What are some pros and cons of hiring full time employees onsite vs employing contractors on platforms like UpWork (ODesk)?Salary is one. In almost all cases remote workers are going to cost you...

asked Jun 16 '15 at 10:25
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Larry Lamas
14 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
823 Views
Should you give marginal equity to contractors that you hire?

What do you think about giving a tiny amount of equity to contractors and consultants? Do you think it would make them more motivated to do a better job if they have ownership in the company?

asked Apr 17 '14 at 22:42
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Salvatore Cochrane
11 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
577 Views
Sub-contracting consulting work: can you claim it as your own?

I run a small consulting operation and I have taken on more clients than I can service on my own. There is a contractor who can I sub-contract the extra work out to, who will do the work in the...

asked Apr 18 '14 at 18:11
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Pauline Larrick
7 points

0 Votes
0 Answers
472 Views
How to stop being a micro-manager to my employees?

All my employees are contractors. Some are on ODesk, some are direct.How can I groom new contractors into being more independent and work with goals? I want to avoid constantly micro managing...

asked Mar 14 '14 at 12:37
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Clifford Harold
45 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
1.29K Views
As a UK Company, do I need to provide contractors with a 1099 form?

I'm looking for hire a few US freelancer for some small web tasks. I've read that US companies need to provide their contractors with a 1099 form if the contractor has earned more then $600 in a...

asked Oct 11 '13 at 00:18
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Bengem
108 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
669 Views
I want to start a limited company in The UK, as I am British, but live in Poland with my girlfriend

About 6 years ago I did have a limited company for Contract Work I was doing for 6 months, it was very simple and no problems. I now live in Poland with my girlfriend and found it difficult to get...

asked Aug 28 '13 at 23:19
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Anthony Kerr
11 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
470 Views
How to contract developers before company is incorporated?

If two partners intend to start up a company but (before they have actually incorporated) they wish to make a large payment, e.g. to developers to build their product/prototype. Should the contract...

asked Jul 16 '13 at 14:43
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User26625
86 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
524 Views
Employment vs Sole Trading - UK

In the UK, is it possible to be in full time employment and be a sole trader at the same time? i.e. Work a full time job as an employee. Do contract work as a sole trader on evenings and...

asked May 20 '13 at 21:29
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Flem
108 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
536 Views
Contracting with existing LLC - How to payout wages

A friend of mine and I have recently taken on a part time consulting gig. The job involves building custom software, and we've agreed to work 16 hours a week on the project. The contract was made...

asked May 23 '13 at 04:46
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Rob H
6 points

6 Votes
2 Answers
928 Views
How to have reliable developers and securing code from being stolen

I have couple of concept for website but they require immense coding and designing. For that I am planning to hire developers and designers [Contractors]. As I know this is going to take couple of...

asked Mar 15 '13 at 22:23
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Zerotoinfinite
133 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
400 Views
Side Business on Contractors of current Company?

I work at an Oil & Gas Company in Texas and we use many 1099 contractors to get jobs done (welding, casing, and other services. I have started a side Bookkeeping/Accounting Business with very...

asked Feb 25 '13 at 14:49
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Rob
6 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
499 Views
Need a service but I don't know much about it

As a decision maker in my startup I want to be better informed when contracting someone for a service, especially. Years ago I was led to believe anyone with a computer and good eye could easily...

asked Nov 8 '12 at 09:05
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Robert Carr
11 points

0 Votes
0 Answers
586 Views
How much equity for a graphic designer doing contract work?

Possible Duplicate: A graphic designer working for equity My business partner and I have been working on our project for a couple months. We are 50-50 co-founders both working full-time and...


1 Votes
2 Answers
451 Views
Taxes for Europeans working for USA llc- short term

I have an American based llc production company. I want to hire European artists for a short period (1 month for a show) . whats the best route for their taxes and mine? Would it be more...

asked Jul 16 '12 at 08:02
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Richard
6 points

3 Votes
1 Answers
3.93K Views
Are there any reasons I can't issue options to foreign contractors?

My company is a U.S. C-Corp and we have recently created a stock option plan that allows for both ISO and NSO option grants. We have a foreign contractor located in China who does work for the...

asked Jun 1 '12 at 08:47
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Tricia Yee
16 points