According to Buzzsumo, this story that appears on GoSmallBiz.com, was one of the most shared stories in 2014. It states:
No one point in the test is governing, but some are clearly more important than others. As the test is applied, multiple “yes” answers point toward an employer/employee relationship.
Does the employer provide instructions about when, where, and how to do the job?
Does the employer provide training for the worker?
Does the worker get started with little or no investment?
Does the company reimburse the worker’s travel or other expenses?
Is this the worker’s only client?
Is the worker paid by the hour, week, or month?
Is the worker insulated from profit and/or loss from his/her services?
Can the employer terminate the worker?
May the worker quit work at any time without incurring liability?
Does the worker have a continuing working relationship with the employer?
Are the worker’s services integrated with and/or significant to the business?
Must the services be rendered by the worker personally?
Does the employer either provide or supervise the worker’s assistants?
Is the work performed in a sequence set by the employer?
Is the worker required to submit regular oral or written reports to the employer?
Does the worker rely on the employer to furnish supplies, tools, and materials?
Does the worker perform for only one employer at a time?
Is the worker required to work a set number of hours?
Does the worker work 40 hours or more per week for the employer?
Is the work done on the employer’s premises or at a location designated by the employer?
Use these questions to determine if you have an independent contractor or an employee….”
See the full story at The Independent Contractor Checklist