From Guerrilla Freelancing, Leon Harris offers his recommendations for the top 5 legal resources for freelancers and independent contractors. He writes:
Whereas corporate competitors will have multiple people to fill these roles within the company, you, as a freelancer, will do them all in the course of running your business. And without a legal team to back you up, you could find yourself facing some issues on the legal front at some point. Fortunately, there are all kinds of resources (at varying price points) that could help you out. Here are just a few to consider.
- Small Business Administration. Although you may not technically qualify as a small business until you form an LLC or purchase a business license (two things that many freelancers forego), this website can help you to learn some very interesting things about the wide world of small businesses. For example, you may be interested to know that the SBA offers grants and loans to startups, so if you do decide to turn your operation into a legitimate company you may be eligible for loans to grow and expand. But beyond that, the SBA website provides you with information on legal issues like taxes, social security, and labor laws that may affect you. It’s a good place to start for those just starting out.
- Docracy. As you may be aware, the creation of legal documents by an attorney can be an expensive affair. And yet, you want to make sure that your interests are legally protected, just in case you end up in court. Lucky for you there is an entity out there willing to provide you with legal document templates for free. And you’ll find them at Docracy. This website is dedicated to offering legal documents for both personal and professional pursuits, so don’t hesitate to download a contract for work (or other forms), adapt them to suit your business needs, and use them to protect you.
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