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20 July 2023 - 2 min read

What Is A Contractor?

A contractor can either be an individual or a company that provides goods or services under a legally binding agreement, ie. a contract. These agreements outline the terms of the task. 

Contractors are commonly hired in various industries, including construction, engineering, information technology, consulting, security, and more. They play a crucial role in delivering branch specific expertise, along with manpower, to progress or complete the diverse projects.

How do I ensure the right contractor for my project?
Selecting the right contractor involves careful consideration and due diligence. Key steps include:

  • Research and References: Conduct thorough research on potential contractors and ask for references from previous clients to assess their track record.
  • Qualifications and Experience: Verify the contractor's qualifications, licenses, and experience in handling similar projects.
  • Contract Agreement: Ensure a well-defined written contract that outlines project scope, timeline, payment terms, and any other relevant details.
  • Insurance and Compliance: Confirm that the contractor carries appropriate insurance coverage and complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.

These steps might seem excessive, and depending on the task at hand, they indeed might be. But remember; finding the right contractor is essential for a successful and smooth project execution. Take the time to evaluate your options.

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FAQ

Subcontractors are hired by other contractors to handle specific aspects of a project. For instance, if you have hired a contractor to build a house for you, they might hire a subcontractor to do the plumbing or install your very specific Japanese garden.
Pretty much. Freelancers and independent contractors are both self-employed individuals who provide their branch specific expertise to clients, without having the status of employee. Some do insist there are differences between the two, but you will be hard pressed to find any meaningful ones.
Hiring a contractor offers several advantages, including access to their specific skills and expertise. Contractors also offer cost-effectiveness and flexibility in project management, because of the ability to scale resources based on project needs. Contractors are also responsible for their taxes and benefits, reducing the administrative burden for the hiring party.

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