Independent Contractor Agreement

If you offer services as an independent contractor (or you hire someone to fill that role in your own business!), this contract template can help protects your rights and clearly defines the scope of your work including when you will get paid, who owns the content that you create, and what happens when it's time to end the partnership.

Note: if you are not sure if a hire should be a contractor or an employee, please talk to a lawyer. This template is only a guide for the agreement and does not offer any guidance on when hiring a contractor is appropriate.

State laws vary considerably regarding contractor classification, so please talk to your lawyer for confirmation. 

This Purchase Includes: 

  • A legal template in a Word Doc
  • Detailed instructions for customization of your template
  • Lifetime usage of the document
  • Access to any updates we make to the Independent Contractor Agreement template in the future

The Legal Template Includes: 

  • A Scope of Work to define the services
  • Policies to help create boundaries and better client relationships
  • Information on compensation and payments, including payment plan options
  • How to terminate the agreement early
  • The use of subcontractors
  • Confidentiality
  • Intellectual property usage 
  • Use of generative artificial intelligence tools
  • Testimonial use permission
  • Disclaimer regarding performance guarantees
  • Other legal clauses to help ensure you have everything you need


When you purchase the Independent Contractor Agreement, you also receive access to the following bonuses at no additional cost to you: 

  • Businessese Contract Library -We’ve made it easier than ever to manage your Agreement. The Library contains 40+ different topics related to contracts. We provide definitions so you know exactly what things mean, along with tips for navigating the various provisions. The best part? We’re also giving you swipe copy so you can make updates to your Independent Contractor Agreement with ease. (Value $350)
  • Businessese Contract Toolbox -The Toolbox gives you more information on working with your new Independent Contractor Agreement template. We’ve also included information on contract amendments, along with our amendment template. We’ve also given you access to our Contract Guides, which cover topics like how to address artificial intelligence in your contracts to common contract mistakes. If you’ve ever wanted to “pick our brain” on contract best practices, this is where to do it! (Value: $100)

Who Needs the Independent Contractor Agreement? 

This contract is for a business hiring an independent contractor. If you are a contractor looking for a client agreement, you may also want to check out our client agreements, which may have more specialized options, depending on your business. That said, it can absolutely be used by a contractor with a client too. 

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You will have lifetime usage of the template. Once you download it, you can use it as many times as you want for YOUR business, in accordance with our product license.

YES! We don’t expect you to be a legal expert, so when the law changes or we make an update to the template, we will send you a notification that there has been an update.

You will receive the template in a word doc format, which you can open as a google doc or in another word processing program, if needed.

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