When there is short term work to be done or expert skills are needed for a finite period, using a contractor or subcontractor could be of benefit.
Contractors are not employees of the business but have a contract with the business to provide certain services. Subcontractors can undertake all or part of the work on behalf of contractors.
This guide explains the different roles of contractors and subcontractors, sets out how your business might benefit from using them and outlines your legal responsibilities towards contractors, subcontractors and the general public.
It also explains some of the potential disadvantages of using contractors and subcontractors.
Know your legal responsibilities
- Do you need a licence?
- Get the right business insurance
- Comply with the law when providing goods and services
- Know your customers' rights
- Distance and online selling rules
- Understand pricing legislation
- Buying goods from outside NI
- Selling goods outside NI
- Storing or using personal information
- Running your business from home
- Renting a business property
- Pay your business rates
- Understand staff contracts and your responsibilities
- Taking on contractors and subcontractors
- What you need to do about health and safety
- Know your legal obligations on pensions
Understand tax and VAT
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