The Basics: Independent Contractors

We’ve used the term “independent contractor” a lot here at tilr, but what does it actually mean?

By: Cullen Lewis

Whether you just downloaded tilr and you are ready to start your first job or you are a business about to have your first tilr Community Member come to work, you should know what comes with being an independent contractor.  The perks to both becoming and bringing one on are great – there is a reason why almost half of the workforce are independent contractors! With these perks, there are responsibilities that come with being an independent contractor as well. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about being a part of the largest growing workforce the US.


Truly Independent Work

First things first, you are considered an independent contractor once you snag a gig through tilr. This means you are technically not an employee at the job you working at, but a worker hired on-demand to get a specific job done. As an independent contractor, you have the freedom to perform your job any way you deem appropriate. However, what is most important is that the job gets completed and the result is satisfactory to the business’s discretion.  


Another advantage of being an independent contractor with tilr is the ability to set your own schedule. This should come as obvious if you have used tilr before, but if you are new to this workforce, then get ready for the best part of being a tilr Community Member! Since you are not technically employed by anyone, you do not have a weekly schedule. You work around YOUR schedule, not an employer’s. That means if you want to make money and work 6 to 7 days a week then you can go for it. Or if you only want to work for a day or two then you can do that too. Opportunities on tilr can accommodate any schedule.


With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

There are so many great perks that come with being an independent contractor, but there are also some responsibilities that come with this status as well. As an independent contractor, you supply your own tools for the job. For example, if you are working outdoors, you may need to wear appropriate clothing for the weather.


From a business perspective…

Having an independent contractor working for you comes with many perks such as less hiring paperwork, no FICA taxes, and hiring around individual projects, which eliminates the need to create separate departments like IT or HR within your company.  


Independent contractors are quickly turning into the most popular and in-demand workforce in the United States. With tilr, our algorithm that matches based on skills has made the process simple and easy. We hope that this answered any questions you may have had about the independent contractor, so you can spend less time researching and more time getting to work!