Books to Start a Business
Work from Your Home Office
as an Independent Contractor
A Complete Guide to Getting Started
By: Chantelle Sauer
HOW THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU
Home offices are becoming an important part of the new business economy. People are making decisions to stay at home to raise their children or for many other personal reasons. How does one go about working from home? This excellent book will answer that question.
An independent contractor is someone who works from his or her home or home office. Generally, the independent contractor does not require technical licenses or professional certification to conduct business from his or her home. Examples are the self-employed, consultants, entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers and outsourcers. This book will also provide you with many other ideas as to how you can become an independent contractor.
There are many questions you must ask yourself before leaving a secure paycheque to work at home. It isn't all black and white as some may think. As you will see, it takes time and dedication to work and build your business from home. It is not just a privilege to be able to stay at home while others get out of bed and fight traffic to go to work.
Many stay-at-home parents who work from home also think it is a privilege to be able to take care of their children so they neglect to take the steps to ensure their legal rights as contractors. They neglect to negotiate their contract or get payment for what they are worth. Independent contracting, as you will see in this book, is the same as owning your own business. Your profits are your profits, and your losses are your losses. Remember, you will not be receiving a regular pay cheque, since you will not be a salaried employee of someone else's business.
Both the advantages and disadvantages of working from home are discussed in this book. You will learn what it means to be an independent contractor; what your legal obligations as a contractor are, and best of all, how to become a contractor.
Your business is not the only important thing to work on. Your home also needs maintaining, but how do you juggle both jobs? Organization is the key and as you will see, it is possible to organize your life by maintaining both your personal and business life successfully.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author, Chantelle Sauer, has spent four years as an independent contractor. She knows from first-hand experience how to get the work. She also knows how lucky she is to be able to stay at home with her children and still provide a second income for her family.
In this book, you will learn all the essentials you need to know on how to get started and how to succeed. Let Chantelle show you the way.
Definition of an Independent Contractor
Who Are Independent Contractors?
Advantages of Independent Contracting
Disadvantages of Independent Contracting
Chapter 1: Telecommuters
What Are Telecommuters?
Businesses Using Telecommuters
Chapter 2: Employees vs. Contractors
What is the Difference?
Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors or Employees
Chapter 3: Legalities of Independent Contracting
Permits, Licenses and Zoning
GST Number/Business Number
Type of Business
Who Needs WCB?
Chapter 4: Getting Down to Business
Where to Start
Your Business Image
Pay Rate of an Independent Contractor
The Extras that Count
Chapter 5: Working as Independent Contractors
Who Utilizes Independent Contractors?
Why Utilize Independent Contractors?
Working for Independent Contractors
Chapter 6: Staying Organized
Bookkeeping and Keeping Records
Organizing Your Computer Files
Task Lists & Schedules
Chapter 7: Professionally Speaking
Working with People
Chapter 8: Working from Home
Maintaining Your Home
How to Manage Stress
Working with Children at Home
Dressing the Part?
Keep Up the Proper Attitude
Work from Your Home as an Independent Contractor by Chantelle Sauer: 166 pages; softcover; ISBN 978-1-55270-077-8; published in 2001; Canadian $24.95.
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