Who is an independent contractor?

The IRS defines an independent contractor as a worker who is in business for him or herself. As a general rule, when an independent operator is hired, the payer only has the right to control or direct only the result of the work done and not the means and methods of accomplishing the result. A transportation company that hires independent contractors as chauffeurs cannot enforce: chauffeur policies, a dress code, schedules, training, cannot require meeting attendance, and cannot discipline if problems arise. Using an independent contractor network is in essence using a broker or consolidator that employs hundreds of separate companies. The biggest problems companies face with independent contractor’s are scheduling conflicts and inability to discipline if issues arise. Vincent Limousine does not employ the independent contractor model.