Question:

Are freelance writers independent contractors?

15 October, 2021 Eugene Mongold 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: CHRISTEEN MCNAUGHT
    21 October, 2021

    Freelance writers are independent contractors. There are lots of types of freelance writing, but in general, most freelancers will be expected to meet tight deadlines for specific briefs at very competitive rates, with no obligation to work on any other initiative. They'll also need to provide an advance deposit before taking on assignments. On the right coattails (ie the right person), it is possible that they can transform into fully employed journalist or writer in one particular brand/publisher. However, this experience is hard fought and rare; more common is that freelance writers do not achieve full-time employment with any organisation until much later in their careers.

  • AUTHOR: RICHARD HASLETT
    21 October, 2021

    No, freelance writers are not independent contractors. Freelance writers are in fact employees of the company for which they're working, thus their income is based off of what work they do for that company. They are given assignments by their employer and receive monetary compensation once the assignment has been completed. Essentially freelance writers are paid here and there to partake in tasks assigned by their employer- this pays better than being an independent contractor because it guarantees payment for completed tasks. But this isn't the only perk to being a freelancer-- they also have more freedom in determining how much work to take on at one time depending on what positions or type of positions they prefer to pursue.

  • AUTHOR: MARQUIS COBY
    21 October, 2021

    Independent contractors are responsible for ensuring that they comply with a variety of federal and state requirements. You may also need to register your work as a business, provide workers' compensation, and often need liability insurance. It is important to make sure you know the laws surrounding these issues in your jurisdiction before going out on your own as an independent contractor. Question: Should I give up my day job? Do you have any savings?

  • AUTHOR: BRANDON ROBERIE
    21 October, 2021

    Yes, freelance writers are independent contractors. Freelance writers are independent contractors because they create their own jobs to earn an income. Freelance writers do this by pitching article ideas, or other types of work(such as ghostwriting for companies). They promote themselves to prospective clients and may also take on clients who contact them directly (without contacting the company first). Freelance writing is typically done through agencies but could also be direct between writer and client. Agencies handle the payment process; whereas, direct means that an individual becomes responsible for billing and collecting payments from the client.

  • AUTHOR: JONATHAN DAMRON
    21 October, 2021

    Yes, freelance writers are considered independent contractors. A professional writer is usually given money up front for their time and effort, which means they are an independent contractor. Some people will say you're not paying your fair share of taxes if you hire someone to do a job for you. However, the IRS under Section 530 seems to agree that all income used for business purposes is subject to self-employment taxes and must be reported on Schedule C along with whatever other taxes apply including personal income tax and employment taxes such as Social Security and Medicare contributions. When hiring freelancers who work outsource the United States, the rules apply in exactly the same way so all forms can be filled out correctly and submitted at year end.

  • AUTHOR: BONG KLEMP
    21 October, 2021

    Some freelance writers are independent contractors in the sense that they set their own work hours and deliver content to their clients in their own style. Freelance writers with staff jobs have an assigned schedule, produce copy that follows a company's style rules, and must ask for permission or seek approval before taking on any projects outside of what they are assigned. The distinction here is important given the different tax implications of being drafted as an independent contractor vs. full-time worker at a job with benefits.