The pandemic has now lasted well over a year with the lockdown’s 1st anniversary this month in the UK. Many businesses have now moved out of their offices and into the homes of directors, internal staff and external service providers. Businesses are now, more than ever before, using self-employed service providers to carry out tasks that were once managed by internal staff. It’s just the way things are at the moment and most of us have shown resilience and adaptability.
Some service providers, although self-employed, work in their client’s office like regular employees. Officially these service providers or freelancers are not members of staff, even if they get the same treatment. Self-employed staff, whether based in the client’s office or in their own office, must sign a terms of service which must include a non-disclosure clause.
Self-employed people run their own business as much as any company/business owner. They may provide services for one or several clients without an employment contract. Self-employed service providers definitely need to stipulate the standards of their business in their own terms of service. If you’re self-employed, you should provide your clients with your own business terms of service. That is how your clients will see how you work and how you expect them to treat you.
If you’re self-employed or a freelancer, we highly recommend that you contact a lawyer or solicitor and discuss a terms of service document to be handed to your clients. Whilst as an employee you are bound by a contract, when you’re self-employed, you are a business serving another business. With your own business terms of service, you look a great deal more professional and responsible. Your clients will be more inclined to trust your expertise and commitment.
If you’d like to have an informal free consultation with our business lawyer, please give us a call. By Sandra Garcao
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