Q & A – Should I provide office space or equipment to an independent contractor?

Q:  Should I provide office space or equipment to an independent contractor?

A: Independent contractors should have their own businesses and should not receive training, tools, or equipment from the businesses they work for.  Providing office space is seen as providing equipment, which often indicates the worker should be classified as an employee.  Although this factor alone is not enough to make a worker an employee, businesses are advised to require independent contractors to supply their own office space and equipment.