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Independent Contractor

Self-employed person (consultant, architect, engineer) who provides certain services to the principal (client, owner), or to a third-party on behalf of the principal. Contractor is not under the control, guidance or influence of principal, unlike an employee, and does not owe a fiduciary duty. Principal does not deduct payroll taxes from payments, nor contributes the employer's share. Contractor must be free from control of principal, be able to exercise his/her judgment as to method to accomplish end-result, and be responsible for end-result under terms of contract.

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About Janet Sparks

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Janet Sparks is the former publisher of the Continental Franchise Review, an industry newsletter that covered the franchise community for over 30 years. She has also been a columnist for a leading franchise magazine for the past 13 years. Today she is an independent journalist who engages in investigative reporting, tackling complex issues that impact the franchise industry.

Janet can be reached at or at 303-799-7398.