August 31, 2007 4:19 PM EDT
Yep. You can hire an independent contractor while running a sole proprietorship (or an LLC taxed as a sole proprietorship). No need to incorporate or anything like that just to hire some help.
You`ll want to do a little research on how you can make sure your independent contractor help doesn`t end up being classified as an employee. This
FAQ on the IRS`s site is a good place to start.
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