Be sure to agree terms and conditions of business before work on a consultancy basis starts. This agreement includes options for the services, fees, expenses, payment terms, cancellations, insurances, confidentiality, intellectual property rights and notice to terminate.
Terms which are agreeable for both parties need to be agreed in writing.
For example, if a client cancels a workshop the working day before it was due to take place, what about the effect on the Consultant? would the Client be happy if the Consultant did the same and cancelled a booking last minute?
The best way to establish the services, what is and is not included, any cancellation terms, whether a substitute consultant can be provided, agreement to confidentiality, payment rates, dates and terms, the duration of the agreement, and notice of termination required, is in a Consultancy Agreement.
A contract of self-employment, is a contract for services, whereas a contract of employment, is a contract of service.
It is highly important that organisations using self-employed consultants maintain their position on the employee status of the individuals engaged to provide services, as self-employed consultants under a contract for services, responsible for their own income tax and business insurance.