If you have a home based business, at some point you’ll probably need to partner or work with someone. Sometimes this “partnership” relationship might be temporary, as with the case of a joint venture. These types of partnerships tend to exist just for the duration of the project or job being done. Another kind of “temporary partnership” might be a contractor type arrangement where someone does some work for you. This type of relationship can be irregular but ongoing. They don’t do enough work to be a formal employee, but yet they perform a vital function. An example of this might be a book-keeper.
In these types of working relationships, don’t rely solely on verbal agreements and other things you’ve discussed. Get your working relationship parameters in writing. The best way to do this is with a written agreement signed by both parties. In the case of the contractor for example, you might have an agreement that details the type of work the contractor will (and will not) do. Document as many aspects of the arrangement as you can beside just the obvious ones. For example, what will happen when the contractor does not perform as expected and what action will be taken at that point? What kinds of things will constitute reimbursable costs? How will changes to workload be handled?
Sometimes it’s hard to think of everything and that’s where a good pre-made contractor agreement comes in handy. You can find these online and you don’t even need to go further than this site. AllBusiness has an entire section of their website devote to forms. Here is a link to their Contractor Form page.
Even though your working relationships with these people may be part-time or temporary, it benefits everyone involved to get all those details on the table in writing.