As your business grows, you may need to bring on someone to help you. This might mean working with a virtual assistant for things like social media management or customer support, hiring a photographer for your Etsy shop or blog, or finding someone to help you fulfill orders for your Etsy shop. But before you begin looking for assistance, you need to figure out whether you’re hiring an employee or an independent contractor. It’s important to realize that these two terms (like most things in business) are defined by the IRS. In this post I’ll review the main rules so you can see which category you need to use.