There is a low barrier of entry into the cleaning business which invites many “Independent Contractors” to set up shop and offer cheaper hourly rates. They rarely have systematic cleaning processes in place or quality control which means you have to take the time to manage their work. They generally are not bonded and insured which means you carry ALL of the risk if they were to get injured on the job, destroy any of your valuables or experience theft. Despite their claim that they are an “Independent Contractor” the IRS almost never agrees which could leave you liable to pay federal payroll taxes and provide proof that you are following applicable labor laws. What may seem like savings upon first glance could end up costing you substantially.