The cleaning industry often sees a flood of “Independent Contractors” who offer lower hourly rates due to the ease of entry into the business. However, these contractors typically lack structured cleaning procedures and quality assurance, necessitating your oversight. Moreover, they often lack bonding and insurance, leaving you fully liable for any accidents, damages, or theft. Despite claiming independent contractor status, the IRS may disagree, potentially exposing you to federal payroll taxes and labor law compliance issues. What initially appears as savings may ultimately result in significant costs.