Freelancer/ Independent Contractor

Guide to Laws for Freelancers in the San Francisco Bay area


Most laws related to freelancers and independent contractors are made at the state and federal level. See our Guide to Freelancer Law in California and our Guide to Freelancer Law in the U.S.

One local issue for freelancers is the San Francisco business license.


  • See our Freelancer Resources
  • To protect your rights as a freelancer, you should get a good contract drafted by a lawyer to spell out exactly what the terms are when a client hires you.
  • It may also be a good idea to form an LLC or corporation to protect your assets and possibly save on taxes.
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  • You may also want to find a good local small business lawyer.

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