Hurst, TX asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and International Law for Texas

Q: Can I hire international contractors for video content creation for my online only business?

I want to start an online yoga studio that provides live classes and video library of the recorded live classes. For this, I plan on working with yoga teachers from around the world.

My question is, can I form my business as an LLC and hire them as independent contractors to provide me with video content (conduct live classes and/or provide recording). Is such business structure even possible?

An example company structure/website: https://omstars.com/

1 Lawyer Answer
Jane Kim
Jane Kim
Answered
  • International Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: Yes.

A business can tap into sub-contractors' labor and may solely rely on sub-contractors. It signifies that you do not have much control over their work. A good overview of what factors would be considered an independent contractor v. employee can be found here- https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/understanding-employee-vs-contractor-designation

As for one off projects or projects on the intermittent basis, you hire such labor as subcontractors and pay them per project. Such work relationships do not usually cross the line into the employee category.

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