Middletown, OH asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Ohio

Q: Can I start a business. That hires another business to do the work?

Example if I have a window cleaning business. And I hire another company to do the actual work.

1 Lawyer Answer

A: Yes, this is commonly done in many businesses including web-development, construction, various service businesses, and software development. The only exception would be if you sign a contract with the customer stating you will do all the work or that you represent you "will not" subcontract the work to another company. In that situation you may be liable for breach of contract or misrepresentation, but interestingly enough, your client would have to prove damages. So, if they were not damaged by you outsourcing the work, their claim of breach of contract is meaningless if they suffered no damage and the work was properly done. Insurance and liability is another issue you will need to consider when hiring someone else to do work.

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