The question of whether to hire a full-time employee or an independent contractor isn't as simple as you might think. Over the past few years, states have found reason to crack down on companies that have misclassified employees. So, in order to avoid possible penalties down the line, it's important to make sure you have the right kind of hire from the start.

This infographic by payroll service company ZenPayroll depicts a flowchart to help you decide between the two.

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