Working as an independent contractor is an option for Board Certified ABA providers, only. Per federal regulations, RBT’s, student behavior technicians and behavior technicians must work as an employee, as they require supervision to conduct their job responsibilities.
Flexible Schedules & Responsibilities
- Working as an independent contractor (IC) means you are not an employee of the organization. IC’s are professionals who have the qualifications and trainings necessary to provide services on behalf of an organization of their choice, on an as-needed basis.
- IC’s primary obligations to the organization are to provide services that are in line with the organization’s practice guidelines, missions and values. IC’s have the flexibility to work within their personal availability, to be as involved they wish with additional organizational functions, and to contract their services with any organization they choose.
- IC’s weekly/monthly hours are dependent on the number of cases they agree to take on with the organization(s), and is reliant on the amount of work opportunities the organization(s) have to offer. More simply stated, the amount of hours IC’s work is not guaranteed by any organization, and may fluctuate over time.
- Independent contractors do not receive standard benefits from the organization(s) they contract with, as is characteristic of employees. As a result, IC’s typically receive higher hourly compensation, pay their own taxes, and manage their own benefits. This includes, but is not limited to, planning for vacations and time off, developing savings and retirement plans, and choosing personal health insurance plans.
- IC’s have a very large range of compensation opportunities, as they have the ability to work as much, or as little as possible. When IC’s work, they get paid; when they do not work, they do not get paid. Therefore, sound financial management is critical for IC’s, as there is no guarantee of work or consistent compensation.