A Contractor generally works for client or dealer at a time on an exclusive basis project get through a recruitment or placement firm. They are essentially a temporary employee and usually expected to keep a certain office or workplace from hours to several days. The projects handled by a Contractor tend to be longer term, typically 3-12 months or more. Often, short term projects or contracts are also undertaken by them. Contractors are hourly paid from the sponsoring company or client who is providing some benefits & employment taxes too.
Whereas, an Independent Contractor provides goods or services to an another entity under terms which are specified in a contract or within a verbal agreement between the client and contractor. Unlike an employee, an Independent contractor does not work permanently for a client or project rather works as and when required for stipulated time.
A Contractor may has a project of construction, building architecture, material provider for government project, software companies, shipping or packing etc. For Home Construction or Renovation projects, Contractor is responsible for the overall coordination of that project. A House Contractor looks out for the whole work including raw material, labour, detailed study of location, measurements and the budget to repair and remodel of house.
Freelancers generally work for multiple clients simultaneously and find their freelancing job work by their own. Today, a number of freelancing websites and portals are available which help to find the correct pair of a freelancer and client online. Freelancers have a short term relationship with the client & companies, which are responsible for their taxes including employment taxes and benefits. Most projects are short term and mostly given & discussed on call basis communication. Some Freelance jobs are done on site and for some Freelancing projects they work from their own location and only visit the client office as needed. Freelancers deal mainly in writing, editing, designing, journalism, guiding, publishing, coding, data analyzing, music etc. to provide online freelancing jobs or project for short term, Freelancer consultants are also available.
Contractors and Freelancers are can be contacted through their own websites or through any other consulting site which provides a list of tasks & projects for Contractors or Freelancers, also for clients who make their task completion by their own terms and condition.