When you decide to hire a house cleaner there are several options open to you. You can hire someone directly and be the employer or you can hire a company that employees the house cleaner and become the client.
If you decide to hire a company it can be a simple matter of opening the yellow pages and letting your fingers do the walking. If on the other hand you want to hire someone directly it can be harder to know where to start.
One tried and proven method is to find a house cleaner from a consumer based web site that will have both the positive and negative reviews posted about a business by other consumers. This is a great way to find someone who has been highly rated and recommended which makes the hiring process faster and easier so all you have to worry about are the technical details. Visit this is hiring a cleaner a frugal decision.
If you choose to hire someone directly and become the employer there are some factors that you need to be aware of course. First off you are the boss now and as such you need to be responsible for hiring someone legally. It may be tempting to just let them handle their own taxes and not even ask for proof they can legally work in the United States but if you get caught bending the law it won’t be worth the trouble you save now.
Paying someone under the table won’t save you any money and will just be helping someone who is avoiding their tax responsibilities or possibly avoiding paying child support. Keeping it legal not only protects you down the road but it also is in their best interest. By having it all above board the person can get unemployment later on if they need it and can have their social security benefits built up if they ever get disabled or can’t work any longer.
Anyone you hire legally should have a valid driver’s license or state issued identification card and a social security card which is proof of their legal right to work. You can get the IRS publication 926 that will give you the ins and outs of hiring one legally and tell you what forms you need to fill out.
Make sure you check with your home owner’s insurance agent to make sure anyone who is working for you and gets injured or hurt in your home will be covered on your policy. In the unlikely event the house cleaner hurts her back moving the fridge to clean under it and is put out of work you don’t want to be in the position to be sued for the medical and out of pocket bills as a result.