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If you follow instructions about when, where, and how to work, then you are ordinarily considered an employee. Instructions on how to do your job can be provided verbally or in written format (e.g., manuals and written procedures). Even if your employer does not give you specific instructions because you are a good worker and can be trusted, he or she only needs the right to instruct you.