If the services you perform are made available to the general public, you are usually considered an independent contractor. Services are made available to the general public by independent contractors in a variety of ways:
They may have their own office and assistants;
They may hang out a “shingle” in front of their home or office;
They may hold business licenses;
They may be listed in business directories;
They may maintain business listings in telephone directories; or
They may advertise in newspapers, trade journals, magazines, etc.