Help with becoming an Independent Contractor
An ob/gyn office has been trying to actively recruit my wife to work there for the last 6 months. She's finally gotten fed up with her current job and is thinking of switching. She knows some of the doctors there already and everything seems on the up-and-up, the only problem is that they want her to join as an independent contractor. We're both unfamiliar with IC work, and want to make sure we have a fuller picture before we agree to anything. So far they've told us that she won't be getting a 401k through them, or health benefits. We're on my company's health plan anyway, and we can roll her 401k into an account through another provider, so those don't seem like huge issues.
They are going to pay her per patient, which seemed a little iffy, but we checked with two people who work there and they say that the work is steady.
Is there anything else we should be aware of? Any tax concerns or other "gotchas" we might be missing? It seems like a really good opportunity for her, but we don't want any negative surprises 3 months down the road.
Thank you for your help.