Assistant and Independent Contractor? Yes, please!

People often say that your job is not what defines who you are and, yet, when you work with people, it does say something wonderful about you. Humble, patient, compassionate, flexible and astute are just a few of the most common traits used to define therapists and I agree. It takes a special kind of person to even consider the field so when I meet a therapist, I feel like I am meeting someone whom I would want to call my friend.

Sadly, these personality traits cannot protect us from burn-out and the patience that we have for our clients may be wearing thin when it comes to the work that we do. Productivity requirements, regulatory nightmares, and ever-changing management rules and regulations detract from the vision we had for our careers which is why so many therapists are now looking for a change not necessarily in “what” they do, but “how” they work.

If you are ready to make the leap or at least ready to think about it, here’s the answer to a question that we often hear at ITA.

Can Assistants Work As Independent Contractors?

I am happy to be the one to tell you, “yes” absolutely! If that’s all you need to know, you can stop reading here. If you want to understand why, read on.

The reason that assistants can work as independent contractors, start their own practice and pretty much do any work you dream of independently is because the laws that govern your work and your license are different. Supervision requirements apply whether the work is done by an employee, PRN employee or Independent Contractor. These rules are based on clinical practice guidelines and state practice acts. In contrast, the classification of an Independent Contractor is separately regulated and defined by the IRS and relates to how the worker is paid and the terms of how the work is performed. So… licensure defines supervision, but we can decide whether we meet those supervision requirements through employment, contract or freelance gigs.

And there you have it.


If you're not sure how to get started, reach out to the Team at ITA. We are working with hundreds of therapists across the United States to help make dreams of independence a reality. Let us know what we can do for you.