Treating 1099 Contractors as W-2 Employees

Today’s guest is here to talk about the change in how to treat 1099 contractors just like your regular employees. Russell Farbiarz is the Partner at Antanavage Farbiarz PLLC. He sees the importance of building a good culture in your firm and has found a unique way to do so. Russell joins host Molly McGrath to talk about how people can treat their contracted employees just like the other employees that come in every day.


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Quote of the Show:

6:48 “In terms of building a team and building a team culture, I have found it to be incredibly important to bring those 10 99 into that culture and integrate them into the company or the firm that we’re creating.”



  • With 1099 employees, you don’t impose a schedule on them so you want to find times that work for them for a 1-1.
  • You want to have weekly one-on-one meetings with your employees to evaluate where they are at and get everyone on the same page.
  • When it comes to building a culture in your firm, you want to bring those 1099 employees into that as well.
  • If you give your employees undivided attention and pour positive feedback into them, they will rise to any occasion and go above and beyond.
  • In this labor market, it’s easier to work with people than to try to replace people. Invest into the employees and contractors you already have.
  • With virtual contractors, there needs to be a lot of communication and make sure that they are aware of the work that needs to be done.
  • You don’t have to hire a full-time virtual assistant, you can change their hours depending on how much work there is for them to do.


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