Working With Contractors Made Easy

This excellent and comprehensive article by Dave Hecker from SitePoint.com explains:

"One of the most challenging parts of growing an Internet business is the location, qualification, and engagement of contractors. Although contractors offer major advantages over full-time employees, finding them is at best a costly and time-consuming process...

In this article, we'll look at some of the core concepts that will allow you to get the most out of your contractors while fostering the long-term relationships that will put your business in a strong position from which to grow."

The article is broken into six parts and is well worth reading in full:

Part 1. Finding Candidates
Part 2. Qualification and Trial
Part 3. Managing Contractors
Part 4. Money and Payments
Part 5. Legal Agreements
Part 6. Working with Offshore Contractors