This guide explains how independent contractors can sign up to Deel and create contracts in a few simple steps!
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Create an Account
✅ Step 1 – Sign Up
Click the Log In link from the Deel wesbite and then click Sign Up
✅ Step 2 – Choose Account Type
Select the I'm A Contractor tab and click Next
✅ Step 3 – Fill out contact information
Fill in your personal information and click Create Your Deel Account.
✅ Step 4 – Determine contractor status
You will need to identify what kind of contractor you are - if you are an individual and your personal information is used for invoices ; or if you are set up via an entity.
Some jurisdictions may require additional information or registration to operate as an entity.
If you sign up as an entity you will be asked to provide additional information.
✅ Step 5 - Enter personal details
To complete the sign-up process, we need a few personal details for your profile.
Once you’ve completed this section, click Complete Profile.
✅ Step 6 - Set up two factor authentication
We require two factor authentication when logging into your account.
Click Set Up Now to get started.
We strongly recommend setting up your 2FA with an authenticator app.
Authenticator apps are the most secure way to manage account access and prevent the risk of unauthorized users logging into your account.
From your smartphone, you can download on the App Store or Google Play an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, Authy, or Microsoft Authenticator.
For a detailed walkthrough and Frequently Asked Questions about 2FA, please see: Two Factor Authentication (2FA) For Your Deel Account
What if I accidentally created the wrong account type?
If you created a client profile accidentally, you will need to go through the sign up process again and select I'm A Contractor.
Contractors can create a client profile but will need to use an organization email, not a personal one.
Adding an optional second (backup) email
To enhance account security and prevent lockouts, we've introduced an optional backup email feature. This secondary email is primarily for receiving One-Time Passwords (OTPs) and assisting with password resets. This feature is particularly relevant for users with work email addresses, which may become inaccessible after employment ends.
- To ensure seamless communication, first confirm your primary email address. This step is crucial for establishing their main point of contact.
- Once the primary email is verified, you have the option to add a backup email address. This additional email serves as a secondary line of communication, providing an alternative means to receive important updates and notifications.
- After adding this backup email, verify it in a process that is similar to that of the primary email. Ensure the backup email is successfully linked to your account and fully operational for receiving communications.
Verifying your account
You will need to verify your identity in order to withdraw money from Deel.
This is because Deel works directly with banks and a variety of popular payment providers, and we want to ensure your protection and reduce risk.
We request that you take and submit a selfie and a photo of your government-issued ID.
Signing your contract
Your client may have already sent you a Deel contract to sign. Please review the details and sign it with your digital signature.
You may also create a contract yourself and send it to your client to sign.
In order to activate a contract, both the client and the contractor must sign. If only one party signs, the contract will remain inactive until the other party signs it.
Deel offers three contract types: Fixed, Pay As You Go, and Milestone.
- Fixed - you get paid in regular payment cycles
- Pay As You Go - You are paid at a variable rate depending on factors like 'hours worked' or 'tasks.'
- Milestone - You are paid a predetermined amount when you reach milestones along a project timeline.
You can learn more about the invoicing process for each contract type here
If your client created the contract and sent it to you
You will receive an email invitation to sign the contract.
Click the Review & Sign link in the email, and digitally sign the contract on the Deel app.
When clients create contracts, they can request that you submit compliance documentation according to their country's regulations. Each contractor will be notified about the request and asked to upload the documents.
We strongly encourage you to upload compliance documents as soon as possible, to ensure that you are meeting local laws and standards.
If you created the contract and sent it to your client
After you create the contract you will need to send it to your client for signature.
Enter your client's email and an optional message, and your client will receive an email with a link to sign.