All of that said, some people have been approaching me with temporary work, part-time work, or one-time work. If I wanted to do something like that, how would I go about doing it? I have no idea, I've always just worked for an employer, signed the paperwork they gave me, and then they just start sending me paychecks and stuff.
So I'm asking the internet, because the internet knows everything. If I wanted to be an independent consultant, even temporarily, what would I do? Do I need to apply for some sort of business status? Like if somebody says "we want to pay you for a week's worth of work", do I need to provide them with a special number or form or something to get paid? To deal with taxes at the end of the year?
I know there is something called an LLC, which I think protects me as an individual from debt or litigation incurred by my business, but I don't know if it's necessary. Do I want something like that for short-term work? Do I want something else?
Also if I find a company that offers a "contract for hire" position, I guess I'd need to turn myself into an independent contractor for awhile. This seems more complex than "here's some part-time work". Would this work the same as the above paragraph? Differently?
Anybody who feels like sharing their wisdom and experience, particularly how it works in Michigan, I'd be greatly appreciative.