I work for a dog company. she gave me the impression that I was hired as her employee. Their was no paperwork that was given to me and I didn't sign anything. From the beginning she's treated me as her employee. I was trained, given a schedule, she picked the clients, and told me what needed to be done, how and when. She made it clear that only she can find clients. If we want to take days off, we have to submit a request. She can deny or accept it. Which she has actually denied my time off for Christmas. Came end of the year and I received a 1099. I was surprised because I didn't feel like I was an IC. Recently an old client of hers contacted me asking if I could watch her dog because she couldn't afford my bosses prices. I said yes and My boss fired me for, what she considered, poaching.