A security guard is an individual employed by a privately hired party to safeguard the employing individual’s assets against a number of potential risks by enforcing precautionary measures. These measures can involve the use of physical barriers, observation of suspicious activities and behavior, surveillance, and so on. Security guards often work in high risk environments and can potentially be subject to hostile or hazardous circumstances. This may include the theft of property, damage to the individual’s personal safety, and injury from an assault or other type of dangerous activity. It is therefore important for employees of security guards to know the important things you need to know about working as an independent contractor.