Currently, I’m a full time web developer for a software company. I am in the process of researching ways like many here to leverage my coding skills to go it alone and build my own business. So just go do it right? Well not so fast. It’s not for lack of ideas or motivation or fear of taking that first step.
Turns out I signed a handbook agreement with my current employer and in it, it says I must disclose any outside business to my employer. It says I must notify my manager in order to allow them to “determine whether such employment is a conflict of interest.”
To be clear, my intention is not to build a business in the same space (a competitor) nor is it to poach customers aware from my existing company. I simply want to get started in a small unrelated niche space.
My thoughts are to create a blog or a mailing list to gain traction and see if there is an audience that would even entertain my idea. My motivation would not be for financial gain thereby not violating the agreement with an outside business per se. But building a mailing list and getting actual paying customers are two separate things.
Has anyone else out there been in a similar predicament? Is there anything that can be done to prove my business model would work before quitting my day job?