(Closed) Quietly launching a side biz, and my boss just invited herself to the launch!

posted 4 years ago in Career
  • poll: How would you negotiate the sticky little situation described in my message??
    Just do the talk, but without giving out the brochures/cards - save the "launch" for the next event : (5 votes)
    24 %
    Talk to her privately a few days before so she's not surprised, and tell her about my side business : (14 votes)
    67 %
    Somehow tell the team in the next meeting that I'd actually prefer that they didn't come... : (0 votes)
    Something else??? : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    7291 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would first go through any employment contracts I signed when I took this job, and any HR policies, as you might be contractually prevented from running this side business!

    Post # 4
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Horseradish:  My initial reaction as well.

    Post # 5
    46455 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @vagabondette:  Are you making this presentation on your emoloyer’s time? or after work?

    You said your director marked herself as busy on her calendar, so it worries me that it might be on the employer’s time.

    Post # 6
    1797 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Unless there’s something in your contract stating otherwise I am assuming that you are legally able to hold this side job. Just be honest with your boss. As long as you are still giving your 100% at work, and you’re not using company time to work on your side business I don’t see why it would be a problem. She will probably just be happy to see that you are using the company paid for training!

    Post # 7
    2881 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    If they know about your side hustle, be prepared that you might need to make a change sooner rather than later.

    Post # 8
    5959 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Umm…did you double check your employment agreement/company policy about side businesses?  They could have a legitimate claim to say that you can’t run one while you work full-time for them, espeically one that directly relates to what you do for them/the training they paid for.

    If you really want to do this, I suggest you come clean.  But you have to be prepared to either have them insist you shut it down if you want to keep your job/terminate you.

    Post # 13
    517 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Hmm I don’t know what it says in your employment contract or how it is in the US but my brother had a side business and when his boss found out he got all of his work possesions (car/phone/computer/etc) immediately confiscated and he was escorted of the property!

    Don’t quote me on this but I’m pretty sure that here in NZ you can’t have a side business that will essentially be stealing your current employers clients.

    Post # 15
    1141 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    If my company paid for me to have a specific certification and I ran a side business (competition) that would take away from/infringe upon their potential income, I would find myself on the street and paying back the certification costs. 

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