It says "No Side Business" in my employee handbook, but...
November 29,2022 at 9:30PM UTC
I want to be prepared in the coming months where we will discuss raises. I did not get a raise last year, and with the cost of services/goods increasing, I need more money to support my family (and currently expecting a second in the spring). In the event I don't get a raise when I ask for one (I truly believe I work hard and deserve one), I would like to look into freelancing / side gigs. In my employee handbook, however, it says "no side business". This means I could be terminated if my manager found out. How would you handle this? I know I should probably wait until that bridge is crossed but I want to be prepared for what could lie ahead considering my family's needs. I've also already been interviewing for new jobs but getting many rejections. Thank you for reading and appreciate any input.
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Word to the Wise- if you are freelancing or a contractor, get a RETAINER= money UPFRONT.
I was just BURNED out of a full month of full-time work, by an unscrupulous CEO who paid his own travel costs ahead of contractors, and the company is now out of cash and going into receivership- bankruptcy. A full MONTHS' pay for me, that I WORKED, will NOT be paid.
As a contractor, there is no EDD, no Labor Board and no attorney to help. I am a 'general creditor' along with every other vendor in their accounts payable, and will be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar in 6 months.
Get a RETAINER, people! It's a month's pay for your contractor work, BEFORE you begin, and is held by you until the final month of work is done. You still send bills to the company and client each month, or every 2 weeks, but that retainer money is in YOUR bank account in case the client company pulls a fast one on you.
Don't let what happened to me, happen to you!
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