ASK SARAH #8: Side Hustles, Personal Branding, Exercise After Pregnancy
Should you start a business on the side while you’re employed full-time? What are the risks and complications—and are you obligated to let your employer know?
This is a tricky question, and a lot depends state to state. I dig into the things you should know about corporate contracts, employment agreements, inventions and assignments agreements, and why getting a lawyer to look at your contracts is a really smart investment (and shouldn’t cost you more than a few hundred dollars).
Today’s episode of Ask Sarah is a hodgepodge of questions, and the questions I’m covering today include:
- Is there ever a strategy or strategies to keep a business clandestine before launch? As an example, I am currently employed by a large corporation, and would also want to reach out to potential clients.
- Do you keep your personal writing separate from Startup Pregnant as business entities? When have you observed good decisions or regrettable situations on different streams of income (writing books versus consulting, as an example)?
- What are some ways you’ve seen people make great decisions about investing in different streams of income, and watch failures have you seen? Any advice for a newbie?
- How did you get back into exercise after you had a baby and what was it like?
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