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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:50 AM
Replies To: Moonlighting
Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:17 AM
As far as I can remember, moonlighting is not restricted in my company, but it just has to comply with our non-compete statutes.
Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:19 AM
Most customers like it that I work after hours. They're just getting off work. Come home. Their kid downloaded some crap and now popups are everywhere. I'll drop by, clean it, profit, and get back home to dinner.
Otherwise, I have a promise on the service sheet that I'll fix your computer in 3 business days or less. I'll pick up there crashed PC, work on it when I can after my 9-5, and get it back to them.
Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:24 AM
Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:24 AM
Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:48 AM
Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:18 PM
I didn't sign any kind of contract for my main job that said I couldn't moonlight.
I didn't tell my boss that I had a second job...he actually found out about when I joined LinkedIn. Not that I was trying to hide it or anything. I didn't see a need in telling them what I do on my own time.
I great part about my second job is that the owner simply contacts me when he has work. I do nothing with his customers. I have done 4 projects for him and have never spoken to a customer. I don't court customers for either of my jobs, so I have no conflict of interest.
Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:36 PM
I have a few personal clients that I work with weeknights and weekends, on the verge of bringing in between 50% and 100% of my normal wage consistantly through private clients alone.
I am also using nights im not working for personal clients to develop my other business, providing websites for a particular market on a subscription basis, no revenue thus far but should be launching around jan/feb 2011.
I juggle this with the help of my Girlfriend, she teaches english online through skype to students coming to englad for uni (maybe i should get some lessons from her). She handles 90% of my admin work, invoicing, email, phone and is the primary point of contact for my clients. She is physically disabled and is unable to hold down a fulltime job so she works from home doing a few hours a day through skype and earns a respectable wage through it.
I guess we are just lucky in some respect that our personal businesses fit together quite well since she provides a professional edge to my business and I provide her with all the marketing and web resources she needs.
My goal is to have my newest venture support me and her with wages so we can concetraight on our individual businesses.
Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:54 PM
To a certain extent we are encouraged to take on other projects (so long as they don't interfere with our primary job which is a 9-5 but often require more than 40hrs per week). For example we are encouraged to participate in open source development, to have blogs, to write/publish etc. I even know one musician who still does the whole "gig" thing and dreams of making it big.
Some of the other developers I have met do some of the strangest things. One is a bar tender, one works in wine (I think he leases a portion of a vineyard and produces his own wines), I know several "blogger" who also get paid to write articles now and again.
I often dream of doing something meaningful with my "extra time" but I really don't seem to have much of that and what I do have I tend to spend on DreamInCode... perhaps if I were to drop this site I could find more productive uses of my time...
Posted 26 August 2010 - 01:46 AM
After the eeepc's came out, I have this growing fear that in the next 5 years computer & possibly laptops will disappear altogether. Cell phones are becoming more & more powerful & it's only a mater of time, in my opinion, before they become portable computers that either connect to a backup processor (like a glorified dumb terminal) or replace laptops & notebooks/netbooks altogether. DVD/CDrom drives will be the next item phased out as USB thumbdrives continue to become larger & USB 3.0 will increase in speed.
The computer repair business will become the next television/VCR repair shop. Some old guy talking about the good old days, spring loaded keyboards, & AT power supplies.