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Hey qbners. I know many of you work from home or with very little oversight like me. Anyone ever been working a part-time job secretly in addition to your regular job? I'm about to move jobs again and thinking about telling my major employer that I've had another little thing on the side. Then again, it could be better just to never tell them about it and move on w/ no eyebrows raised (nor furrowed).
I'm on good terms w/ my major employer, and my boss likes me, but I don't know how she would react to find out I had a little something else going on the whole time I've been working for them.
be careful not to be working for the competition you might have signed something that says you cant
absolutely keep it to yourself.
as long as it's not a conflict, what you do on your own time is your own business.
Keep it to yourself.
"...working a part-time job secretly" isn't really a thing is it? I mean you likely have a LinkedIn or other online presence that Google will point out to 'everyone' that reveals the deets about you and the professional services you have provided and continue to provide during your career.
As Maddie Hayes indicated above, so long as it doesn't present a conflict of interest with your 9-to-5 then what is there to be weird about? It's your career. What you do outside of work surely adds to your skillset and can be brought in an applied to them at basically no cost.
If you already have a contract that says 'no way' to outside work of any kind, that's another matter. If you don't, and your employer says 'hey man, no working on other stuff' then rework your contract to include a set amount extra to compensate for that, like $150-800kish maybe. And a boat.
Yeah and like others have said, just keep it quiet. No need to bring it up and maybe create an awkward situation.
Like gram-grams would say, 'no need to borrow trouble.'
Sweet. Yeah there's definitely no conflict of interest. And my performance in both jobs has been excellent. So there's really nothing for my main job to complain about.
I do however feel like I'm slightly betraying my boss, with whom I'm on good terms with, just because I'm keeping this secret. But what she doesn't know won't hurt her.
Thanks for the input guys!
Did your original job ask you to sign a form saying something like "all creative work you do is theirs" .. if not, you're fine as long as it's on your own hours and not a conflict/competitor....
Many jobs these days make you sign a non-compete that basically says that they own any creative ideas you come up with outside of the job. That always seemed crazy to me.
What is to be gained from telling your boss this information?
I've been in a situation where the secrecy ended up being more of an issue than the side work. I think it depends on the individuals involved and your diplomacy skills...
It's nice up here on the fence.