I have a non-compete that I feel is holding me back. I’d like to explore my options with other companies but my value and interest are with my industry. How have your other clients gotten around non-competes in the past?
I am certainly not a business attorney, but can tell you that there are many ethical ways around non-competes. A non-compete should never prohibit you from earning a living, and in fact the main reason judges kick them out as non-enforceable is when they are too restrictive.
The primary reason for non-competes is to keep you from poaching your former employer’s customer base. You should certainly be able to continue working within the same industry that you are accustomed.
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