Has a client asked you to sign a non-compete agreement?  This can leave you feeling confused and unsure of whether or not to take on the client.


Today, I will dig into what a non-compete agreement is, what red flags to look out for, and how you can negotiate the agreement and move forward (or not) with your prospective client.


Here are some things we covered in this episode:

  • What is a non-compete agreement and when is it used?
  • Should I sign a non-compete agreement?
  • What should I look for?
  • Should I get an attorney to look at the agreement?
  • Will it hold up in court?
  • Do I have to sign the non-compete to work with the client?
  • How to negotiate the agreement
  • How a non-compete differs from a non-disclosure agreement
  • How a non-compete benefits your client
  • Red flags to look out for to know when companies are taking advantage of non-competes
  • Check out episode 94 for more information: https://betterbizacademy.com/podcast/contracts-101-for-freelancers-with-mariam-tsaturyan-ep094/
  • Laura’s Quote of the Week: “Know your rights…don’t forget your right to read through it, to attempt to negotiate it, and to simply refuse to sign one”.

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