Anyone doing side-project for little side income along with full-time (and is it allowed)?

Amazon KLxs52
Aug 19, 2017 11 Comments

So, working as a Sys Dev or SDE or network engineer at Amazon, are there any employer-employee restrictions if I wanted to startup a side business (SaaS, app based or website or just a game)?

p.s: yes, I work for Amazon and complete my duty of working 40+ hrs every week and deliver all projects on time, so this side work is completely a weekends/weeknights side-project.

Anyone, doing it already? Also, anyone doing it on someone else name (like your spouse, so that there is no paper trail 😉)

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  • Amazon / Eng jonn
    Yes. I have an app that makes several thousand a year. Stop being so paranoid. Amazon has 200k employees. No one cares that much about you and if you make a little bit extra. Just keep it to yourself and don't use any work equipment or time.
    Aug 20, 2017 0
  • Gen!x / Eng
    ixptl12

    Gen!x Eng

    PRE
    startups, JPMorgan Chase
    BIO
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    ixptl12more
    I posted a rather lengthy response to a similar question you asked in another thread.

    Item of note here is, create a company. It costs under $500 to incorporate and do things under an LLC with ownership info shielded (DE & NV specialize in this). Totally legal as long as you pay your taxes on it.

    And yes, never use company equipment.
    Aug 20, 2017 3
    • Amazon KLxs52
      OP
      Thanks.
      Aug 20, 2017
    • HealthNow / Eng
      binarycafe

      HealthNow Eng

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      healthnow
      binarycafemore
      if you're going to go this route, it's worth considering an S Corp over an LLC in certain situations. in an s Corp, the owner can be treated as an employee and paid a reasonable salary. there are some legal protections that are more beneficial for an s corp than an LLC.

      in either situation, if you'd like to incorporate it's highly recommended that you speak with an accountant / tax advisor to make your life easier.
      Aug 21, 2017
    • Gen!x / Eng
      ixptl12

      Gen!x Eng

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      startups, JPMorgan Chase
      BIO
      ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      ixptl12more
      +1 on talking to a *competent* tax advisor.

      You can file an LLC and use Subchapter S (aka S-Corp) for the tax reporting structure.

      This way you get the best of both worlds.

      But certainly, talk to someone about it
      Aug 21, 2017
  • Just don't use a Hooli machine
    Aug 20, 2017 1
    • Salesforce / Other #FakeNews
      Winner
      Aug 20, 2017
  • WRKSHP / Eng 999
    As long as you don't break non-compete and don't eat up company time or equipment, you should be okay.
    Aug 20, 2017 0
  • New jaWC22
    Was a Sr Director of Telecom and owned a coin laundry. No employee contract (in California) but still got slapped hard for not disclosing... no financial penalty or anything just a tongue lashing from the president, CEO and a board member. :-/
    Sep 20, 2017 1
    • Gen!x / Eng
      ixptl12

      Gen!x Eng

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      startups, JPMorgan Chase
      BIO
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      ixptl12more
      Telecoms are utilities and regulated. Your omission could have caused audit flags especially with your title.

      If the prez, CEO & board triple-teamed to tongue bathe you then you had to be pretty high up.
      Sep 20, 2017
  • BMW / Design underpant
    Most places are cool with it if it is not competitive with your day job
    Aug 23, 2017 0