I'm going to sign with a new company and in the contract I found a strage wording:
"may not engage in any other employment, consulting, or other business activity that conflicts or may conflict with the performance of your work"
Anybody has seen this before? Why I should not be supposed to do anything I want, granted that I deliver results to my employer and I don't try to compete?
Fast forward to today, I am the worn out smelly sock you see before you. That clause is really a load of poop. They're asking you to commit to them as if you were hired full time with benefits. Given that you'll be a contractor, you won't actually get all those benefits. I'm tempted to recommend that you ask them very pointedly why they are giving you a contract that limits your ability to expand your portfolio.
I am also tempted to tell you.....what they don't know won't hurt them.