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Sep 23 9 Comments

asking for a friend.

question on how to handle this situation… Working full-time however have a side consulting company doing custom development work. Clients (existing and prospective) have been looking at LinkedIn profile where there is no mention of side company. Obviously that reflects poorly and they’re questioning the company profile and validity at times. Any recommendations on how to handle this without getting in trouble with the full-time job? The plan is to eventually leave the full-time job and do side gig full-time however not yet financially feasible.

disclaimer, nature of consulting work does not violate any non-competes etc. roles are different and not supporting same industries.

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  • New / Design Ross Leena
    I think you should mention it on your LinkedIn. You can play with your title a bit...maybe something that shows your current company (if they ask) that you are not spending most of your time on the side gig. E.g Partner, co-founder, advisor or even no title... if it’s not mentioned in your contract that your can’t do “moonlighting or freelance” who cares what you do “after hours and weekend” ;)
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      Good advice. Thanks
      Sep 23
    • New / Design Ross Leena
      Let me know how it goes. Also if you need a designer, DM me! Always up for some side gig :)
      Sep 24
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      Oh good to know! Always look for good designers
      Sep 24
  • I think it's smart to be cautious even without a non-compet/no solicitation agreement. But believe you have a major opportunity with selling your consultant practices on LinkedIn. Have you asked around regarding other colleagues so called "side hustles"?

    If you prefer to keep your LinkedIn separate make a legitimate website for your consultanting gig so you get exposure and your clients find it more legitimate.
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      I have a website but naturally clients go straight to LinkedIn to check out experience, profiles, etc. More recently we have a very large opportunity and the feedback was there’s nothing on my linkedin that shows anything about the consultancy. I’ve intentionally not updated LinkedIn in over 5 years. It just feels required now. Thx for the input
      Sep 23
    • Gotcha. Seems LinkedIn is the way to this opportunity's heart ($$)! Hope all works out!
      Sep 23
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      Thank you! Appreciate it!
      Sep 23
  • Uber shakidaki
    If it does not violate agreements with current employer and does not impact your job performance then why are you chickening out especially if its pertinent to the side gig success?
    Sep 23 0

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