Re: FWD: Getting started as a part-time freelancer

Subject: Re: FWD: Getting started as a part-time freelancer
From: "Anameier, Christine A - Eagan, MN" <christine -dot- a -dot- anameier -at- usps -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 09:16:01 -0500

Anon wrote: "I've been offered a contract to do some small freelance
writing and editing jobs aside from my regular tech writing job. I've
always been a full-time employee, so contract work is new to me. . . ."

Scrutinize the freelance contract, of course, but you should also take a
look at your existing employment agreement. I could be wrong about this,
but I've heard that the fine print sometimes says that the company owns
any intellectual property you produce--on or off the premises--during
the time they own... er, employ you. Or some variation on that. Whether
it would hold up in court is another question, but if there's a whisper
of a chance you'd have to deal with it in court later on, better to be
aware of it upfront.



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