> Just make sure that if you do something on the side for free or paid, your present > place of employment knows about it in advanced and gives you written authorization > to perform the work. Also the authorization needs to specify whether or not you can > use the company's computers and software after your "on-the-clock" time unless you > will be doing this at home. > > When you do start free-lancing, get everything in writing upfront. Ouch. I don't mean to offend, but I've got to disagree with the above very wholeheartedly. I *DO* think you need to know what's in your employment agreement and I *DO* think you need to be honest with any of your clients and I *DO* think that you need to be ethical in not working for your company's clients, however... I don't think it's their business if you're doing anything on the side--paid or unpaid--as long as it's not a conflict of interest. It's certainly not your employer's business if you decide to create a blog site, etc. and while that may not be what the intent of the above reply was, it's a fine line. It's also to your employer's benefit if you are further practicing and extending your skills. I realize that this could very much turn into one of those "I think, I think" situations, so let me reiterate that you should be *very* aware of what your employment agreement states and what is legal in your state before you make any bold jumps. In any instance, I would certainly avoid using any company resources at all. AT ALL.