Recently Intuit published a blog by writer Jean Dion entitled "Should You Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?" The article touches on a variety of issues central to freelancers' consideration of employment contracts and features quotes from Attorney Kevin Parks.
A non-compete clause is designed to protect the intellectual property and client connections that can keep a company in business. In most cases, non-compete clauses contain a specific set of restrictions. Some specify a time period after a contract ends in which a former employee or freelancer may not contact the company’s customers or engage in the same kind of work for a competitor. Many also outline geographic restrictions, ensuring that former partners or vendors won’t open up a business near the organization they’re working for.
Read more: http://blog.intuit.com/money/contract-conundrum-should-you-sign-a-non-compete-agreement/#ixzz2syYaTBLj