I would like to do some consulting in the area of software development for Engineering firms.
I would also like to develop my own software products and sell them.
How do I go about this from a legal standpoint? I plan to alert all my potential customers that I am also working on my own products and that any software I build for them can either remain proprietary for their company (assuming of course it is not the exact same thing as what I plan to create and sell on my own) , or that we can enter an agreement where if I sell the software developed on their dime we would split the profits - assuming they don't want to keep it proprietary which will be the most likely scenario.
YANAL, but is there a way to draft this in legal terms? S
uch that if obvious small classes or libraries appear both in my product and the product I develop for them - and any programmer knows there are only that many ways to skin a code and overlap is inevitable - I won't get sued.
posted by spacefire
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I'm in the early stages of exploring a career shift into management consulting. I've spoken to a few people in one company, but I'm interested in hearing from people who do not have to speak for their employer as well. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina
on Jan 31, 2013 -
How much should I charge for consulting, when it's about something (grad school admissions) where consulting is uncommon? I've never done this, so I'm not sure what a reasonable hourly rate would be. [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Aug 20, 2012 -
I need a new job title... and I get to make it up. Help me come up with something both awesome and professional. [more inside]
posted by French Fry
on Apr 4, 2012 -
Becoming a Consultant: After being an employee of a major consumer goods company for over six years, and climbing up the ladder very quickly, I am leaving my job to be with my fiance halfway around the world. I have a job offer to do the same as I was before, except as a consultant. What's the difference between being a consultant and a regular company full time employee? [more inside]
posted by peachtree
on Oct 13, 2011 -
I'm interested in becoming a restaurant consultant. What books should I read?
posted by Infernarl
on Sep 24, 2010 -
How do I claim taxes working as a salaried IT consultant? I have a client in another state that I travel to on a weekly basis. [more inside]
posted by jwfree
on Jun 2, 2010 -
I have some upcoming consulting work (report preparation, technical writing, some systems architecture -- all for work related to a planning grant), and a large research university is handling the contract. In filling out the institution's "supplier information form," they requested information about liability insurance. I don't quite know where to start in following up on this, so I suppose I'm looking for recommendations about affordable options from currently insured independent consultants doing similar work. [more inside]
posted by anarchivist
on May 5, 2010 -
Can I include past consulting clients on a resume, even if I haven't actually been employed by them? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund
on Mar 21, 2010 -
I hear that sometimes businesses and other institutions hire "ethics consultants". Does anyone know anything about getting into ethics consulting or the actual day-to-day activities in ethics consulting? If not, has anyone seen an ethics consultant in action at a company? [more inside]
posted by ontic
on Feb 12, 2007 -
Help! I'm so very stressed out. How do I convince my luddite of a boss that our office desperately needs a regularly scheduled IT person? I even have a perfect person in mind. [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug
on Nov 9, 2005 -