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I’m considering starting a side business(non accounting/tax etc). ppl in the firm might potentially be my target client group. Is it against any firm policy to reach out to ppl in the firm as client?

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Targeting your coworkers seems like a bad plan. Just saying. Also will be more difficult to convince your managers that it’s not impacting your current workload if you are actively working with coworkers

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The only issue I see is that you are mixing your personal business with the company so it could potentially lead to awkward situations if someone has a bad experience with you in your personal business or they may not feel comfortable saying no to whatever you are offering because you are friends, etc

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Don't market to your co-workers. Let them come to you. Plenty of other accounting firms to pick from.

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Tread lightly. Maybe start with people from the other 3 firms?

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Do you think we have to check if we wanna do Rover (pet sitting) or Uber/Lyft (driving)?

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Yes. Anything that might cause a conflict, make you tired, etc. is something your firm will want to know about before you do it.

I think it’d be kinda awkward if my co-worker was trying to sell me stuff. It’d like Amway but instead of knives or vitamins I’m not in the market for it’d be something else. Maybe be ultra casual and loosely mention only once to see what comes on its own? Then actually sell to others outside where you work. That’d be my impression. But I guess it all depends too.

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Before anything, check your policies to see if you need approvals to do anything income generating outside the firm. You don't want to lose your job for doing something that earns a couple hundred a month.

You want to provide tax services for your colleagues?

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