If you find yourself looking to bring in a little extra money on the side, here are a few guidelines to ensure that your side hustle doesn’t interfere with your work here.
Our company defines freelancing as any “outside employment” where you work for yourself. As a freelancer, you might take on contract work for another company but, ultimately, you are self-employed.
A side job (aka a side hustle) refers to any paid position (full-time or part-time) for a company that is not [company name]. For example, working at a coffee shop on the weekends is considered a side job. As is consulting, running a business, and holding a board position at an organization.
We allow all employees the opportunity to freelance or take on a side job in addition to their work here. But with that being said, we don’t encourage freelancing or side jobs. If you take on either, we require that you let [your manager/HR] know that your bandwidth and schedule has changed as soon as possible - even if you do not anticipate it impacting your role here. You are expected to treat your position with us as your primary job. We expect you to prioritize your projects with us over your other job(s). However, working one-off jobs here and there is not considered freelancing or a side job.
There is no need to let your manager know if you are:
There are a few cases of freelancing and side jobs are not allowed, including:
Please note: This policy only applies to legal jobs. If you take on any illegal work (for example, dealing drugs), your employment may be terminated immediately. If you use our company’s equipment to assist in these criminal endeavors, it is in our power to take legal action against you after your termination.
Manager ResponsibilitiesIf someone on your team lets you know that they are taking on a side job or freelancing, document this information [using this form] as soon as possible. If the work is for a competitor or poses a potential conflict of interest, tell [a member of HR] immediately.
Company equipment is meant to be used for tasks and responsibilities related to your position and work here.
During non-working hours, you [may/ may not] use equipment - like your company laptop - for personal use, such as freelancing.
Please note that all company policies still apply to company equipment, even if you're using it outside of working hours or for activities not related to work. Confidentiality, cybersecurity, and code of conduct included.
[Some] company equipment, [like your company car] can never be used outside of working hours or non-work-related reasons.
Please reach out to [your manager/HR] if you have any questions about company equipment.
This policy applies to all employees who wants to freelance and take on a side job in addition to their work here.