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Old 05-16-2013, 03:04 PM
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Hey folks,
I'm a writer and am interested in what happens when an employee decides to start his own business in the lawn care field. Do you discourage them? Do you have them sign a non-compete? Or, do you wish them well and ask that they not solicit in your area?
And a follow-up, did you get your start by first working for a competitor?
Depending upon the results, I'd like to contact a few of you and get a better understanding of how this all unfolds in the industry.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:46 PM
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I don't have any employees, but if I did, I would have them sign a 1-2 year non-compete to not solicit my customers or to compete within a 20-30 mile radius from my shop.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:57 PM
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That seems to be the prevailing thought.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:03 PM
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That seems to be the prevailing thought.
Prevailing thought is one thing, legal reality is another. If you're wanting to write a deeper, more useful piece, I'd work an attorney in to the mix.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:12 PM
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I plan on it.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:37 PM
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Tony,
Are you a Buckeye? I live in Columbus and my granddaughter just graduated last quarter.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:02 PM
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I don't have any employees, but if I did, I would have them sign a 1-2 year non-compete to not solicit my customers or to compete within a 20-30 mile radius from my shop.
Sure, you can go through the expense of enforcing the no-raid, but there's no way you'll enforce a non-compete for a service business such as this. Whether they're scared in to thinking it's binding is the only advantage you will have.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:21 PM
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Sure, you can go through the expense of enforcing the no-raid, but there's no way you'll enforce a non-compete for a service business such as this. Whether they're scared in to thinking it's binding is the only advantage you will have.
If the non-compete is written correctly and isn't overly broad in terms of scope, geographical area and time, it certainly can and would be enforced.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:28 PM
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If the non-compete is written correctly and isn't overly broad in terms of scope, geographical area and time, it certainly can and would be enforced.
Mowing grass, while a profession, does not fall under the category of, say, chemical engineering . Now, if you have systems/methods in place that can be convincing enough to be considered IP, then have at it. A person's ability to earn a living will prevail over anything that is less than that, especially for a general skill/knowledge job.
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I live by the professional courtesy rule myself, both my self and my brother worked for other landscapers prior to stating our own business, Neither of them tried to discourage us growing and doing our own thing. I believe if you have professional courtesy and don't step on each others toes it is fine. If someone calls me to bid a property and it happens to be a close friend of mines property i will decline kindly and say sorry i'm not interested, and vice versa.

There is plenty of work for everyone and no need to try and discourage/sign a non compete. That's just plain stupid.
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