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| p.1 #1 · This again (non-compete) |
So I think I made a thread here like two years ago about a company wanting me to sign a non-compete agreement to give photography tours. Basically I walk around the city and teach tourists how to photograph landmarks. It bothered me for awhile but in the end I signed it because the wording of the non-compete limited me strictly to not being a tour guide and made no mention of photography or workshop instruction. No problem, so I can't be a tour a guide. Doesn't really bother me. It didn't limit me from teaching workshops which is the field I was most interested in exploring.
So like two months after that I got started with a fledgling outfit that offers photography workshops. I teach about 2-3 workshops a month on various topics, mostly simple stuff like exposure and composition. Well, more than a year later, they now want me to sign a non-compete saying I can't teach workshops. The thing is I already do teach workshops for more than just this one "company." In addition to teaching workshops for another company I also teach private workshops.
Keep in mind this isn't steady work, it's freelance, and there's not a lot of money here but it's not a little either. It's a car payment for the month. Either way I'd be out more money if I signed it than if I didn't, not to mention any future opportunities. Not only do I have a great deal of experience in photography, but a fairly substantial resume as well in addition to an actual degree and in my opinion workshops are the only field of photography where a degree actually has any value.
Anyway, I'm trying to find a way to respond that explains there's no way I'm signing a non-compete without sounding like I'm saying "screw you."