How To Cheat On Your Boss

'Fess Up

Confession can be good for the soul, but not always for business. That said, there are a few situations in which it might be better to bare all:

  • After you've left the job. Sometimes bosses can be helpful for finding contacts after you're off their clock. Some may even be interested in investing in your company.
  • When you suspect you're about to get caught. Like parents and spouses, employers sometimes give you credit for preemptive honesty.
  • If your work is truly suffering. If your boss suspects you're just a slacker, he or she may appreciate the truth as to why you're not giving your all to the job and might even grudgingly accept that you have to follow your entrepreneurial leanings.

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This article was originally published in the March 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: How To Cheat On Your Boss.

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