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When do you tell your current boss about your new business?

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This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You've got a job, but you want to start your own business. When do you tell your boss about your plans? There's no hard rule about the timing of your announcement, says Tim Fedele, a labor and employment attorney with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Potter in Pittsburgh.

Begin by determining exactly where you stand from a legal perspective. Fedele suggests taking all employment-related contracts you've signed along with your employee hand-book to an attorney. A lawyer can look over those documents, and let you know whether or not you're violating any part of the agreements.

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