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Old October 11th, 2019 Oct 11, 2019 9:08:23 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. My friend has been working in a screen shop as a salesman for a while.
We want to start our own business. Do you know anything about how we can legally approach his customers?

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Old October 11th, 2019 Oct 11, 2019 9:59:17 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Hi. My friend has been working in a screen shop as a salesman for a while.
We want to start our own business. Do you know anything about how we can legally take his customers with us and how to approach them?

Also what if some of his customers walk into the shop and he helps them as opposed to him going out and getting them. Are we able to approach them also.
Thanks you, any help is appreciated.
-Doug
If he is an employee of the company then no he cant "take" the current clientele.
If he is sub contracted (there for does not "work for" the company) then he can contact them and let them know he is changing to another company. Unless there is an agreement in place about this.
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Old October 11th, 2019 Oct 11, 2019 10:45:08 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Yea that is a pretty douche bagged way of starting your own business. Everyone that is a good person will run through the trenches to gain traction...not steal other people's business right from the start. Always remember...what goes around comes around! You start out with a sleazy way you will end up getting that same treatment back later down the road; which you would have no room to ***** about it. Or people will find out and you will lose potential customers that will find you too shady to want to do business with you. Again; you would have no room to ***** about it if it happens.


Just my two cents on your question and tactics!
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Default Re: Taking my customers with me?

Not sure if it's illegal. (unless a contract exists and you get sued) But it's definitely unethical.

I share the same sentiment as Krikster.

You wouldn't want him to take your customers when/if he found a better concern down the line.

Don't do it.
 
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And also if he is as good a salesman as he wants you to believe, he would have no issues getting new customers quickly. If he offered this tactic trying to get you on board with him then I wouldn't consider him a friend any more. He would not care if your name gets a bad rep.
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Default Re: Taking my customers with me?

It depends, does he have a non-compete contract? If not then maybe. What you cannot do for sure is take artwork, customer files, etc. with you. However if you are starting a business you might get a lawsuit for stealing information. If it were my biz I would certainly sue you. As for you, you can probably be sued for it no matter what as you should not have access to this information.

As for a criminal complaint, it depends on your local gumshoes and if they have better things to do and the value of the client list.

Now, if you just want to cold call them then you are in a better position.

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