At Erik’s last employer, the company explicitly forbid employees from freelancing. Many of the people at the company, Erik included, had a strong desire to freelance and thus were technically violating the company policy.
What that meant was that many employees carried around two personas. The first persona was that of a loyal employee, and the second was that of a freelancer, but on the down low. It forced employees to sneak around, and they felt scared of getting caught for making a few extra bucks.
Each freelance gig that Erik took on resulted in him actually getting better as an employee because he brought that experience back into the workplace. The skills he gained while freelancing made him a better at his job.
When Erik started his company he decided to not play that game. He addressed the situation and explicitly allowed freelancing, and still allows it. There are caveats, but generally it’s allowed.
He believes freelancing is a good practice. A few employees do it, most don’t, and it’s fine and even encouraged as long as it doesn’t distract from their work at Array Digital.
Erik J. Olson is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. The Founder & CEO of Array Digital, he is also the host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.
Kevin Daisey is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was just 23, and is the Founder & CMO of Array Digital. Kevin is the also the co-host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the co-organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.