I'm thinking of leaving my full-time job and working in the same field as a freelancer. Would it be a bad idea to pitch my freelance services to my current company's clients? I know how much my company charges them, and I could do the same work for about 50 percent less, while still making considerably more money myself than I do in my current job.
There is no no-compete language in my contract with the company, so I don't see any legal reason why I couldn't do this. But I wonder if there could be reputatational or ethical issues at play. I don't want to get a bad reputation within my industry because my current company muddies my name if it finds out I quit and started competing against it. I also worry that the clients could view me negatively if I told them I'd left the company and proposed working for them as a freelancer.
I imagine this is not a rare situation. Plus, it seems totally normal to move as an employee from one company to a competitor, which is similar to but not quite the same as what I'm thinking about doing. But I frankly just don't know what the expectations are of someone who leaves a company and goes to work for himself or herself, either from my company's perspective or its clients' perspective.
I'm in the United States, for what it's worth.