I'm employed full time at an IT company and have a side business (mostly sewing). I started my business after I started working here and haven't felt the need to inform them so they aren't aware of my business. However, I'm in the process of looking for a new job with the possibility of changing careers.
An electronics retail company just sent me an offer letter and it stated that I'm not allowed to engage in any business activity that conflicts with their interest. I think my business is retail in a sense, so my business kind of conflicts with their interest. The thing is, sewing is the one thing i love doing and am not willing to give it up for anything.
Do all companies forbid you upfront like this? IF I decide not to tell them, what are the chances of them finding out that I own a business or have a second job during a background investigation? I'm pretty sure my business tax information and DBA would come right up during the investigation but I'm not 100% certain. Is it better to give up on my business? Any input is appreciated!