If I want to start a business in the same industry I work in, what are my limitations. My company set spacific guidelines on the type of accounts they handle and I want to address the ones that the company doesn't want. Am I within my rights to pursue these accounts as long as I'm not taking from nor approaching current customers? The company recently went through a major down sizing. and laid off over 40% of the work force making my job more demanding and I feel this would supplement my income. I do know of others in my position that have taken positions with companys that are direct competitor with no repercussions.