Dh just got a job offer in his field. His employment the past couple of years has been rocky and we've been doing everything we can to keep our heads above water. He was roofing last year. THis year he is doing full commission sales. He hasn't done a full-blown job search bcs his skill set is so specific and he never imagined there would be a job out there that would be a good fit (he was self employed for years before his company fell apart). And then this job shows up. YAY!
The compensation isn't as much as he was hoping, but there is talk of a bonus, which would make it worth it...except the employment contract arrived yesterday and there is a 5 year non-compete/non-solicititation clause that would essentially make it impossible for dh to continue to work in his field should this job not work out.
I've done a lot of reading about non-competes and talked to people who are stuck in them...I keep hearing that if they are not reasonable they are not enforceable...but that doesn't stop you from being tied up in a mickey mouse law suit that will cost an arm and a leg in legal fees.
We are trying to be cautious, and are consulting with an attorney, but dh really wants the job, and we really need the income. We just don't want to do something out of desperation, and then pay for it in spades...