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When employees become the competition

It could happen in nearly any company: Employees sometimes go into business for themselves.

While traveling in Pennsylvania recently, I stopped off in Pittsburgh to visit Nick Vacco, a serial entrepreneur. Vacco’s 13-year-old company, Detail King, is an auto-detailer training company. Vacco got his start in college when he ran an auto-detailing business out of the trunk of his car.

While touring his training facility, I overheard a student from Tampa, Fla., ask Vacco how to get past a concern she has about hiring and training employees, sensing that some will turn around and run their own auto-detailing business in direct competition with hers. It’s a good question, and Nick had a number of thoughts on it worth sharing:

Paranoia will destroy ya: Don’t assume that a job applicant wants anything more than just a job. Otherwise, you’re operating from a position of paranoia, Vacco says, and you can’t run a business from a standpoint of fear. Besides, if you insist on hiring people with no ambition, good luck with that. It’ll be reflected in every task they do.

…to read this article in full, visit leading US entrepreneurial resource, Entrepreneur.com.