said 1 year, 4 months ago:
I run into the same thing. I live/work in Maine, so it’s almost impossible to only have one client per industry. (Pickings can be slim.)
I had run into a few situations where clients let me know that they didn’t want me to work w/their competition. Sometimes it made sense (personal injury lawyers), other times, less sense (psychologists.) At least to me.
I now write into every contract that this is not a non-compete agreement, and they are allowed to work with other web developers and we’re allowed to work with other dog trainers/personal trainers/lion tamers. If they need a non-compete that’s extra.
Haven’t had a problem since.
Some companies actually WANT you to work with others in their industry b/c it gives you better insight.
I posed a similar question at LinkedIn a while back and got some great answers…hope you can access this link.