Perhaps someone may know the answer to this. My wife works as a financial recruiter for a company and wants to start working on her own from home. Anyway, she signed a non-compete agreement when she started a year ago. It says in the agreement that she can't work within a 100 mile radius from the company office for a competing business for 1 year after leaving her current company. I assume competing business also means working on your own as well. Can the company hold her to this agreement and make her actually wait for 1 year before she starts recruiting again? How would they even find out she was doing it? What can they do if you don't wait for 1 year; what's their recourse?