I am a lawyer in a mid-sized law firm and have founded a very small start-up to just sell one legal software program online.
I had the idea for the program, worked with a great software developer to create the program, and built a small website, all in my spare time and away from the office, and without using any of my law firm's resources at all. (I didn't even accept phone calls on my office phone or use my office computer for anything.)
The program has now been copyrighted and is ready for sale. I have a contractor who will handle pretty much everything from now on. I'm just looking at this as some revenue on the side- not enough to make me quit my regular job or even enough to put a dent in the time I devote to my day job.
I need to disclose the program to my employer; the employee manual (which is largely ignored at work) has some language about disclosing outside business activities. The program does not compete with my law firm's work or services at all. However, it will take some time, and it has taken some time, and it is a software program for lawyers.
I don't even have a version of the program developed yet for use on my employer's computer system- just a version now that works with a different version of the system that my employer has.
Any tips on how to approach the conversation, which I'll plan to have with a member of the firm's managing committee?