I am currently cofounding an e-commerce project. My skill set is graphic design, UI, UX and I've created our working prototype. I want to take on freelance work creating logos, design and prototype for other start-ups. Should I avoid freelance jobs in the e-commerce category?
Have you discussed this with your cofounders? Maintaining a good working relationship is key and getting their buy-in before you start working would help; it's good for transparency.
Personally, I would be okay with you doing this. There is little chance of you accidentally sharing trade secrets, leaking source code, or otherwise harming the startup.
Definitely discuss it with your cofounders, and check any agreement you may have signed.
They can't really expect you to not try to make a living using your skills, especially if you don't get a salary at your startup.
You have to pay the bills...
Try to get an agreement in writing that it's ok for you to freelance, and of course, you have to make sure that you don't use any work you did for the startup.
I'm with Richard on this one. Everyone understands that when you are starting out there may be a need for bootstrapping to make ends meet but as long as you are clear about what you are doing and make sure no one objects you should be fine. Transparency and communication is the key.
Thank you for your input, gentlemen...much appreciated.