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Upcoming workshop helps spouses work from home

For spouses and family of military members, working from home solves a number of problems. There's no traveling, no need for daycare and workers can keep their income constant even as they move around the world.

Sadly, there are multitudes of scam artists on the prowl, waiting in anticipation and ready to take advantage of people who want to work from home.

Christine Durst, author and researcher of the work-from-home industry, estimates the scams-to-legitimate-opportunities ratio stands at 60 to 1. In other words, for every 60 work-from-home opportunities people see, only one is considered a reliable, appropriate job lead.

If only there was a way to separate the scams from the legitimate opportunities.

Durst explains that it can be done efficiently and effectively. Local spouses can learn how by attending the Home-Based Career and Telework Development Program hosted by the Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Pikes Peak Library District's Library 21c.

Durst will facilitate the workshop, where she'll provide attendees with a myriad of resources and strategies for finding legitimate home-based work and freelance projects on the Internet.

"Working from home offers a particular value to military spouses because they can move and keep their career going in a seamless transition," said Liz Archuleta, community readiness consultant here. "The number of scams and the issue of scamming has grown tremendously during the past few years."

Archuleta obtained a grant to fund the workshop through the Air Force Aid Society.

"Considering our current budget constraints, we wouldn't have been able to offer this workshop without the AFAS grant so we're extremely thankful and appreciative," Archuleta said. "Also, we're opening the workshop to all Air Force installations on the Front Range so it was important to find a venue where we could seat a large number of people. The Pikes Peak Library District came through with a no-cost venue on a date that worked for all of us."

In the six-hour workshop, Durst will cover such topics as the pros and cons of home-based work, scam studies and investigations, how to recognize work-from-home scams, types of telework arrangements, how and where to find legitimate jobs, and résumé tips and self assessments.

The workshop is designed to also inform attendees on how to find companies that routinely hire home-based workers, how to work effectively with children in the house and understand the difference between working as an employee or as an independent contractor, among other topics.

According to Andrea Hernandez, community readiness consultant at the A&FRC, this workshop is one of the most anticipated A&FRC programs.

"Work-from-home opportunities top their list of interest when spouses come into the A&FRC looking for employment opportunities," said Hernandez. "Having Christine Durst provide information on how to find legitimate work-from-home opportunities is invaluable knowledge that military spouses can take with them when they move."

For more information or to register for the workshop, call the Schriever A&FRC at 567-3920.

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