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Julia Roberts Goad

Staff Writer

“Work is something you do, not someplace you go.”

That is the motto of Kentucky Teleworks (KT) is a program administered by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP).

Kentucky Teleworks diversifies the local economies of Kentucky by bringing in high-demand, high-growth telework jobs while recruiting and preparing Kentucky workers for those jobs, making it possible for more Kentuckians to have careers while staying in their local communities, raising their families, and contributing to the state’s quality of life.

The terms “telework,” “telecommuting,” “flexible workplace,” “remote work,” “virtual work,” and “mobile work” are all used today to refer to work done outside of a traditional office environment. In most cases, teleworkers work from home on a computer that is linked to their employer.

The advantages of working from home are numerous, and include saving the cost of commuting, reduced child care costs and a better balance between work and your home life.

Employers also benefit from telework. Increased productivity from they’re happier employees, reduced operational costs, including real estate, facilities, business travel, and other overhead expenses, and liability and health insurance costs go down.

The flexible working conditions offered by telework make it easier to attract and retain a skilled workforce enhancing productivity, creativity, and the quality of work.

During a period of high unemployment, working from home is an attractive proposition. More than 17,000 work-from-home scams were reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center in 2011, costing victims more than $20 million. On average, that was two complaints and $2,297 lost per hour.

KT is a way for Kentuckians to find opportunities to work from home for a legitimate company. The jobs listed through the agency are researched thoroughly and are often taken from employment sites that are endorsed by agencies like the Better Business Bureau and the Telework Coalition.

Teleworkers do their work in very much that same way as they would in an office setting today: via a computer linked to their employer’s server. An effective home office — including proper furniture, computer equipment and accessories, in a quiet space — will allow you to be a productive and successful teleworker.

Telework jobs cover a wide variety of different skillsets and schedules, just like the traditional workplace. Available jobs range from entry-level work with limited educational and skill requirements to highly skilled professional positions requiring postsecondary degrees and special certifications.

The process begins with registering with KT, which is free of charge. When you sign up you will automatically be given free access to all that Kentucky Teleworks offers. You will also be contacted by a representative of EKCEP and offered some of the free services that EKCEP provides, such as Job Clubs, career advising, resume assistance, skills testing, and training and education assistance.

For more information, visit http://kentuckyteleworks.com, or their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/kentuckyteleworks.

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