Do you want to work remotely or start an online business? Utah State University Extension’s Rural Online Initiative (brought in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Office of Rural Development and Grand County) was created to help you make that dream a reality by providing “education, training and services for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work, and e-commerce,” according to the flyer for the Remote Work Town Hall that was held on Oct. 28.

As one part of the program, participants will complete the Master Remote Work Professional Certificate, an online course designed to “equip workers with the tools and skills needed to transition from on-site work into a virtual career,” according to the Remote Work Certificate website.

“Remote work is any form of work in which you are not required to regularly commute to and work from a centralized location,” the website says. “Since 2005, remote work has grown by 140%. This means that regardless of where you live, there are work opportunities which you can take advantage of today.”

The next course starts on Nov. 4.

More information about the Master Remote Work Professional Certificate Course may be found at

For more information about the Rural Online Initiative or to get involved, contact the Grand County Community and Economic Development Department at 435-259-1343.