About Michael Haaren

Michael Haaren

Michael Haaren

CNN regular Christine Durst and ex-Wall Street lawyer Michael Haaren are well-known experts in e-work, e-commerce and online scams. They are long-standing advocates of home-based work and de-rat-raced living.

Their 200-plus media appearances include CNN, “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” ABC’s “20/20,” MSNBC, Woman’s World, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post and many more.

Co-authors of two best-selling books on home-based careers, “The 2-Second Commute” and “Work at Home Now,” they also maintain the popular RatRaceRebellion.com website for home-based jobs and de-rat-raced lifestyles.

Chris and Mike are also experienced career and entrepreneurship advisers. They write a careers column for Military.com. As the principals of training firm Staffcentrix, they provide career-development training to the U.S. State Department and armed forces.

On the personal side …

Chris Durst -- Chris anchors the rural side of the Rat Race Rebellion. She grew up on a small farm in rural Connecticut, where she founded the virtual assistant industry in the early 1990s. She lives in the small town of Woodstock, Conn., “where the cows outnumber the people.”

Mike Haaren -- Mike anchors the “sprawl and crawl” side of the Rat Race Rebellion. He was raised in a log cabin in rural Virginia, and he later practiced law on Wall Street. He left the law to write fiction in Paris. Now he observes the rat race from his home in “Ratville,” aka northern Virginia.

As Always, Poets Lead the Way May 30, 2013

If you're sick of the rat race, get more art into your life — ASAP. Art offsets the materialism that threatens to swamp us all. It helps preserve a place in your heart, and in your life, where better things can grow. FIRST, ARE YOU REALLY A 'C... Read More

Sites for Earning Extra Cash or Merchandise May 23, 2013

Many folks, regardless of whether they have a job, would like to earn some extra cash or merchandise in their spare time. Fortunately, the online world offers increasing and legitimate opportunities for extra funds and "swag." Here are jus... Read More

Recent Home-Based Jobs Show Telework Variety May 16, 2013

While the pundits debate the pros and cons of telework and Yahoo's recent ban, the marketplace continues to hire home-based workers. As we'll show in a moment, just a small sampling of current jobs suggests just how wide-ranging the telework movement... Read More

Fake News Sites Continue to Trap Job Seekers May 08, 2013

While the media may not be considered as trustworthy as it once was, the public still tends to trust the established media brands, and scammers know it. As a result, phony news sites promoting scams continue to prosper at the expense of the unwary. ... Read More