By Rieva Lesonsky


Our friends over at StartupNation have announced the winners of their Third Annual StartupNation Home-Based 100®.

The contest, sponsored by Microsoft Office Live Small Business, Infusionsoft and FedEx Office, ranks the top performers among the 16.5 million home-based businesses in the U.S. Winners were organized into 10 categories including Most Innovative, Recession Busting and Savviest in Social Media.

“The 2009 ranking shows that home-based business is more relevant than ever. The current recession has spurred a new wave of home based businesses as a response to loss of jobs, the need for supplemental income and the sheer passion of blazing your own trail and running your own show,” said Rich Sloan, co-founder of

The submissions Sloan received for the Home-Based 100 showed him that home-based entrepreneurs are surviving in a downturn by using social media, being innovative and filling a need. A common theme among the winners this year? Sloan says they’re “problem-solvers”—businesses that discovered needs and filled them.

Read more about the 2009 Home-Based 100 and learn about the winners on StartupNation’s Web site.