Springfield, MO (PressExposure) January 04, 2012 -- Crowd-sourced marketing website Test My Message has been recognized as Number 1 in the category "Most Innovative Home Business" in the nation by StartupNation in its annual Home-Based 100 competition.
Many of the StartupNation Home-Based 100 entries showed that people are leveraging the efficiencies and lower overhead of home-based businesses to pursue their passion and bring in income during these tight economic times.
"The 2011 ranking reveals that home business is serious business - more relevant than ever. It's a natural response to loss of job opportunities, the need for supplemental income and the sheer passion for blazing your own trail and running your own show," said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation.com (http://www.startupnation.com/), one of the leading small business networking and knowledge hubs online. "Home based businesses are the biggest block of all businesses in existence, and we expect numbers to grow ever greater as extra bedrooms, kitchen tables, basements and garages increasingly host the innovative thinking and pursuit of success by millions of Americans."
"It's an honor to win the Startup Nation award for Most Innovative. The exposure from winning has been tremendous, and we've seen a continued stream of sales from the exposure," Said Brian Schmitt, co-owner of Test My Message (http://www.TestMyMessage.com).
A recent radio ad, which explains more about how Test My Message works, can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iECWwjWEWKI
The StartupNation Home-Based 100 highlights 10 top-ten lists, making it more than just your ordinary business ranking. From the wackiest, to the most innovative, to the best financial performers - this unique and diverse list highlights the home-based businesses that usually go unrecognized, but still play a vital role in the economy today.
The ten categories for 2011 include:
* Most Innovative
* Boomers Back in Business
* Highest Vote-Getters
* Recession Busters
* Most Slacker-Friendly
* Most Glamorous
* Savviest in Social Media
The full results of the Home-Based 100 ranking are available on StartupNation's website at [http://www.StartupNation.com/home-based-100/2011-winners]
StartupNation has over 100,000 members, 2.5 million annual users, and provides over 200,000 pages of business advice and networking for entrepreneurs. StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the intention of providing a one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, including blogs from a host of experts, podcasts, webcasts, eBooks, award-winning step-by-step advice, and more. The company also provides an elite group of 99 entrepreneurs with the annual opportunity to be personally coached in StartupNation's Next-Level Success Club ([http://www.StartupNation.com/next-level-success-club]).
About the StartupNation's Founders - The Sloan Brothers:
StartupNation co-founders and "chief startupologists," Rich and Jeff Sloan, are two of the country's leading small business experts, and ran their business from home for eight years. The Sloan brothers speak frequently at entrepreneurial forums and act as sources for top media venues nationwide. They are authors of StartupNation: Open for Business, published by Doubleday, and provide their insight online at StartupNation.com. The Sloan brothers are regularly quoted and featured in media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News and many others.
For more information, press only:
Karen Torres, StartupNation
karen (at) StartupNation.com
About Test my Message: The idea for Test my Message (http://www.TestMyMessage.com) was the brainchild of Dave McInnis, the founder of PR Web. Dave brought the idea to a special course at the Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas. Five students of the academy spent three days taking the idea, building a website, convincing experts to be part of the project, and launching the site.
On September 1, 2011 the site went live with much fanfare. Of the original five-person team, three are carrying the flag forward. Rich Carr, Matt Lenhard, Ernie Nycz, and Brian Schmitt are at the helm, zig zagging their way to creating a thriving community of experts who help small businesses grow through better marketing.
This is accomplished by providing feedback on each marketing message from a variety of experts, quickly and at a ridiculously cheap cost. Instead of hiring just one consultant, Test My Message allows users to get feedback from a variety of experts.
Proceeds of every dollar earned will flow back to the Wizard Academy, a non-traditional, non-profit business school located in Austin, TX.
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