And the Winner is …

January 28, 2013


That’s right, thanks to your votes, StarrParalegals, LLC  won Top Honors in the 2012 StartupNation Home-Based 100 Business Competition.

Can I get a “WOOT!”

StarrParalegals earned a rank of 54. In my universe, 54 is a magic number (cue music: … yes it is, it’s a magic number …)

  • 54 is a multiple of 18 (3 x 18 to be exact);
  • 18 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word “Chai” (life);
  • this is the 3rd year that StarrParalegals competed in the contest; and
  • my father, Ken Starr (Z”L) lived 54 memorable years.

Making the top 100 is further validation that I made the right choice when I decided to hang my virtual shingle. I work from the comfort of my dungeo… er, basement and my rush hour consists of racing my cats down two flights of stairs. I have the freedom to make my own hours, to travel, and even go back to school – I love my life!

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 2012 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, 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.”

The StartupNation Home-Based 100 highlights 10 top-ten lists making it not 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 2012 include: Most Innovative; Boomers Back in Business; Greenest; Yummiest, Wackiest; Savviest in Social Media; Recession Busters; Most Slacker Friendly; Most Glamorous; and Highest Vote-Getters.

The full results of the Home-Based 100 ranking are available on StartupNation’s website at

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