I recently interviewed Rich Sloan of Startup Nation. The column on AuctionBytes is here: http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y208/m09/abu0223/s03. I was impressed above all by Rich’s optimism. To him, this is the perfect time to start up a home-based business. It doesn’t matter whether you’ ve been laid off or whether or already have a day job. Get online now and market yourself, he says. The truly inspired thing is his contest, the Homebased 100. The deadline for applications is today.