If you've been laid off, you are in a world of pain.
Just because a slow business climate created by high taxes and increasing regulation has given you cause to sing those laid-off blues does not mean you need to suffer. In fact, in a few years you may realize it was the best thing that could have happened.
Don't shoot me!
The job you were laid off from was doomed anyway, now you have time to prepare for a future where those sort of jobs won't exist -- at least not in a way that could keep you above starvation. There is a reason jobs have disappeared:
The economy has changed, permanently.
The coercive education system that trains cogs for factories and political parties has prepared you for exactly the wrong future. The educational system of the last couple hundred years answered a request for standardized humans. Governments needed compliant citizens, corporations needed obedient workers, and wealthy elites needed worker drones trained to consume and not save.
So they sought to train you to fit their needs. It worked. Over and over again, it worked. But the new economy does not need drones, they will be shoved to the bottom of the heap. But YOU have a head start on becoming successful in this economy. Why? Because you are not bent over a desk or machine continuing in patterns you were trained to call success.
A new future has started. Good jobs are disappearing, good businesses are closing. Middle class cogs are being replaced. A third or more of the country is lying in rusting piles of cogs, cogs buried under the sand, and cogs being used as paper weights (if the government still used the same statistical measures it used during the last depression).
It's nobody's fault the world is changing, but the response governments are making will hurt even more people. Extending unemployment benefits beyond two years for people waiting for jobs that will never return - insane. They should have retained the original 28 weeks of unemployment coverage, offering job seekers training to join the new middle class: technology empowered individuals.
There are lots of reasons to start your own business. You not only have a reason to succeed, you now have the opportunity to advance away from the heap toward individual accomplishment. You may even become wealthy.
Go take a look at some of these real opportunities to Start Your Own Internet Business, compare and choose what best suits you. Being laid off may be the biggest opportunity you've ever had. And it was given to you.
Some people have all the luck.