Quite some time ago, a friend mentioned that one option for getting out of being unemployed was to start their own government contracting firm. In the end, they were daunted by the idea of having to wear the many hats of PR flack, business developer/salesperson, technical expert, manager, etc. They also didn't like the risk of spending months on it and ending up right back where they were.
Some research I did for them at the time may be useful to others. If you're willing to overcome the hurdles I mentioned above, the lesser hurdles of money and knowledge/training can be addressed easily.
The website set up to help small businesses find and win government contracts:
The financial assistance website: