I've managed to stay employed through my own efforts. About 4 years ago I had a wonderful online job, editing and managing a news website. I got paid really well, but unfortunately the owner wasn't making enough to keep it going. After that, I decided to create my own jobs.
It does require a lot of work, juggling websites, blogs, doing newsletters, etc and I have to wear many hats. I also do freelance writing work when it comes along and have affiliates and products that do pretty well.
Sometimes it seems like a rat race but it keeps paying the bills.