Motivation notwithstanding, I would also suggest that you consider consulting.
That totally won't work.
Consulting requires selling, and they've already demonstrated an inability to sell the one product that they're intimately familiar with, and that it's currently their *only* job to sell right now, which is themselves to an employer.
If you can't sell yourself to an employer, how much harder is it going to be to sell your services into the much smaller services market, if you are incapable of selling in the first place?
Very right. Every time I interview for a consulting assignment, it's exactly the same as applying for a job. If you're bad at getting your first job, you're going to be much worse at getting hired as a consultant. What experience do you bring to the table for dealing with the problems the customer can't solve with his own employees?