Are you going to be the next one to lose your job? The rosy picture the lame stream media wants everyone to believe regarding the job market is not panning out so far in 2013. I think a case could be made for starting your own home business.If you were to start your own home business while you’re employed you have the benefit of continuing to get a full-time paycheck while you create part-time income from your home. Since you are the boss you can work whenever you want.I would suggest finding a business in the niche that you enjoy. You could start a blog and add some affiliate products to it. This is a common way that people get started online.Another way that people get started is to join a direct sales company. Before you totally write off this idea consider that many direct selling companies now have products that are primarily sold on the Internet.You don’t have to be the Avon distributor running around ringing doorbells. You do not have to be an Amway distributor delivering another box of soap.There are literally thousands of direct sales companies that you can choose from. Many of these companies do hundreds of millions of dollars and have a very diverse product line you can choose from.Of course you have the freedom to start a home business however you want. Maybe you just want to work for yourself as an Internet blog writer.Were you aware that there’s people earning six-figure incomes doing this from home? There are also people earning a few extra hundred dollars a month part time.The great thing about Internet blog writing is you will never run out of customers to write for. You only need a handful of good clients to keep busy and make money online at the same time.If you have a little flexibility in your full time job you might consider doing local business marketing for small business owners. Although this is a very competitive market it’s also very lucrative one.Whether you live in a rural area, or a metropolitan area, you can still build a business like this using the Internet. This takes some skills, and you’ve got to determine the type of local business help you want to provide.Whether it’s doing SEO, reputation management, or lead generation the opportunities are there. This makes local business marketing and consulting a good home business to start.Don’t wait until you lose your job. Start a home business and cover yourself just in case things don’t pan out for you in the future.