Layoffs are never a good thing, but they do have one positive aspect: They can lead to creation of new businesses -- and new jobs.
New research shows that 15 percent of small businesses were established following a layoff. That's not a huge number, but at least it provides a little hope.
And it's not as if you have to come up with a brilliant and creative new idea to start a successful new business after you've been laid off. The survey conducted by business insurance company Hiscox found that the majority of start are not original ideas, but are based on new approaches to existing businesses.