Employee to consultant...
Good friend of mine did corporate events. The following week was a major customer facing event. Tuesday before he was RIF'd. He handed in his properly wiped (but secretly backed-up) laptop. On Thursday he got the call, "How quickly can you incorporate and give us a bid to run the event next week?"
After about two years of being incorporated and having one customer who paid a lot of money for the 'outsourcing', the company came to their wits and asked if they would like to simply come back on-staff.
That lasted a dozen years, and now the current management has outsourced events staff again.