I think this is a very valid aspect for all of ut to think about. In fact it may not be so easy as it looks , like joining contractors or consultants.
What about the business management aspect of it?? How many of us are trained towards that??
I would agree with Farijal that a unit is established & a proper training is given in managing business in the outside world.
What about the staff who have been working in the field for many-many years and are keen to explore other line of work / change field of work?? Maybe this aspect can also be considered by the unit.