Yes, set up a lab at home, that's always good whatever your doing. I am going to make the assumption that you are looking for a permanent position, but if I were you, I would look at contract work instead. I think you would have a better chance at getting back to SQL quicker, and the pay would not have to be massive if you take into account the tax breaks. It also means that if the pay was quite low, you are only in the job for a certain amount of time, so you could then either negotiate a better rate, or look elsewhere. Either way you have got yourself back in the SQL game. As far as BI goes, I guess you could just make a start at looking into it, anything you do will broaden your appeal and increase your chances of employment. I'm also a DBA and quite fancy the BI route as I find it very interesting. Good luck.