I am currently looking for a place of my own to rent. However, I am facing much more difficulty than I thought with this aim. I've contacted all the landlords and/or letting agents I can so far. Unfortunately, it seems to me that they are a lot less likely to consider me as a potential tenant as I am self-employed (I literally could find no other way of making money of any other kind since the crash, and it's now going too well to walk away from) and have been obliged to live with my parents for the past few years. Accordingly, I have no references from landlords or a workplace. Frankly, I find it ironic that, even though I can now afford it, I still can't get somewhere of my own.
So, my question is: is there any alternative to these references I can offer to convince landlords I am a worthwhile tenant? This situation is getting to me now, particularly as I am going crazy where I am now. TIA for answers