Have you always been a person or are you now a young person who thinks it is a good idea to Be Your Own Boss? I am in my late fifties and thinking about retirement nowadays, and looking back on my life I do realize that I would have been better off learning a trade.
That is because I have an entrepreneurial spirit.
I have done a side hustle, freelance writing, for at least twenty years now, and that is okay but it is not the same as being an entrepreneur. So if you have a son or daughter who wants to be his or her own boss, I highly recommend that you teach them to try learning a trade. For example, if your daughter learns how to be a cosmetologist, she can open her own beauty shop. If your son learned how to be an HVAC technician, one day he can also open his own Heating and Cooling company. Of course, he would have to go to school after high school, but most HVAC programs are less than 2 years long. In fact, the tech school near me has an HVAC program that is only 16 months long. That’s just a year and 4 months to learn how to be a heating and cooling technician. There are many certifications for different things in the HVAC industry, and people in the industry can learn more credentials as they go along. Also, heating and cooling companies are always looking for good, skilled workers. After working for other people for a decade or so, it is most likely that your son could and would decide to open his own Heating and Cooling business. Then he could be his own boss! The only people that would tell him what to do would be the customers, because he would always want to be serving them the best way he could.