I was that girl, a million years ago in the early 2000s, making websites for a couple hundred dollars a go.
So let me say this: it’s tough and awful going out into the world trying to convince people you’re worth something. I loved making websites but hated the quoting, the selling, the convincing people that they needed me. So if a teenager doesn’t already love web development, it’s a lot to ask him or her to both learn it and convince other people that they can do the job.
Entrepreneurs are a rare breed for a reason — they are dedicated, determined, and confident enough to put themselves out there. You can’t convince someone else to be passionate about something. They’ve gotta have something pre-enthusiastic that you can nurture, otherwise they just need a job handed to them, for $8 an hour, that requires no thinking.