I say find a niche, find a skill thats needed and will continue to be needed and either work for yourself or with a small company that genuinely cares about the people who work there.
Most importantly do something you are interested in and ideally enjoy.
I work for myself and I wouldn't do it any other way. Whilst the responsibility for my income rests 100% on me I also have the freedom to work when I choose and under my terms and conditions.
I personally value my free time and freedom in general over material wealth.
Still there has to be a balance and its good to live comfortably.
The force will be with you