@Gaive_Shayiskhun @Dashiel @Corraidhin_Farsaidh @Steve_Ronuken
Thanks for all the advice everyone. I do have a few BPOs that I have purchased and a lot of them are already researched to 10/20 (even though I know you don’t necessarily need that for T2 production).
I have 6 toons over 2 accounts that are at various stages of training under the science and production skills so whilst not 100% efficient I can make items. On a few things that I investigated it was apparent that the margin was so small (or even a loss) that it was pointless even trying. This was trying to sell at Jita, I know that the market is busy and saturated but I figured that because of the liquidity of the market there the items would move quickly and whilst less profit per unit it would be made up by sheer numbers.
However having thrown some items up on market there (some purchased from LP, some from exploration and some from manufacturing) it would seem that that idea is flawed because the items have for the most part not sold (they are generally popular items with decent sales per day).
I have 2 thoughts at the moment:
1: Move somewhere else, sell some of the BPOs I have (especially ships which seem to have pretty much no profit) and try and make more money there, may FW space as someone mentioned
2: Do something else as the whole manufacturing and selling skill set seems to be very skill point and time intensive especially if looking to get sales taxes down to the minimum too.
There is a lot of great advise in the replies and I thank you for that, but I am feeling overwhelmed by the scale of what is needed, skills for the invention, skills to reduce tax, skills somewhere else, knowledge of the market, knowledge of locations… I am finding it a lot to take in for someone who is never going to be that big in the manufacturing game.
So as I do a fair amount of exploration, I am just going to sell those items on market directly rather than using them in my own manufacturing. I will do the odd thing here and there as I came across a BPC in exploration maybe, but I think that would be a more enjoyable experience for me.
Thanks for all the advise people.