Your character’s background mechanically does not matter.
This is a little more complicated.
When you start the game, you are more-or-less “neutral” with all NPC entities. Even with factions that are, lore-wise, hostile to you.
However, as you accept missions and destroy NPCs your standings with various factions will change.
Destroy Ammarian/Caldari NPCs, you lose standings with those factions and gain standings with Minmatar/Gallente. The opposite is also true.
Shoot NPC pirates, lose standings with pirate NPCs and gain with the empire factions (Amarr/Caldari/Gallente/Minmatar)
If you have done a few missions already, don’t fret. It takes A LOT to lose enough standings with a faction to cause problems.
The magic number you are looking for is -5.0 standings with a faction.
Also… faction standings are NOT the same as Security Status.
Security Status is VERY different and has MUCH bigger ramifications that start earlier.
Don’t get too comfortable with agents giving you stuff. Those are freebies to get you started.
Unless you decide to start manufacturing things yourself (would not recommend, too many headaches) almost everything will be coming from the market (and by extension, other players).
As time goes on and you find things you like to do. And you can earn money doing these things.
Mission are a pretty consistent source of ISK. But they do have a “ceiling” in terms of their time-to-money ratio. One can only be so efficient at them.
(note: As an Alpha player, you are shooting for Level 3 missions)
– Incursions/Invasions are similar to missions but are more multi-player focused. And instead of ISK you will be earning Loyalty Points… which can be redeemed for various high-value items in stations.
Exploration is more chance based. Some days you will find nothing. Other days, you will hit a large pay-day. And other days you will lose your ship (as the most lucrative exploration sites are in the “riskier” areas of the game).
Do you like harvesting stuff?
– Ice Mining
– Gas Huffing
– Shooting certain NPCs for certain high-value items (e.g. Tags, modules, weapons, salvage materials, etc)
You can provide services to others.
– Are you good with photoshop? Start doodling things for people you meet, build a reputation, and earn commissions.
– Do you like subterfuge? Start infiltrating corporations, build trust, and sell out their secrets to their rivals. Or just steal anything that isn’t pinned down and sell it on the market.
(see also: acting)
– Do you have a “silver tongue?” Try working your way diplomatically into a group and put it to work. Make deals. Earn trust. Be the negotiator. Get “freebies” from the group’s profits.
– Have good taste in music? Be a DJ and ask for donations!
(Note: The best part about finding a “service niche” is that your character’s skills literally don’t matter. These are “real world” skills!)