For some reason I get a lot of questions about industry, I bet it's because I own a POS and dabble in manufacturing a bit.
I say dabble because as most of you know, I make way too many runs to Jita when starting my jobs for the coming few days. And a real industrialist wouldn't be doing it as much as I do.
I go to Jita to get my materials, go back to my home system, try and start the job only to notice that I forgot a few things back in Jita. That's one of those things I should have grown out of ages ago.
A friend of mine decided that it was time to start a new alt and try out manufacturing himself, so he asked me and a few others for hints/tips.
I told him the four step plan that I kind of use or should use;
1) Gather material
2) Bring material to place of manufacturing
3) Start manufacturing
I admit that this makes it sound easy, but in general, manufacturing isn't all that hard. You just need the correct skills, a few bpo's, the materials and the place to manufacture.
Once you want to go to T2 manufacturing it gets a bit harder and the skills you need take a bit of training, but in the end it's all pretty straight forward.
Just make sure that if you do go into manufacturing, try not to flood the market. I've done it a few times when I first started, and that kind of thing eats quite a bit of your profit.