I'm finding myself in an odd situation recently. I'll be the first to admit that I have limitations on my in-game knowledge, and I'm certainly prone to failure from time to time.
First, it was the PLEX investment that resulted in a whopping 6.7 billion isk loss. Then it was PLEXing my account for six months... at 1.1 bil each exactly two weeks before it dropped to around 950 million (I deem that another billion or so down the drain). Then there was the highly ill-advised and overly optimistic 3 billion isk loss on eve-bet. Penguins, Penguins... you underperformed on me...
All tolled, I'm down about 10 billion in the past month or so. This has - as you can imagine - thrown into sharp relief my need to earn some more isk.
So, I've started inventorying the means available to me.
My typical go-to strategy is cosmic signature ratting. But over the past month, CCP have clearly tweaked the loot tables to diminish both escalations (down by about 75% from what I've experienced over past severla years) and the loot drops (down by a more modest 50% or so). There's never a reference to this change in the patch notes, but the effects are obvious and certain nonetheless.
The recent increase in taxes/fees with Citadel has made trading far less favorable... at least for the moments between the increase in the taxes and the release of the first citadels, which should hopefully mitigate some of those problems. The blow to trading may be permanent, if third parties prove unwilling to risk a 10% relocation fee in cases where a citadel owner decides not to rebuild a destroyed citadel.
So, two of my isk sources are diminished. What could I do?
Incursions are out - I don't have the patience to fleet up with people for any reason beyond PvP, and my typical play time is limited to the point that I'm unwilling to wait around for hours to form up or get a spot.
Missions? I've tried level 5 missions before, but found them to be poor return on my time than any other activity, particularly as a result of the need to convert all that LP into something worthwhile. Besides, the danger of moving a carrier around can't be overlooked, and if you fly around in a carrier, you'll eventually lose it, which needs to be accounted for as well.
Cosmic anomalies? Beyond the time concern, now we have dreads and carriers to content with which, by all accounts, break all the rules you might assume would apply from your PvP experience. They web and scram out further than typical, can track much better than usual, and have better lock times. Seeing that I tend to rat while PvPing on my other character... no thank you.
I suppose scamming folks or stealing everything not nailed down in your corp can give you a quick infusion of cash. But, I've spoken before about how I just don't have it in me to scam people. I'm just not built that way, and can't bring myself to screw folks over that way.
So, I put it to you. How are you earning your isk today (not a month ago)? What's your rate of return (be sure to include the time it takes to get to, set up, and come back from whatever it is you're doing)?