I've been able to rock level 2 missions and turn a profit but when I moved up to level 3 missions I generally spend more money on ammo/drones/repairs than I get from salvaging and mission rewards. What should I be doing to maximize my income while reducing the cost associated with doing missions. Repairs alone can sometimes be a million isk with mission rewards being only a few hundred thousand. Essentially, what should my fitting and combat behavior be so that I don't break the bank while playing the game.
Melissa Blick [ Editor ]
You should NOT be paying for repairs. As others pointed out, make sure you are fitting a proper tank (either shield or armor) with good resists to whatever enemies you are fighting.
From the 1mil isk repair costs, it sounds like you are flying a cruiser/bc and taking armor/hull damage. Armor damage can be repaired with an armor repairer for free. Fit one in your low slot, undock and activate it. You should see it cycling and repairing your armor. Redock when you are done, and fit your normal tank again. Congrats, you just saved yourself a million isk!
Similarly, there are hull repair modules which will repair hull damage. Note that if your ship is shield tanked, and taking armor/hull damage, you really should fit a better tank.