I spent some time doing some bad math. What I have been trying to do is use public courier contracts to decrease my overhead with TCS. This comes back to the office problem. I figured if I could skim ISK off of the transport costs of Red Frog I could pour them into the office fee and keep everything as it is with running TCS.
The biggest barrier I have experienced is the fact that my contracts are off the beaten path. I often hear people say their public contracts are picked up in hours and moved. Well, when doing moves between hubs that is true. I don't move between hubs. I move from a hub to a random place in space. It is only five jumps away from Rens but it is still somewhat far away.
And this makes my poor little marketeering heart sad.
My problem is how many contracts I make. I'm up to about a dozen a week. A billion ISK is my top. As I write this I am about to restock about three billion ISK in items. I have a billion ISK waiting in Teon to be stocked that only arrived in the last hours of the three day contract.
I've also realzied something else. My courier path leads through not one but two ganking systems.
This was made clearer as I was doing a hauling run myself and landed on the Aufey gate. Two Machariel landed directly after me and jumped. I was not fast enough to catch the pilot information.
Was it innocent or not? Machariels are popular mission boats after all. Yet there I was, frozen in place wondering if I was jumping to my gank. I warped off, checked the killboard, gave it an hour and continued on my way. I have a market to keep stocked after all.
The Machariel incident made me realize that my contracts may look even worse.
Maybe I need to seperate modules and hulls. That way every single contract will not require freighter?
Anyway, I did have a nice conversation with plo of Gallactic Hauling Solution's about the state of contracts for space trucking corporations.
Anyway, back to the drawing board.