This is a tough nugget to crack. Remember; Arms Lore and Item ID are required for high end crafting.
If you are starting fresh make sure your first character has tinkering. Also, you will want a bonded mount. Start by mining a shitload of ore (2,000+) and take it to town to sell. Set it up on the consigment system (in Britain just sell to the tinker north of the bank). In day or two someone will buy it and you will have seed money - now get 2 pack animals. The first one you will want to feed, then stable. Leave him alone for one week, feed after a week is up, then use him. Second will be interim pack animal. I will post my two main crafting guys and some tips soon.