I have done a little research since I started playing a week ago and find myself interested in the deepness of FFXI's crafting system. Therefore, I want to start a craft. I have narrowed it down to smithing, alchemy, and gold smithing, but cannot decide which to work on. In addition to all the following info, I play on Bahamut.
Alchemy- I think that making consumables would be useful for many fights and quests, and would possibly be lucrative as well.
Smithing- Maybe creating my own armor would be good, too? I have heard that smithing is awful, though, so...
Gold smithing- I have heard that this is the literal gold mine of crafts, but it takes a LOAD of gil to get started. I am a level 19, so don't know if this is true or not.
If you would, please help me pick and give the pros and cons of each of the above. I know that crafting is expensive regardless and I will have trouble funding it, but would like to begin stockpiling mats in advance. Thanks!