To start with, I am simply trying to learn the steps involved with a simple merchant transport/transaction. My plan is to initially just practice the steps of loading cargo, transport, and delivery. Then calculate the profit after all expenses and move on to the next one. Then start to figure out additional details such as fuel and distance the implications of refueling for longer trips. Finally, layering in additional character mechanics such as locating cargo and negotiating prices. Once I get comfortable with that level of mechanics, I will start to add in random events during the trip. I have been able to follow the base steps for creating characters. I just have not been able to get to the next step.

I have been reading as much as possible (blogs and books) and watching youtube videos, but I still can't seem to get it. My problem is I am not able to figure out the basic repeatable steps. Everything I am reading only provides the high level "what" steps, but not the "how" steps I need to start. The amount of information in the books is a little overwhelming as a beginner so far. Is there a step by step section in one of the books I can use to follow my simple plan? I am happy to pick up the resource I need. Or is there a source of information somewhere else (Internet) I can leverage? I am trying to reduce it down to something like this to begin with:

1. Dock ship [roll 2d6 + INT; success = > 6]

2. Locate cargo [roll ...]

a. sub-steps for determining if cargo fits?

b. additional room for transporting mail or people? locate them, negotiate, ...

3. Determine distance, days in transport [have no idea how to do this]

4. Negotiate cargo [roll? ...]

5. Travel [arrival on time or late?] Add random events or encounters in future at this step

6. Dock ship in new location [roll ]

7. Unload, get paid, pay expenses, calculate profit

8. Finding the next cargo load...

Overall, I think it is pretty basic. As I layer in more and more detail and randomness, I hope to gain the experience through practice I am looking for. The materials I have available to me are:

GDW Traveller Starter Edition

Supplement 1: 1001 Characters

I have The Traveller Book (1982) arriving this week

Everything else I have been using online resources. Any help/advice to jump start me would be much appreciated.