I'm currently a fairly high skilled mission runner / carebear type that has rarely ventured out of hisec space. On top of typical amarr skills for running a very well fitted paladin and legion, with 5's in almost all relevant skills, I also can fly a well fitted crane (for hauling) and hulk/mackinaw.
I would like to crosstrain into industrial skills and after spending an hour chasing around my home region looking for BPC copy facilities, I decided it would probably be better to set up a POS for copying, invention and maybe some light manufacturing.
I would only want it to be lightly profitable, maybe making 400m isk per month, but if it requires a research alt then I would like it to be able to generate 600m+ isk per month to pay the alt's subscription.
I have done a lot of research on this to decide whether I wanted to pursue it further, but I wasn't able to find much, if any, information on the current climate, as all of my information was 6 months to 3 years old.
What's the current economic feasibility of building a POS in 0.7 or so empire space?*
I've also heard that griefer corps, for lack of a better term, like to wardec and pop POS belonging to solo corps. Are other corps wardec-ing a real risk if you intentionally pick a moon that's undesirable for resources as you would just be using it for research?
*When I say economic feasibility, I'm basically asking if I will probably break even spending maybe 15-30 minutes a day on this with a fuel run every other week vs this just being a complete and total money sink and waste of time.
**Note on the maths:
A small tower should require a badger load of fuel blocks every 2 weeks, as my badger holds 20k m^3. Medium tower would need fuel every 7 or so days, and large 3.5-4 days.
I noticed I just earned "popular question" for this topic, so I'll update it with more info.
I learned since then that you can have three alts for manufacturing and research on one account. A half decent POS can support enough slots to keep all three alts busy easily, even in empire.
If you research your markets well, research your BPOs well, and get a freighter, or even multiple accounts with freighters, then you can stand to make 10+ bil per month, with maybe 1 hour per day of work if you have multiple hauling accounts. A large POS costs <400m per month in fuel costs, so even if you're PLEXing 3 accounts, it's well worth the cost.
Also note, you can't moon-mine in hisec, so don't even worry about that.