"EVE Online" Business Arc Guide: Balancing the Books (9 & 10)

Updated on July 14, 2020
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Balancing the Books (9 of 10)

Balancing the Books (9 of 10)
Balancing the Books (9 of 10) | Source

This guide and video walkthrough will cover the Business Career arc mission, Balancing the Books (9 of 10), in the video game MMO EVE Online. Within you will find information on completing your objective along with rewards and any other relevant details.


  • Acquire Goods: 2 x 1MN Afterburner I (10.0m3)
  • Drop off Location (Agent's Station)


The second-to-last mission in the Balancing the Books business career arc chain in EVE Online repeats some of the market principles you've learned earlier in the arc. Covered before in mission six, this task reinforces the importance of arbitrage, which is defined as the the simultaneous purchasing and selling of the same commodities in different markets, earning a profit due to the price differences in each. Simply put, it's the process of buying low to sell high.

In this mission, your agent will task you with acquiring a pair of 1MN Afterburner I modules and delivering them to his or her station. Considering how cheap these modules are and the value of the rewards, which exceeds their typical market price, the fastest way is to buy them off the market.

Using the market.
Using the market. | Source

Since the cargo is small enough, you can easily make your purchase run in a shuttle, bypassing the need for the Expanded Cargohold I mod given to you upfront for this mission. However, like before, you can easily make a profit by purchasing a large supply of the modules and selling the extras at the station where you performed the mission, thereby selling to other capsuleers progressing through the chain. Typically, the best prices you can find for these mods in bulk, like with most items, will be trade hub systems such as Amarr or Jita.

One final note: Make sure to acquire the items for your agent before even accepting the mission to keep yourself from having to potentially rush to meet the bonus time, especially if you want to source a large supply of the mods for reselling from a distant system.


  • 1 x Expanded Cargohold I (granted upfront)
  • 1 x Production Efficiency (skill book)
  • 20,000 Isk bonus (26 minutes)
  • +0.0503 % corporation standing

Balancing the Books (9 of 10) Video Guide (HD)

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EVE Online Career Arc Guide Navigation

Career Arc Main Index
- Balancing the Books:

Balancing the Books (10 of 10)

Balancing the Books (10 of 10)
Balancing the Books (10 of 10) | Source


  • Acquire Goods:
    • Caldari: 5,000 x Scourge Rocket (25.0m3)
    • Amarr: (50) x Infared S
    • Minmatar: (5,000) x EMP S
    • Gallente: 5,000 x Antimatter Charge S
  • Drop off Location (Agent's Station)

Thanks go to: Skorpys (Gallente objective)


The purpose of the final mission in the Balancing thew Books business arc of EVE Online wraps up the series by introducing you to applied manufacturing. Your agent will provide you with a Blue Print Copy (BPC), which, when used along with the proper minerals needed, is utilized in the manufacturing of various goods. In this case, you'll be manufacturing different types of ammo, dependent on which race you are performing the mission for.

Although BPCs always have a limited number of "runs" or how many items they can be used to produce before being consumed, there will be far more runs on the BPC you are granted than is needed to produce the requested quantity of finished goods. Further details on the actual manufacturing process can be found in both the video and in-game tutorial.


If you are interested in getting this mission out of the way as soon as possible, remember that you can always acquire the ammo you need from the marketplace and use the BPC to produce more that you can resell later. Again, like with the other "acquire item" missions, you should sell them in the station where you did the mission since other players doing the chain will be looking for them. This also helps secure the substantial bonus Isk reward; even though you have a long time to claim it, waiting to manufacture the items takes awhile in itself, and you may want to travel elsewhere during that time.

Finally, being the last mission in the chain, this one presents you with the greatest rewards thus far. Beyond the BPC, which can be used to start a career in manufacturing and industry, you will be granted one of the the lowest level of tech I industrial ships (also dependent on the race whom you are doing the missions for). Besides being worth a nice chunk of money on their own, these ships are incredibly useful and designed for the hauling of batches of goods over long distances.

The Badger industrial ship.
The Badger industrial ship. | Source


  • 1 x Blueprint Copy (R: 200, ML: 5, PL: 2) (granted)
    • Caldari: Scourge Rocket BPC
    • Amarr: Infared S
    • Minmatar: EMP S
    • Gallente: Antimatter Charge S
  • 1 x Racial Industrial Ship
    • Caldari: Badger
    • Amarr: Sigil
    • Minmatar: Wreathe
    • Gallente: Iteron
  • 295,000 Isk bonus (6 hours)
  • +4.2857% corporation standing
  • +1.5% faction standing

Balancing the Books (10 of 10) Video Guide (HD)

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