Making money as an Ironman account can be tough. Doing it all in free-to-play worlds is even harder. As you probably know, you will not be able to trade any other players or use the Grand Exchange to sell items. With the limitations of being a non-member, F2P money making can be very challenging in OSRS.
Possibly the best source of making money on a free-to-play Ironman account is crafting. Different types of jewelry will net you some decent profit from general stores. Of course to make jewelry, we’re going to need to mine either silver or gold.
To start out, we’re first going to need to achieve a Mining level of 20, and a Crafting level of at least 16. This can be accomplished fairly quickly using your bronze pickaxe from the start. You’ll want to start out smithing your ores into bars, then into armor, and selling it to the general store.
Once you have some money saved up, start killing cows and collecting cow hides. Use the money you saved to tan the hides and make your way up to 16 Crafting.
From here, purchase a holy mould and tiara mould (if you can afford it) from the crafting store in Al-Kharid. Start mining silver ore, smelting it into bars, and crafting unstrung symbols. These can be sold to the bandit store in the Wilderness for 120gp each.
The fastest way to do this is to mine your silver ore at the Varrock west mine and bank it. Once you have enough saved up, head to Al-Kharid to do your smelting and crafting.
If you’re an Ultimate Ironman, you’ll want to mine silver ore at the Al-Kharid mine, smelt and craft it at the furnace, and immediately sell it to a general store. The walk all the way to the wilderness is not worth it for ultimates.
Consider heading to the Dwarven Mines in Falador to purchase an upgraded pickaxe when you can afford it. At level 23 you can switch to crafting tiaras for more experience per hour, but less profit.
At level 40 Mining you can switch to crafting gold necklaces or gold amulets. It is best to mine the ore in the Dwarven Mines, bank, and smelt/craft your ores at Al-Kharid.
This method is significantly more money per hour, but much less crafting and smithing experience.
Looting Items in the Wilderness
An easy moneymaker that can be done at any level is looting steel item spawns in the Wilderness. This method is dangerous, but can get you some starting cash quickly. Just be aware of PKers!
Steel platelegs spawn at the Ruins in level 24 of the Wilderness. Steel platebodies spawn in the Lava Maze at level 45 of the Wilderness. In order to access the Lava Maze, make sure to bring a knife or weapon to cut the spider webs.
Steel platebodies will sell for 1,200gp each at the wilderness bandit store, while platelegs will sell for 600gp each.
The best way to do this is to make use of the quick-hop function of the game. You can use it to quickly hop to the other F2P worlds and pick up items without waiting for spawns. Unfortunately, because of this, and the low number of F2P worlds, it can often be crowded.
Stronghold of Security
Probably one of the most iconic ways to make some starting money for your Ironman. Travel to the Barbarian Village just west of Varrock and enter the hole in the center. Make your way to the center of each floor, collecting your rewards as you go.
Keep in mind that the final floor does not give any money, only your choice of fighting boots or fancy boots. If you decide to do this early on and are a low level, consider skipping the final floor.
If you didn’t die, you should escape with a quick 10,000gp to start off your account. It is advised to fish and cook some food before attempting this. Just in case!