What is the best/easiest way to make money early on in the game?
legit? , with cheating the hidden chest at dawnstar, solitude or markath
legit- enchanting pick ups (CoW radiant quest) is the fastest, cleanest and honest way but is the must boring ( still better that cutting woods or any other job really & you will swiming in gold in no time), you can also do the thieve guild radiant quest like bedlam jobs & heist
with skills - is all about alchemy , enchanting is also good but both require alot of attention & gathering resources