Balthagor is right, Tkobo is the econ guy you want. read through the economy threads or send him a PM.
Two simple tips related to production. No matter how painful economically at first, build whatever you have to to become as self sufficient as possible. Imports bad, exports good.
That is the second thing, find something you can make money selling, and maximize that industry. You do not want to become dependent on exports, but they are a good way to make some cash while you finish the rest of your economy.