Although Avalon has hundreds of methods of earning gold, a new character will desire a fast and easy method of earning enough to afford to outfit himself. You would be advised to request aid from one of the elders of your city - type CITIZENS to see which fellow citizens are playing Avalon while you are. They will normally be only too happy to show you a few easy methods of earning small sums of gold. All of the cities have folk desiring items or simple tasks performed and most reward the person who executes it with gold. Gragnor and Pandion of Thakria, Sevenius and Thandrades of Mercinae, Walrus and Augustine of Parrius, Tressilias and Betsy of Silverfalls: these are just a few of the CCCs able to dole out quests for their citizens.
Check out HELP QUESTS for details on broader quest acquisition and completion, many of which will have gold rewards. See HELP TRADING for an overview of trading commoditieds about the land - a very popular method by which individuals use their business acumen and courage to sell for profit. There are also dozens of ongoing 'needs' in the cities and villages of the land which, if you successfully help out, you will often be financially rewarded. See, for instance, HELP CHARITY, HELP NETS, HELP SALT, HELP MARKETS for just a handful of such tasks/aidwork you could perform for quick and easy acquisition of gold.