Look into BIAB. It truly is the best way to go to get started, except maybe for the Dennybrew cooler method. Look into both and choose the one that suits you best. I do both.
Also take into consideration smaller batch size. If you don't drink like a fish then this can make your brew day and equipment needs SO much easier. Over the years, I've gone from 5 gallon batches to 3 gallons, then 2.5 for many years, and now 1.7. This way I get to brew more often and have a lot more variety, which I love, and my brew days are as short as 3.5-4 hours. Otherwise with your standard 5-gallon batch, you need bigger equipment and brew days tend to be at least 5 hours if not 5.5 or 6. With smaller batches, it is very very cheap and easy to BIAB.