I found fairly quickly when I started to bake that there are a few pieces of baking equipment that are must have items. All of the pieces of equipment are easy to obtain in most local shops, and speciality shops for some of the more specific equipment.
I started out by mixing solely with an electric stand mixer. I stopped using the mixer because I found that it spent far too much time mixing the dough to the consistency that I wanted. I switched to hand mixing, at first,I found it very difficult to mix by hand to get the results I wanted. Persistence and research paid off, after all, bread had been made centuries long before the electric mixer existed.