This guide will walk you through one of the best (but certainly not the easiest) way to make millions. There are plenty of ways to make a large sum of money, but this strategy takes away the majority of the grind. If you are a new player, I'd recommend not viewing this guide; there is so much that you can do in this game even without a fleet to rival the Navy, and it is actually much more fun to accidentally discover alien races with advanced technology.
This guide will throw spoiler after spoiler at you.
You will first be met by a screen, asking you to fill out your name. Do whatever you want here. Then, the easiest way to pay off the initial loan that I have found will be to choose the shuttle. Finish James' missions and find a system far away from Sol that has few surrounding systems.
- Gamma Corvi
Then you will want to accept missions without deadlines that are as far away as possible by landing on your planet and taking off again until you find one that suits you. If you can accept multiple, try and have all your missions in a cluster with at most two jumps between systems. Do this until you are no longer in debt.
Once you are no longer in debt, head to the wormhole in Ultima Thule; the system directly below the "O" in "Far North," and enter it. This leads to the Hai Territory, where the prices are very high but the outfits are some of the most space efficient in the game. We only need one outfit; the Quantum Keystone. This will be essential.
Now, farm special cargo missions until you have enough money to buy any ship better than a shuttle, as you will need the extra shields and hull for the next step (I'd personally recommend the Bounder).
Easy Jump Drive Strategy
Land on systems south of The Deep (like Tania Australis) to activate a specific mission, where you go investigate the Terminus system. Complete the mission and go back to Terminus, preferably with LOTS of free cargo space. Navigate your way to the Remnant and wait until you are offered the mission to help repel an invading Korath fleet. Pray to the RNG, and depart. Avoid combat at all costs. Loot disabled Korath ships for their jump drives, install one on your ship, and go to the Free Worlds. I'd recommend leaving with as many as you can carry, reloading your save if you don't max out your cargo with jump drives.
Once you are at the southern edge of the Free Worlds, you will notice systems outside human space. Jump to Coalition space and land. You will be required to do approximately 30 jobs for them before you can start purchasing stuff from there. Go to the 14 Pole system, and either repeat the instructions of "Starting Out" or take missions to the ring-worlds until you have enough money to buy a larger passenger ship, preferably the Kimek Spire. Then, equip the ship with as many bunk rooms as possible, with the previously mentioned ship capable of roughly 261 passengers. Then just run missions to the ring-worlds and you will soon be able to afford any ship, what with the fact that you can get several missions each worth three million credits with the same destination.