Oh my goodness I just remembered something crucial. You should find someone with a T-9 like myself to let you fly around with them on their trade runs. When you are in a wing you earn a trade dividend of 5% of the total profit so with me it would be at least 22-30k per jump.
I don't remember if that is a lot of money for someone starting out but it sounds like a lot. Send me a PM if you are interested.