There are many ways to do business

Thanks to the jumpgates it has become possible to trade all over the galaxy. Each race and region needed different goods and items. As a merchant, with the right feeling for supply and demand, you can earn a lot of money. But be careful; not all goods are legal and many factions impose the death penalty on their possession and sale! If you want to build up a trading empire, you need more than just your own ship. You need your own fleet of merchants with good captains who are loyal to you. Only then you will one day have the reputation and capital to build your own stations.