Took me a while, but I finally figured out how to make money in Elite:Dangerous in the basic ship!
1: Launch from Azeban City
2: Cruise to High Conflict Zone
3: Join the Eranin against the Federation
5: Profit! :D
I know I have the two Pulse Lasers there, but it took me roughly the same amount of time to get the first 2000 credits to buy it! :)