I was finally able to get the game running, had to download the .p4k file separately because my delta patcher would stop mid-download and didn't handle the resume function well...
So, I began re-learning how to fly and the game mechanics to finally begin my trading runs yesterday. Little by little went from 5K to 55K using my Cutlass with Corundum runs from Levski to Olisar. All 46 SCU's filled cost ~13K and return ~20K(so about 50% profit).
I'm about to try diamonds for a couple runs, will report back.
Check out this trading run page if you haven't already: https://starcitizen.danielaburke.com/Trading
It was spotlighted by CIG's newsletter.