A bit, though I play to relax and yes - my Type 9 is a truck.
The key is building up rep in a system by doing delivery or "source" missions where you are 2 hops or less away. The delivery stuff I would accept is <3000 tons as the Type 9 will hold 752, so that is four runs. Every so often you would get a "Source <1500 for 20+ million" type mission, which really helps. As a rule of thumb, 3 million per 1% between Tycoon and Elite.
Switching between the Type 9 and an Asp (80t) to do smaller runs (<160t) kept things varied. You end up getting "Deliver 3t" missions for 1.5m and the Asp is great for knocking a few of those off.
Also builds rank with the Fed or Empire. I'm Post Captain, 75% with the Federation. (Got King with the Empire a long time ago.)