The base building in NMS is pretty simple with a slick interface. There’s really not very much to it in terms of complexity. The main reason I started a base was to a) get the nice blueprints and b) be able to set up a farm to get lots of money quickly because I wanted a freighter. Now that I have one, I don’t spend much time on the farm at all.
The nice thing is you can just ignore all the base and farming stuff (beyond doing the base tutorials for the blueprints) and do whatever parts of the game interest you instead. After you upgrade your exosuit visor/scanner you can probably make all the money you need by just exploring and scanning new stuff for the cash. Or you can just do bounty hunting if you like the combat and killing pirates. The mission board can also pay out a lot at higher rankings. Or, you can follow the main story paths.
I find the game is a bit like playing an MMO solo in that there’s a variety of stuff to do and so you just do what you like or feel like doing that day. How I play the game may be a lot different than how others play it and that’s fine. There’s no time pressure and I find the game very relaxing to play.