Curious, are you discussing settlements or small hamlets that aren’t seen as big enough to be worth hunting up by the average player and don’t get to sell items to get coins? I’ve seen some settlements that are nice size and have small shops and have beacons around them close by but no bases so am assuming that they are there just so a player can get footfall as others pass.
There are several out of the way small bases that never get footfall and have items to sell that don’t get sold because they don’t have anyone travel past; are you planning on hunting them up?
I have gone exploring on planets, looking for things such as mushrooms or some large rock hills that have coal/lead showing so I can mine and have seen some really nice bases that have been, in my opinion, breathtaking in how they looked.
Just to clarify, you Do Not need to hunt up the small base my son and I have. We are doing fine. I want my coins from my labors of gathering, making and getting a fair price from the shops. Eventually we will either get a portal and set up to sell, or take it to a hub and sell it. We get around 30 coin a week which we find funny.