How to Make Money in GTA 5 Online

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In the world of Grand Theft Auto cash is king.

The entire point of the game is to make more money, so it goes without saying the faster you earn it, the better. But just like real life, if you want to make money in GTA 5 quickly, you have to work for it. Of course, you can always go and buy a GTA Online Shark Card for real money to add more green to your bank account, but where’s the fun in that?

If you want to buy the Buzzard or an Armoured Kuruma (2 must-haves), then you’ll need some cash. The beautiful thing is that having those vehicles will only make it easier for you to make even more money.

Believe it or not, there are ways you can make money fast in GTA V online without spending countless hours to raise your bank balance slowly. After a few hours, you’ll realize you need to step up your game if you ever want to move up in the world. To help you make the most of your time and get GTA V rich, we’ve rounded up the most profitable way to make money in GTA Online so that you can make the most of your time.

Ways to Make Money in GTA 5 Online

Take Advantage of Special Events

Believe it or not, GTA Online actually wants you to be rich. Unlike other online games, GTA V doesn’t hesitate to award players with big bucks. Most of the time you can find a special event on the home screen that’s offering double money if you take part in them. Taking part in double money events at more significant difficulties is a great way to have fun and make big money without feeling like you’re doing a chore. Sometimes you’ll be required to take part in the adversary mode, sometimes races and more.

To make things even better, double money rewards aren’t just limited to events. Sometimes you might also come across a double money week for business and money earning methods such as Vehicle Cargo sales and even heists, which are very rare but with an equally impressive reward.

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Get Involved in The Stock Market

If you need to make fast cash in GTA V story mode, then the stock market is the place to be. If you want to make serious money, then you’ll need to understand how the stock market works in the game and have a fair amount to invest in it.

After you start getting Assassination Missions from Lester, you’ll be targeting high profile corporation NPC’s. Every time you take one out, there’s a noticeable change in the stock market. By exploiting the circumstances of the missions, you can earn some extra cash. Here’s a detailed guide you can follow to make the most to make money from the GTA V stock market.

If you’ve heard of gamers who finish story mode with a massive pile of cash (hundreds of millions of $$), this is how they did it.

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Heists & Doomsday Heists

If you want to make money in GTA V online and offline then heists are where the money is at. Heists and doomsday heists can pay up to $400k per hour, making them one of the most lucrative ways to make money while having fun alone or with friends. Heists offer such a high payout for a reason; they’re hard. If the potential rewards weren’t high, then the stakes wouldn’t be worth it.

If you want to complete a heist successfully, then you need to have a high enough level and equipped with guns, armor, and a whole lot of bullets. Heists do require you to pay a high initial cost and doomsday heist even more, but if you can manage to complete a heist without messing up, then you’ll be making a lot more. Doomsday heists have a higher initial investment, but they can be done with 2 or 3 people. Make sure you have a reliable team because you’ll regret it if you’re the only person who knows what they’re doing.

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Open a Nightclub

With so many high paying activities happening all the time, it can be easy to forget about the small, yet steady income nightclubs bring. What makes a nightclub such a great way to earn money is that it brings you a fair amount per hour without you having to do anything.

Just like in real life, passive income can be intoxicating in the best way possible. You’re sitting at home watching TV when you get up to check the mail and find a check with a bunch of cash. Sure beats picking up extra hours at work and breaking your back, right? We think so too.

A nightclub acts as a passive income stream that you can set up once and forget about. If you play your cards right, you can even make up to $40k per hour passively, making it a more than worthwhile investment that will have long term benefits.

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Get Good Behind The Wheel

You can win up to $100k per race by winning Time trials and premium races that is if you’re good enough. For a premium race, it’ll cost you an investment of $20k, which you might end up losing if you aren’t good enough. You’ll be competing against seven other players which means if you want to earn $100k, then you’ll need to come in the first place, but you can still profit by coming in at second or third.

Similarly, time trials will also rely on your driving skills. All you have to do is get from one point to another without worrying about following any checkpoints in the shortest time to earn up to 50k after completing it successfully.

Getting good at these races takes time, and the best racers will know the courses and the steering dynamics of the game well. If you are the kind of gamer that LOVES racing games like Forza, Gran Turismo, F1, Dirt 4, etc., then you’ll have no excuse not to be crushing the race circuit. The best part is you’ll have pockets flush with cash so you can continue being your bad self.

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About the Author

Michael launched Your Money Geek to make personal finance fun. He has worked in personal finance for over 20 years, helping families reduce taxes, increase their income, and save for retirement. Michael is passionate about personal finance, side hustles, and all things geeky.