GTA 5: How To Make Money Fast In GTA Online (2023)

In GTA Online, the difference between a common street criminal and an all-powerful crime lord is usually just a few million dollars. That can seem like a wide gap to close when you're just starting out or short on cash, but the full suite of modes, jobs, heists, and more in GTA Online means you'll likely always be earning money one way or another. Still, some missions are more lucrative than others. Here's how to make money fast in GTA Online.

Play modes offering bonus GTA$

GTA Online regularly offers extra cash for certain modes. This can be anything from stunt races to stealing cars to assassinating targets and more. At least a few times each month, Rockstar will highlight a mode or modes and reward you with bonus GTA$ for playing them. You can keep track of all the bonus cash on offer at any time on the Rockstar Social Club, the developer's social network for its many games.

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At the time of writing this guide for example, you can make three times as much cash as normal for completing Air Races. Find all jobs and modes within your in-game smartphone and jump into whichever path is paying top dollar. This is the most straightforward, approachable way to make money fast, though much grander paydays await further down this list.

Spin the wheel at the casino each day--but leave after that

GTA Online lets you gamble away your GTA$ at the Diamond Resort & Casino. You really shouldn't do that. But you should still stop at the casino every real-life day to spin its gift-giving Lucky Wheel. It offers prizes such as new clothing, vehicle discounts, and even a brand-new car from the casino showfloor. Some spins will also net you GTA$ or casino chips.

Our suggestion: Don't spend the chips. Trade them back in for more money. While the casino's ultimate owners--Take-Two Interactive, really--would love you to buy into a few games of chance, doing so is most likely going to be a way to lose money fast, not earn it. Pocket any earnings the wheel gets you, then seek more cash elsewhere in the city.

Complete Treasure Hunts

GTA Online has a particular mission strand that exist as a nod to Red Dead Redemption. Randomly while exploring Los Santos, you may get an email from a mysterious "Vanderlinde" (Dutch, is that you?) who will send you a cryptic sepia-toned photo of a secret loot drop in the city. You'll then be given a vague area to search for a clue--a note clung to a tree, pole, or some other surface. That note will then give you three more clues to explore. Once you've found all three clues, you'll be given the location of your treasure.

While these Treasure Hunts reward modest sums, they also give you special weapons like a gold revolver, and they're not very intensive, making them a good bet for when you want to make some money but also reap other rewards quickly too.

Pick a career and climb the ladder to the top

While the above financial tips are good ways to make small but consistent money, these next two are really the focal points of GTAO's bustling in-game economy and gameplay loop. GTA Online offers a number of career paths for wannabe gangsters, kingpins, and corporate bigwigs. Deciding on a career path early, then focusing on building your empire is one of the best ways to find purpose early in GTA Online. Careers include becoming an executive, a gunrunner, a biker, and a nightclub owner, and your character's path through Los Santos is largely up to you (and maybe sometimes to griefers).

Each business will need to start from the bottom and involves investing in the right career-building properties like offices, bunkers, MC clubs, and nightclubs for each respective career, but in time you'll be able to make plenty of money doing any of them. You can even change careers if you want to.

If one career is better than the rest, we'd argue it's the executive path. Going that route allows you to buy warehouses where you can source and export cargo such as vehicles. Selling cars in GTA Online is a fan-favorite way to make heaps of money quickly.

The trick is to fill your warehouse with low- and mid-tier vehicles. Your missions will always involve sourcing or exporting cars valued more than those you have already collected in your warehouse. Essentially, you'll be forcing the game's somewhat randomly generated cargo missions to favor the top-end vehicles, giving you the best possible paydays. If you're strictly in it for the cash, that's arguably your best bet, but you'll be doing a lot of career-related missions, so you may also want to consider picking the career you find the most fun.

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Executives sell cargo, gunrunners steal goods, bikers manufacture drugs, and nightclub owners run businesses and supervise staff. This last career is often considered the game's hardest career as it requires a lot of upfront money and the hiring of employees. Therefore, this is most likely going to be a career you may choose to switch to later in your GTA Online career, rather than one you'll start out with from day one in Los Santos.

The important thing to know about career-building in GTA Online is it's essential to any long-term player's plans. Think of your GTAO career as the story mode for the multiplayer suite. Whatever else you're doing--racing, TDM, et al--you should also be building your career. Some of the activities surrounding careers are passive, like hiring other players to do your dirty work, so you can make money without even actively engaging in some of the content. Not to sound too much like your parents, but you really should be planning for the future.

Take on heists, the game's biggest overall paydays

GTA Online Heists are the centerpiece of an ever-growing online suite of things to do and see, and it earned that distinction by being the game's biggest, most elaborate, and most lucrative missions. Heists are designed for co-op play and can't be taken on alone (with one exception, the Cayo Perico Heist), plus they need some early investment from you or your allied criminals, so this isn't something you can do right away as you arrive in Los Santos.

Instead, consider it something like an endgame. Once you've saved up roughly one million dollars in your GTA account, consider it time to plan out your first heist--and only after you've bought some of the heists' necessary properties and vehicles, such as an arcade for the Casino Heist or the Kosatka submarine for the Cayo Perico Heist. You'll need to embark on a number of planning missions before the final heist is ready to be attempted, and the entire process is challenging to say the least. Be sure to have a close-knit team, maintain voice comms if possible, and come loaded up on weapons and armor to survive.

Paydays for the game's eight available heists are enormous and make most other earnings look like the coins you'd find under your couch cushions. If done in order, most heists also earn you more than the previous heist. While heist payouts are based on a number of factors, such as how many players were involved, whether you've played it before, how well you performed, and on what difficulty you played, the best possible payouts for each heist are as follows:

GTA Online maximum heist payouts

  • The Fleeca Job: $143,750
  • The Prison Break: $500,000
  • The Humane Labs Raid: $675,000
  • Series A Funding: $505,000
  • The Pacific Standard Job: $1.25M
  • Doomsday: $812,500 (Act 1), $1,187,500 (Act 2), $1.5M (Act 3)
  • The Diamond Casino: $3.61M (diamonds), $2.84M (gold), $2.58M (artwork), $2.32M (cash)
  • Cayo Perico: $4.57M

Clearly these missions are the best possible lump sums in the game, but given their high barrier for entry, they aren't going to be what gets you off the ground early in Los Santos. The most effective use of your time is going to be to start building your career from day one, fill downtime with the game's easy (but modest) paydays, and build up to your eventual role as a crime lord and thief extraordinaire. Time is money in Los Santos. Spend your time wisely and the money will pour in.

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FAQs

What is the most profitable way to make money in GTA Online? ›

While heists can be somewhat difficult, they can be the most profitable money-making method in the game with an experienced team. The final payout of heists are some of the biggest in the game. While the host of the heist doesn't get paid for the setup missions, they do get a bigger payout in the end.

How to make a bunch of money on GTA v Online? ›

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What makes most money in GTA Online? ›

1) Heists. Heists in GTA Online are the best way of making money in the game. Players can start these heists by getting a high-end apartment or buying specific properties in case of the last three heists. Payouts for the heists are high, and they require a setup charge as well as a few setup missions to get started.

Can you rob banks GTA Online? ›

One of the grand heists you can commit and earn big bucks in GTA 5 is robbing the bank. Depending on the bank and difficulty level, you can earn anywhere between $30k and $5M or more, as opposed to the $30 to $120 you typically get from robbing people at the ATM.

How can I make cash fast? ›

19 Ways to Find Fast Cash
  1. Sell spare electronics. ...
  2. Sell your gift cards. ...
  3. Pawn something. ...
  4. Work today for pay today. ...
  5. Seek community loans and assistance. ...
  6. Ask for forbearance on bills. ...
  7. Request a payroll advance. ...
  8. Take a loan from your retirement account.

How do you rob in GTA 5? ›

Gamers should know that it's easy to rob stores in GTA 5 and Online. Both games use a nigh identical world map, featuring the same convenience stores for one to rob. The process is pretty simple: The player just needs to point a gun at the clerk to get the money.

What is the easiest way to make money in GTA Online Solo? ›

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How can I make fast money online? ›

How to make money online
  1. Pick up freelance work online. ...
  2. Test websites and apps. ...
  3. Pick up tasks on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. ...
  4. Take surveys for money. ...
  5. 5. Make money from your blog as an affiliate. ...
  6. Sell your wares on Etsy. ...
  7. Get advertising revenue from your blog or YouTube channel. ...
  8. Become an Instagram influencer.

Who has the most money in GTA 5? ›

#1 Yusuf Amir

You know... we were just having a little creative meeting and things went a bit crazy and I somehow lost my pants! Yusuf Amir is perhaps the most affluent man in the GTA series. He works as a real estate developer and appears in The Ballad of Gay Tony as the Tritagonist.

Which business is best in GTA 5 Online? ›

The 8 Best Businesses To Run In GTA Online
  1. 1 Warehouse: Special Cargo (Crates)
  2. 2 Arcade: Casino Heists. ...
  3. 3 Bunker: Weapon Production/Sales. ...
  4. 4 Coke Lock Up: Coke Sales. ...
  5. 5 Vehicle Warehouse: Vehicle Import/Export. ...
  6. 6 Nightclubs: After Hours Entertainment. ...
  7. 7 Weed Farm: Growing/Selling. ...
  8. 8 Counterfeit Cash Factory: Printing Money. ...
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How do you get money on GTA 5 online without heists? ›

Here is a quick list of ways to make money without partaking in heists in GTA Online: Running a business. Time Trials.
...
Jobs
  1. Selecting Online.
  2. Selecting Jobs.
  3. Selecting Play Job.
  4. Selecting Rockstar Created. From Rockstar Created, pick any category and job that you want to do.
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What happens if you rob every store in GTA Online? ›

Robbing all the stores earns the player the Stick Up Kid achievement/trophy and the Armed Robber award, with unlocks all variations of the "Clown with gun" back tattoo (award and tattoo progression incremented at 5, 10, 15 and 20 robberies).

How do you rob an ATM in GTA 5? ›

Most ATM robberies occur near banks, gas stations, clothing stores, etc and your job is to kill the thief that has stolen the poor victim's wallet/purse. Simply ram your vehicle into the thief to hurt them and then get out of the vehicle and gun them down (they pack heat, so don't hesitate to shoot them).

How do you sell stolen cars in GTA 5? ›

To sell a car in GTA V story mode, follow these steps:
  1. Find the car you want to sell by stealing it. ...
  2. Bring up your map and look for a Los Santos Customs location. ...
  3. Drive to the Los Santos Customs and pull inside.
  4. Select sell car and the money will be put into your account.
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How can I make $10000 fast? ›

24 Ways to Make $10,000 Fast
  1. Get a New Bank Account. ...
  2. Open a Credit Card. ...
  3. Transfer Funds to a New Brokerage Account. ...
  4. Invest in Real Estate (Roofstock, Fundrise, etc.) ...
  5. Rent Out Your Home Space. ...
  6. Teach Your Skills Privately. ...
  7. Sell Unwanted Jewelry. ...
  8. Sell Your Stuff.
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How can I double my money? ›

Here are some options to double your money:
  1. Tax-free Bonds. Initially tax- free bonds were issued only in specific periods. ...
  2. Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) ...
  3. Corporate Deposits/Non-Convertible Debentures (NCD) ...
  4. National Savings Certificates. ...
  5. Bank Fixed Deposits. ...
  6. Public Provident Fund (PPF) ...
  7. Mutual Funds (MFs) ...
  8. Gold ETFs.

How can I get money online for free? ›

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  1. Become a virtual assistant.
  2. Do research online.
  3. Transcribe audio and video files.
  4. Set up a Patreon.
  5. Review websites and apps.
  6. Join an affiliate program.
  7. Launch a YouTube channel.
  8. Participate in focus groups.
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What is the fastest way to make money in GTA Online 2021? ›

How to make money faster in GTA 5 Online 2022
  1. Heists: Fastest way to make money in GTA 5 Online. Hands down, Heists are the fastest and easy way to make money in GTA 5 Online. ...
  2. Special & Vehicle Cargo jobs. Special & Vehicle Cargo. ...
  3. Gunrunning/Motorcycle Club. Gunrunning and Motorcycle Club. ...
  4. VIP Work. VIP Work. ...
  5. Time Trials.
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How do you get millions of dollars on GTA 5? ›

Usually a go-to for many GTA Online fans to make a quick million dollars are the Diamond Casino Heist and the Cayo Perico Heist, which will earn a huge total sum within an hour. However, the precursor to doing these jobs requires gamers to have purchased the Arcade or Submarine beforehand.

How can I make fast money online? ›

How to make money online
  1. Pick up freelance work online. ...
  2. Test websites and apps. ...
  3. Pick up tasks on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. ...
  4. Take surveys for money. ...
  5. 5. Make money from your blog as an affiliate. ...
  6. Sell your wares on Etsy. ...
  7. Get advertising revenue from your blog or YouTube channel. ...
  8. Become an Instagram influencer.

Can you make real money on GTA 5 Online? ›

Gamers can make real money playing GTA 5, its multiplayer counterpart, and Grand Theft Auto RP. This is primarily possible through uploading videos online or livestreaming. Many RP streamers' earnings have been made public online, either voluntarily or as a result of data leaks.

How do I redeem my 500k in GTA Online? ›

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How do you get a loan on GTA 5 Online? ›

The money will go into the Negative zone and the money display counter will turn red (Sort of like what happened in GTA San Andreas when gambling).
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A great solution to this would be:
  1. $1M is the maximum amount you can request for.
  2. You must be at least level 100 to request a loan.
  3. One month gap between different loans.
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Is Cayo Perico the best money method? ›

The Cayo Perico Heist being nerfed by Rockstar was one of the biggest reservations that players had about this update before it came out. The heist has been regarded as the best moneymaker in the game for long, especially for solo players.

Is there money cheat in GTA 5? ›

While GTA 5 features an extensive list of cheats for all sorts of other things, none of them let you add money. That's right, there is no GTA 5 money cheat.

What is the easiest way to make money in GTA Online Solo? ›

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How to make a million GTA Online? ›

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How can I make 50 dollars fast? ›

Here they are:
  1. 1) Make $50 Fast Taking Surveys at Survey Junkie.
  2. 2) Collect a $10 Sign Up Bonus at Swagbucks.
  3. 3) Get $50 Right Now with Solitaire Cube.
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  5. 5) Make $50 Fast for Playing Games with Mistplay.
  6. 6) Make $50 Fast Searching the Web with InboxDollars.
26 Jul 2022

How can I make 100 dollars fast? ›

11 Easy Ways to Make $100 Dollars Fast
  1. Get Paid for Your Opinion.
  2. Sign Up Bonuses & Cash Back Rewards.
  3. Selling Jewelry & Other Items Online.
  4. Participate in Research or Focus Groups.
  5. Become a Freelancer.
  6. Rent Out a Spare Room or Extra Space.
  7. Drive for a Rideshare.
  8. Start a Side Hustle.
22 Jul 2022

How can I earn $100 a day? ›

How to make $100 a day: 36 creative ways to make money
  1. Take part in research (up to $150/hour) ...
  2. Get paid to take surveys. ...
  3. Become a shopper. ...
  4. Get paid to watch videos online. ...
  5. Download this app and make money by going online. ...
  6. Get paid to play games online. ...
  7. Make an extra $100 pet sitting. ...
  8. Teach anything online to kids.
8 Sept 2022

How do you get money on GTA 5 online without heists? ›

Here is a quick list of ways to make money without partaking in heists in GTA Online: Running a business. Time Trials.
...
Jobs
  1. Selecting Online.
  2. Selecting Jobs.
  3. Selecting Play Job.
  4. Selecting Rockstar Created. From Rockstar Created, pick any category and job that you want to do.
18 Aug 2022

How do I pick a job in GTA 5? ›

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How do you invest in GTA 5? ›

There are two stock trading websites in GTA 5, which can be accessed using the Internet browser on your smartphone. They are: BAWSAQ and LCN Exchange.
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The Multi Target Assassination.
Key StocksExchangePotential Return
DebonaireLCN Exchange~60%
Redwood CigarettesLCN Exchange~300%
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