The Best Way to Make Money in Grand Theft Auto Online: September 2016

Welcome to another edition of Best Way To Make Money, a series where we analyse ways to make money – both legitimate and illegitimate – in Grand Theft Auto Online using first-person point-of-view (FPvP) gameplay. This month we’re going to dive into some of the more lucrative opportunities that are available to you as a professional criminal in Liberty City.

How To Make Money In A Job

One of the most reliable ways to earn money in GTAO is by taking up a job. With a little bit of planning and research, you can find a steady stream of cash coming in each and every day. There are several different job opportunities that you can take up, from running errands for money-hungry NPCs, to stealing cars for wealthy individuals and corporations, to selling illegal goods on the black market.

Delivery Boy

Delivery boys are one of the more fun jobs to take up in GTAO. All you need to do is get a ride from one location to another, where you’ll exchange goods with passing trucks and bikes for cash. On your first trip, the driver will hand you an unmarked wallet which you should deliver to an associate of his later on in the game. Make several deliveries in a row and you’ll start to amass a small amount of money. You can then purchase a phone call to make another delivery.


Sniping is one of the most challenging jobs in GTAO. You’ll have to take out hostile targets such as cops and military personnel with your rifle. Each trip to a different location will net you a certain amount of money, but it’s really up to how skilled you are at hitting your targets. Every now and then, you’ll encounter a “legitimate target”, which is usually a high-profile person or company. These are usually worth a lot of money, so be careful when you take them down.


Thieves are pretty straightforward in GTAO. You’ll have to rob your targets by breaking into their homes, cars, and businesses. As a professional criminal, you can start to steal large sums of money from those who can afford it. Be careful not to get caught by the authorities, or you’ll be facing a lengthy stint in prison. Once you’ve stolen the money, you have a variety of ways to invest, save, and spend on a luxurious lifestyle. You can even use the proceeds to set up your own criminal organization in GTAO.


Kidnapping is also a way to make some quick cash in GTAO. All you need to do is kidnap a passerby and hold them for ransom. You’ll get paid either way, but the payout for a successful kidnapping is usually much higher than an average heist. You can use your criminal contacts in Liberty City, or you can take it on your own. Just make sure that you don’t kill the victim after you’ve captured them, or else it’s considered murder and you’ll go to jail.


As a pirate in GTAO, you’ll have to pillage and plunder the ships of rich individuals and corporations. You’ll have to fight off other pirates in order to get to the good stuff and beat them at their own game. The better you do, the more powerful and popular you’ll become, and the more money you can make. Remember: wealth doesn’t necessarily mean good guys, so be careful whom you trust.

Mafia Member

Mafia members are the bosses of the various crime families in Liberty City. You’ll have to commit criminal acts for the families you work for, such as murders, kidnappings, and other heists. The more you do, the more you’ll earn, and the higher up you’ll climb in the criminal ranks. Remember: you’re not actually working for the Mafia themselves, you’re working for the head of a family whose only goal is to become powerful and successful themselves. You can choose which family you want to work for, and which crimes you want to commit, but keep in mind that the more you do, the more you’ll make.


Pimps are the men who control and manage the various brothels, clubs, and dens of in-town and out-of-town criminals. You’ll have to convince the pimps that you’re a good earner and can bring in more business for them, and they’ll give you a call sign and a pimp name to prove it. You’ll be representing their interests in exchange for a piece of the action. Just make sure not to abuse or threaten the women working for you, or else you’ll lose your special privileges.

The Best Way To Make Money Legitimately In GTAO

While there are several ways to make money in GTAO, some are more legitimate than others. Instead of engaging in criminal acts to fund your expensive lifestyle, you can get a job in a law office and ensure a steady income. You’ll be working long hours, but the money is usually good and it helps to keep your nose clean.

Tax Collector

Tax collectors are another legitimate way to make money in GTAO. You’ll have to go around collecting taxes from individuals and companies who owe money to the IRS. You can also ask for donations from high-profile people and businesses who can pay a lot of tax. The better you do, the more wealthy individuals and corporations you can help out.

Private Eye

Having your own private eye is a great way to earn money in GTAO. All you need to do is convince a retired detective that you’re a good prospect for enlisting his services. You’ll have to take on cases for clients who can afford to pay you handsomely. You can start out doing simple tasks for family and friends, then move up to taking on bigger and better cases. The more you do, the more you’ll make.


Consultants are a great way to make money in GTAO. All you have to do is sit down with one of the big-name businessmen in the city, have a cup of coffee with him, and offer your services as a consultant on a specific subject. For example, if there’s a business that needs some help with market research or strategy, you can offer your services as a consultant and get paid handsomely for your efforts. You’ll need to be available to work hard for a few days or weeks at a time, and you’ll need to be good at presenting facts and figures eloquently to convince the businessman that he needs you and your services.

Lingerie Tycoon

Lingerie tycoon is the name given to a brand-new job opportunity in GTAO. You’ll need to start out by creating adult websites for famous lingerie designers. Once you’ve completed a few small tasks for a popular brand, you can move on to bigger and better things. As the owner of a successful lingerie company, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in all your favourite fetishes and fantasies while earning an honest living. You can even choose which models to work with and which designers to represent, so long as you keep in mind that the key to success is in keeping up with trends and maintaining a fully-stocked lingerie closet.

The Best Way To Make Money Illegally In GTAO

While there are several ways to make money in GTAO, some are more illegal than others. Instead of going through the proper channels and getting paid for your work, you can engage in criminal activities and take a commission from those you assist. This is usually the case with drug dealing and certain types of armed robbery. Some of these activities are riskier and more dangerous than others, so make sure that you’re equipped and prepared for the task at hand before you get started.

Poker Machine Operator

Poker machine operators make a lot of money in GTAO. You’ll need to purchase and maintain a poker machine and ensure it’s in good working order. When a player wins a certain amount at the machine, you’ll get a commission from that player. You can also attend charity poker games and other similar events, where you’ll be able to make even more money. Just remember: the risks are high, so make sure that you’re prepared for failure as well as success.