How to Make Money in GTA V Online for Free

After countless hours of exploring, quest-finding, and looting, it’s time to finally cash in. But rather than spending your money on useless items, you can make a lot of money playing Grand Theft Auto V Online (GTA V Online). With some time, dedication, and a bit of luck, you can get rich and become a millionaire in this game. Here’s how.

GTA V Online Overview

GTA V Online is a free-to-play Grand Theft Auto video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It is the fifth installment in the GTA series and the standalone expansion of Grand Theft Auto IV. It was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows on September 16, 2013.

You play as one of three characters: the professional Franklin, the rookie Michael, or the psychopathic Trevor. The game is set in the city of Los Santos, a larger and more ambitious version of the one in Grand Theft Auto IV. It also adds New York City as a playable location. Los Santos and New York City are loosely based on Los Angeles and New York, respectively.

During gameplay, you will be able to perform a variety of heists with a group of up to three other players. The game features a mix of action, role-playing, and driving gameplay, with the latter two elements constituting the majority. You engage in dialogue with other characters, which encourages active participation from the player. Each mission objective typically involves some kind of robbery or heist, but these can vary.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


  • Attractive graphics
  • Variety of quests
  • Packs of cash at the end of each mission
  • Multiple endings depending on how you play
  • Multiple characters to play as
  • Many items to sell on the open market
  • Many multiplayer options
  • Consistent updates
  • No microtransactions
  • No payment is necessary to play


  • Not necessarily for kids
  • May be difficult to find a group of people to play with
  • You need to invest a lot of time in the game to make any real cash
  • Some missions require a specific character type (i.e. working with a chemist to solve a problem, etc.)
  • The interface can be a little difficult to navigate
  • Missions don’t really have much of a plot, so you’ll need to find your own reasons to go on them

The Bad:

  • It’s rather unfair to judge a book by its cover
  • GTA V is an open world game, which means you’ll need to find your own reasons for exploring it
  • Traveling to different locations takes a long time and is rather tiresome
  • There are no fast-travel options
  • Rockstar Games doesn’t always have the most exciting stories to tell
  • Some of the side-missions are rather boring

The Ugly:

  • Depending on who you play as, some of the stereotypes people have about criminals are rather amusing
  • Watching Trevor shoot up a bus full of people doesn’t really make for a happy viewer
  • Watching Michael kill five people straight out of frustration is rather upsetting
  • Some of the characters are rather unlikable
  • Franklin is a lawyer, Michael is an investment banker, and Trevor is a stockbroker

So, what is GTA V Online about then?

Well, it’s about making money in a variety of ways. You’ll start by doing odd jobs for people, such as delivering pizza and taking out the trash. Slowly but surely you’ll be able to move up the economic ladder, starting with bank jobs and continuing all the way up to running multiple drug rings and selling crack cocaine. Along the way you’ll help out friends, make new ones, and gain notoriety through heists and robberies. If you’re looking to make quick cash, there are many ways to do that as well. You can also buy and sell property in the game, make money from pachinko (Japanese pinball), and invest in stocks and bonds. It’s truly a game from every angle.

How Do I Play?

To play GTA V Online, you must first install the game. You can download the GTA V game from the Rockstar website for free. If you already have the game, you can play online simply by entering the game’s network address (i.e. IP address) into your web browser’s address bar. However, if you want to play offline, you’ll need to purchase the game’s Season Pass from the Rockstar online store for $29.99.

Once you have the game installed, you’ll be prompted to create an account. Create one now, as this will allow you to take advantage of the game’s free-to-play status. Don’t worry, you won’t be required to input any credit card information as a login crediential. Just choose a nickname and select an avatar (which will become your in-game icon). Once you’ve done that, you’ll be ready to play. You can also create an account on the Rockstar Games website (rather than using the game’s built-in account system).

Creating A Business In GTA V

If you’re looking to make money doing something else other than stealing cars and selling drugs, you can start a business in the game. Each city will have different opportunities and challenges. In Los Santos, your options include: bakery, salon, or barber shop. Each one provides goods and services that you can purchase to create a profitable business. Depending on how you want to play, you can focus on making money via real estate investments or by taking on small jobs and delivering items for friends and strangers alike. The key is to find a way to make money without getting arrested. While there are no specific rules for how you need to play to make money, you do need to keep in mind the laws of the land and the penalties you could incur for breaking them.

If you’re looking to make quick cash, your best option is to become a drug dealer or a gun-runner. There are many opportunities in the game to purchase and deal drugs. Just remember that the police can pull you over at any time and arrest you for trafficking illegal substances. If you’re running guns, you’ll need to make sure you’re not violating any federal firearms laws. Before you can start trafficking arms, you’ll need to become a licensed firearm dealer. The best thing about this option is that the margins can be extremely high. You’ll earn a lot of money selling weapons for high-cap guns to various factions in the game. This is a permanent fixture in the game, so you’ll never run out of work. You can also invest in property and buy gun emplacements that will enable you to carry out heists involving high-stakes robberies.

GTA V: Play By Whatever Means Necessary

The point of GTA V is to create a realistic simulation of getting and staying rich. As a player, you’re not simply following a series of orders or working for the sake of working. You’re in full control of your own destiny in terms of how you play the game and conduct your heists. The world is at your fingertips, and all you need to do is take advantage of it. Make sure you read the in-game tutorials to learn the ropes of conducting a robbery successfully. They’ll all be worth it in the end.

In closing, we’d like to point out the differences between GTA V Online and GTA IV:

1) The main character of GTA V is working class whereas the ones in GTA IV are mostly middle or upper class. This reflects the fact that the majority of people playing the game are now coming from a more working class background. The upper classes in the UK and US are playing the game too, but in smaller numbers.

2) The setting of the two games is different. GTA IV takes place in a small city, whereas GTA V features larger cities and a more modern day look. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it simply means the developers gave the game a more up to date and accurate feel.