Welcome to Grand Theft Auto 5, the game that started it all—at least, as far as online multiplayer games go. Now, more than a decade later, the series continues to amaze with each new release, and now it’s your turn to make some money in this highly popular game. But how?
There are several ways to make money in GTA 5, some easier than others. It’s a common mistake to dive right into the higher-paying heists when you first log on. While it is possible to make good money during those heists, you’ll want to hold off on doing so until you’ve established yourself as a competent, trustworthy member of the community. The sooner you do this, the better, as you’ll be able to make a lot more money in the long run.
The Heists Are Back
The first step to making money in GTA 5 is to return to the heists, the game’s primary source of income. From what we’ve seen so far, the heists seem to have changed very little since their introduction in GTA 4. It’s still a case of breaking into a safe, typically containing cash, fifties, and hundreds, and getting to work. The main difference is the addition of a heist bonus for doing various tasks (like knocking out a few guards or picking up a certain amount of cash) during a specific period (typically, the evening before a scheduled bank transaction).
As with any good thing, though, this phase of the game will eventually come to an end. The developers behind GTA 5, Rockstar Games, have stated that the heists will be unlocked gradually as you progress through the game. This is to prevent a mass unlocking when someone finds a convenient way to rack up hundreds of dollars quickly. You won’t be able to access all of the heists right away, as the game’s main missions, which are linked to the heists, will come first. Once you complete those, you’ll be able to dive into the heist opportunities that are still available.
The Safe Havens Of GTA 5
Another way to make money in GTA 5 is to create your own business and invest in some safe havens, the security-protected houses which are dotted around the city. These are essentially front companies for your real business, which you set up in advance, in the form of a holding company. The houses themselves will be protected by armed guards and closed-circuit TVs, which you’ll have to disable before you enter. There are also several ways, such as buying safes and using encrypted phones, to make these houses a little more secure.
When you invest in a safe haven, you’ll have the option of hiring employees, ordering them to work specific hours and complete specific tasks, or setting up partnerships with other players, who will do the same. You can also create your own goals for the employees you hire, such as having them break into an empty house and set up a bunch of traps in different rooms, or having them steal something from a rival company and deliver it to you, anonymously.
At the end of the day, you’ll have to decide whether or not to keep all of the money you make from these investments. You can’t keep any of it, as the laws in GTA 5 require you to declare your earnings (and, in some cases, to pay income tax on them). Still, it’s a good idea to set up some savings in a high-interest savings account, which you can then use to pay for your expensive hobby.
Buy Better And Steal More
Another way to make money in GTA 5 is to simply buy better equipment and weaponry, or hire better employees. The better your equipment, the more you can steal. The same goes for the employees you hire. The better they are, the more they’ll be able to steal for you. This, in turn, makes you richer.
In some situations, you’ll actually have to buy better equipment than what was available to you in the game’s earlier days. This is mainly due to advances in technology and increasing security. One example of this is the requirement for an RFID card to enter a building. It’s no longer enough to have someone knocking at the door, inviting you in. You’ll also need to have your hands on a smartphone to access the card through an app (the card itself won’t do anymore).
Another way technology has changed the way we play is through the implementation of anti-fraud measures, which are now commonplace. The game will constantly verify your identity through various methods, like asking for your username and password, checking your IP address and location, or even asking you to answer a series of questions (like the password for this website, for example). The more you use these security features, the more you’ll be asked to do and the richer you’ll become. If you’re looking for ways to earn quick cash, you may also want to consider investing in a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to keep your anonymity when playing.
The Many Ways To Gain Experience
GTA 5 encourages you to make your own decisions and, as a result, to try out a variety of methods for making money. While some will be easier for you than others, none of them will be easy money. This is a game about building a reputation while earning enough cash to fund your expensive hobbies.
In line with this, you’ll gain experience (a form of currency in GTA 5) for completing certain tasks and activities. Some of these will be very lucrative (like breaking into a safe, as discussed above) and will require a high level of expertise (like hacking). Others will only give you experience for sitting in a particular location (like a bank or stock exchange), while some will be necessary (like taking a cab to the airport, in order to escape after committing a crime).
As you gain experience, you’ll be able to purchase better equipment and hire better employees. This in turn, makes you richer. It’s not just about the money, though, as becoming a successful criminal in GTA 5 is about reputation as much as it is about cash.
Where Do I Start?
Wherever you decide to make your money in GTA 5, there are several paths you can take to get there. It’s a matter of personal preference which one you want to follow, as the game doesn’t offer much guidance, apart from telling you to try out different methods and making you question whether or not to keep your earnings. Still, here are a few ideas that might help you get started.