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Grand Theft Auto Online is about ranking up and earning cash. Follow these tips below to fill your pockets and establish yourself. For more, see the GTA 5 Online Top 10 Mistakes Players Make and check out Prima's free GTA 5 guide.
Making Dough for "Show"
Complete In-game Missions & Jobs
In-game missions are automatic jobs handed to you solo (or with other players). When you enter GTA Online, Lamar (from the single-player campaign) will help your character get set up. Completing these missions will earn you cash early on and help you purchase some much-needed elements. Be sure to check your phone for texts or calls and answer them. The key here is to stay busy and apply yourself.
Customer's Always Right
If you want to wrack up dough quickly, the absolute best way to earn money at the start is by robbing convenient stores. It's the quickest and usually the easiest way to accumulate a ton of currency. There are 18 stores in GTA Online, and they're all marked on your map. There's always a catch, though. Some stores require two players. In this case, get someone you can trust (a friend, girlfriend or your brother) and enter one. If you aren't aware of the other player's intentions, don't risk it; chances are they'll rob you.
Once you enter a store, equip your weapon and hold the cashier at gunpoint. At this moment, you must intimidate the cashier and convince him/her to give you the money. You will see an intimidation bar on the lower-right part of the screen – fill it to receive the money. A key recommendation is to have a headset plugged in, because yelling at cashiers works smoothly and draws less cops without gunfire. With the money gathered, you'll have one more task: escape the police.
Want to make cash like a criminal? Steal ANY car, then bring it to a Los Santos Customs. Every vehicle has the option to sell from the custom menu. The price highly depends on the type of car and its condition, so make repairs before selling it.
Perhaps you're in a quiet game with little going on. Well, if players are roaming around and doing nothing, try searching for another game – or better yet, host a job session. As noted before, each job or mission you complete grants you cash with free-spending.
Race, Fight & Make Bets
Along with jobs and missions, there are other ways to earn money. Check your in-game map for a variety of activities, such as land races, water races, team deathmatches and more. These all appear as blue icons and are easily marked. Each one can be physically entered via its blue "hub," or can be selected from your phone.
Additionally, you're capable of making bets prior to each match type. Think of it as a gambling game – if other players bet, there's a big pot of gold guaranteed for the winner (in first place). This is of course risky business, so unless you're feeling lucky or have a ton of dough to throw around, feel free to chance it. Bets can be made in multiples of a hundred, so you can always play it safe.
Be Friendly, Be Mindful
If you're a good player, you'll earn rewards from time to time. In other words, don't go around shooting everyone and acting like you own the map. Being a good sport can grant you effortless cash and make you more likeable. Although it's a small amount, money will automatically be placed into your bank account. It never hurts to make friends; work together and live richer.
Be Greedy & Tick People Off
Contradicting the tip above, you can be one of those greedy players everyone hates. It's rather simple: chase a player and then gun them down or run them over. Each time a player dies, they drop money (near their corpse). Although this seems exciting, the unimpressive rewards usually result in bad rep with a warrant on your head.
Create a Clan
We've mentioned this numerous times already: Trust is a very important factor in GTA Online. Trustful people produce crews (clans) and tackle jobs together. Many missions or goals can only be met with more than one player, and it's always a good idea to have a faithful player to watch your back. For additional coverage, visit www.rockstargames.com/socialclub and meet new people.
GTA Online also gives you an opportunity to share money with other players. This can be done within your group or given to other people in the game; access the share option in the Interactive Menu. The cash comes from your bank account or from a last job. Generosity can help boost your good deeds and improve your rep. Again, this is your choice. That said, the chances of a random player returning the favor are pretty slim.
Bank Money vs. Cash Money
Two cash amounts are displayed on-screen when viewing your earnings: "Bank" and "Cash." Your Bank money is your currency within your account. In a nutshell, it's the money you have locked in your account and is untouchable from other players. You can withdraw, deposit or view your transactions at ATMs. You can find ATMs usually in front of stores or diners. More effectively, spot the closest ATMs in the Interaction Menu (hold Select) and pick "ATM" under "Quick GPS." Doing so will place a route on your map. Make sure nobody's around – you don’t want to get robbed. Cash is actual dough you have in your pocket. If you haven't guessed, it's not a great idea to walk around like a snob and wave your money around unless you want to become an easy target. If you complete a job, store most of it and keep a decent amount if needed for spending.
You can access your bank account via your phone's Internet as well to avoid the hassle of traveling to an ATM.
Now you have lots of cash in GTA Online! Spend it wisely.