Money is what makes the world go round in GTA Online. Whether players make their own money in-game or use real money to then acquire in-game currency, money is the focal point for most gameplay elements in Los Santos. Players need it to buy luxury vehicles, properties and almost everything else they interact with in GTA Online. While players can always buy Shark Cards for extra cash, starting a business is the most efficient way to bring in cash.
Businesses have become a staple in GTA Online since they were introduced after launch. Instead of players repeating missions and heists, companies give players the opportunity to earn money in a variety of ways. Companies allow players to earn their own money much more efficiently than the traditional methods previously used by players in Los Santos. Players can choose to invest in certain companies and sometimes see that investment pay for itself within a few days. However, players need to be smart with their money and choose the right businesses to run. There are some businesses that are more likely to fail than others, which players clearly want to stay away from. Alternatively, there are also companies that can make a profit extremely quickly. We’ve outlined some of those top-performing companies in GTA Online below.
One of the most welcome additions to GTA Online is the Bunker. This is a business form that allows players to make and sell weapons, as well as store vehicles and serve as a center of operations. There are several locations that players can choose for their bunker, which we discussed in a previous guide. For players looking to jump-start earning extra cash, running a bunker is one of the best ways to do it.
When running a bunker, players will mainly focus on delivery missions, which can take players all over the map. Depending on the size of the order, players will need more vehicles than they can handle on their own, so it’s wise to have a friend help out. If players manage to find a friend to help with the delivery, a full set of supplies can be sold for up to $750,000. Of course, this also requires players to fully upgrade their bunker so that they can access additional supplies and features. However, this is simply further investing in the company. With enough effort, Bunker Running can make players millions of dollars in a short amount of time.
Special freight warehouses
Buying a Special Cargo Warehouse is arguably the best way to earn money as a solo player in GTA Online. Not only can it be done at the touch of a button from a CEO’s office, but it can also be managed very easily. The main goal for players is to secure cargo shipments for storage in a large warehouse. Players can either buy one crate at a time or go higher and buy three crates per shipment. Once players reach the maximum number of nine crates, they can sell them for a total of $126,000. However, this is only the maximum for solo players. With a large crew, players can store over 100 crates of cargo and then sell them all for over $2 million.
Whether you’re doing it alone or with a group of friends, running a dedicated freight warehouse can be very profitable from the get-go.
Importing and exporting vehicles through a warehouse is one of the best business models in all of GTA Online. Not only does this give players the chance to make some solid money selling cars, but they can also buy and keep luxury vehicles and supercars. This will of course reduce profits somewhat, but players will make so much extra money that it’s doubtful many will notice.
For starters, players can smash in as many low- and middle-class vehicles as possible. Once they have enough in each of their warehouses, they won’t get any more missions for them. This means that the only input players will receive will be much higher quality vehicles. Speaking of the missions, players can go on different missions to find their vehicles. There are some tedious tasks, such as escaping the police, but most of them don’t take much time. Once players have completed the mission, they can choose to save or sell the vehicle they just bought.
All players need this business is a vehicle warehouse. Once they own this piece, they can complete missions right from their laptop. When players want to sell a vehicle, they can talk directly to the dealer and earn about $75,000 per trade, as long as they only sell high-quality vehicles.
This is one of the most vital businesses players should own if they want to make piles of money every night. The Arcade was added with the Diamond Casino Heist DLC and essentially acts as a base for players looking to raid the casino. With players owning the arcade, they can plan their heist at the Diamond Casino & Resort. The heist is fun and offers several ways to deal with security and rob the safe in the resort.
While that alone makes the Arcade worthwhile, players can also earn passive income by owning a thriving business. Of course, these are pennies compared to robbing the resort, but earning more income is always a bonus. Finally, one of the more underrated aspects of owning the Arcade is access to the Master Control Terminal. This allows players to manage their other properties, such as the next entry on this list.
Own the nightclub
A staple of GTA Online businesses is the nightclub. Like the Arcade, the nightclub can act as a base for other properties and businesses that players have in Los Santos. While the nightclub is not the most profitable business in GTA Online, players can earn passive income from it. In addition, players can hire workers to secure products that players can then sell for a huge payday.
In the time when players do not want to earn large amounts of money, they can run the nightclub. There is an opportunity to customize just about everything about the club, from the lights to the drinks to the DJ. The nightclub is a great business to have fun and make money at the same time.
Lock up cocaine
Finally, we have one of the most proven companies in GTA Online, Cocaine Lockup. This business takes very little effort to run and produces a solid amount of passive income. Players can start by buying a cheap clubhouse and then buy a cocaine slot to start inside. Next, players must purchase staff to make the cocaine and equipment to produce it. From there, the player’s job is essentially complete. Occasionally, players will need to buy more supplies for the lock-up, but this is a relatively cheap price.
The Cocaine Lockup is not a huge money making venture, but it allows players to earn some passive income while running their more hands-on ventures.
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