I felt like I always had a really hard time making money in GTA Online as well, but still had some fun goofing around with friends. Doesn't seem like that big of a deal, especially if later missions pay better.
@crazybagman: well yea, that particular olive garden hasn't cleaned its kitchen in 20 years and the people blindly eating there still because it's a big name restaurant are insane.
And this is like saying you got a bad copy of RDR2, or went to the wrong retailer. You didn't, it's that same as every other copy. It also plays basically the same as every other rockstar game in the last 15 years. That shouldn't be a surprise, especially if you watched any amount of their prerelease content. Nothing that's in the game feels to me like it doesn't line up with what they showed or what I expected, based on their past games.