As remote workers, we built our careers online. We can operate and give value to our clients even in the comforts of our homes. And why not apply this with our banking and financing needs as well?
Arguably, the most popular ones today are PayMaya and Gcash. They are powerful mobile wallets that allow you to do more like paying bills, insurances, government obligations, and even investing with just a few clicks. And here’s how you can open one.
How to Open a Paymaya Account
After downloading, just click “Create Account.”
Input your cell phone number and personal details. Take note; you can use all numbers from any telecommunications network.
Lastly, verify your number with the OTP. And you’ve opened your Paymaya account!
Upgrading Your Paymaya Account
Why do you want to upgrade your account? If you use a basic Paymaya account, it can only be used as a portal for bills payment. That’s it. But if you upgrade it, it can be an online wallet with a higher maximum top-up.
You can top-up money and then withdraw money from any Bancnet ATM and also have the option to transfer money to other banks and Paymaya users. Your mobile phone is now your mobile wallet. And it’s quite easy to do.
First, click the upper left corner. And then choose “Upgrade Your Account.”
Fill up your Personal details and your address.
And then, pass your government-issued ID and the liveliness video test.
Afterward, Paymaya will review your documents within 72 hours. That’s it! You can enjoy additional perks from your Paymaya wallet.
How to Open a Gcash Account
And then, register your number. You can use other networks aside from Globe to open a Gcash account. Afterwards, type your information and then assign a mobile pin. That’s it! You now have a Gcash account.
Verifying Your Gcash Account
Similar to Paymaya, verifying your GCash account will give you a lot of perks like higher wallet balances, transferring money to bank accounts, and their investment feature, to name a few. And it’s quite easy as well. Watch the video below to verify your account.
With just a few steps, you can now use your account to its full potential. Nifty, right?
Sometimes, our broadband and DSL connection is not enough. With the Internet in the Philippines, you surely need to have a backup source. Paymaya and Gcash offer that!
You can top-up your mobile account with exclusive data packages from Paymaya. Just click “More.” And then choose “Data” to find the best data packages for you.
Gcash has a similar process. But the choices shown are just for the number and network you will buy for. You just need to click “Buy Load” and input your number. Afterwards, choices will show up. In the example above, only Globe promos are present.
With your Paymaya and Gcash account, you can directly pay your bills with a few simple clicks.
For Paymaya, just choose “Bills.” And then choose the company that you need to pay. Remember, though, that payments will reflect after 2-3 days.
While for Gcash, just click “Pay Bills.” And choose the biller. Payments might also reflect around 2-3 days. For both virtual wallets, some billers might charge a small convenience fee. But that beats lining up outside, right?
Paying for Government Requirements
With both digital wallets, you can pay your SSS, PAGIBIG, and Taxes. But for Philhealth, you can only do that with Gcash through their website. And here’s how you can do it for both.
Paymaya will direct you to the SSS application. Log in and click “Generate PRN.” And then, click pay for the PRN you want to settle.
Choose Paymaya as the payment method. And login your Paymaya details. After getting the OTP, confirm the payment.
You will get a payment confirmation after the transaction. That’s it!
To pay PAGIBIG using Paymaya, you first need to go to the PAGIBIG website. Click pay online.
And then, choose regular savings.
Choose Local for the membership category.
And then, pick Paymaya or Gcash for the Payment method.
Next is to verify your PAGIBIG number. It should show your name after.
And then, fill up the details required after.
It will show the total amount you need to pay with the added convenience fee. Click Next after.
Add your billing address and contact information after. And then, click next. Review all the information after and click proceed.
It will show this payment gateway.
And a QR code will show. Scan it with your Paymaya account. Or you can “Login to Pay.”
You will then be redirected to the Paymaya portal.
After you Input the OTP, you will see a summary of the amount due. Click confirm payment.
And you’re done! Payment successful! Now let’s see how to pay your mandatory benefits with Gcash.
If you have paid for bills on your Gcash account, it’s pretty similar to when you pay your mandatory contributions.
Just click pay bills. And then, choose “Government.”
Choose SSS. Select “PRN” as the account type. And then, type the details after. Your payments will be posted in real-time.
For PAGIBIG, it’s quite similar to SSS payments.
Just click pay bills. And then, choose “Government.”
From the list, pick PAGIBIG. And then, choose “member’s contribution” in the “select type” field. And then, fill out the other details after. You will be charged around 5 PHP convenience fees for every transaction.
For Philhealth, your only option as of writing is paying through Gcash. So if you use your Paymaya account, you can transfer the funds to Gcash and finish the transaction from there. Here’s how to do it.
Log in to your Philhealth account.
You will see the Philhealth dashboard. And on the left side, click payment management and generate SPA. SPA means “Statement of Premium Accounts.”
Afterwards, select the number of months that you wish to pay for. You can pay up to 36 months of premiums.
And then, click “Generate Statement of Premium Account.”
Now that the SPA is generated, you can click “Pay” to go to the payment channels.
You will see the payment summary.
When you click next, you will arrive at the payment method. You can pay via credit/debit card or mobile.
You can choose Gcash on the mobile tab. And a summary of the payment details will show with the additional convenience fee.
Afterwards, log in to your Gcash account and pay the balance.
A successful payment result will show after the transaction. Your payment will reflect around 1-3 days.
Receive Money From Abroad
If your clients are from abroad, you can also receive payment directly to your Paymaya account.
Just click add money. And choose the remittance partner. In this case, Western Union is the choice for those sending from abroad.
While for Gcash, it’s pretty similar but there are more choices. You can receive money from Western Union and Moneygram. And you can also link your Paypal and Payoneer account with it. Sweet!
Who says your insurance should be expensive? Different insurance products are now accessible at an affordable price for both Paymaya and Gcash.
With Paymaya, you can buy insurance coverage for different purposes like “Mobile Protect” insurance for your mobile phones. And soon, Paymaya will roll out “Health Protect” for your health needs. Just click the ”More” tab and then pick “Protect.”
On the other hand, Gcash has already partnered with Singlife for various life and health insurance. Some of which cover Dengue and COVID and protection against income loss. Just click GInsure. And then, choose the right insurance for you.
Promos, Vouchers, and Cashback
On top of the convenience, Paymaya also offers vouchers and cashback that you can use when transacting or paying for services. Gcash as well has these perks for using their app. You can also apply these promos on the go.
Just check their website for the updated deals that you can take advantage of.
Savings and Investments
As of the moment, GCash has the advantage for savings and investments. Gcash partnered up with CIMB Bank (founded in Malaysia and one of the biggest banks in Southeast Asia), forming Gsave!
Gsave offers competitive interest rates at around 2.6% per annum with an additional 1.4% (making it 4%) during promotions when you reach specific balances. Just click Gsave to open your account. You can also link your CIMB account to your GCash account to have better perks with it.
Also, you will have access to numerous investment opportunities with their partnership with ATRAM through Ginvest. Currently, they have managed funds comprising of safe Peso money market funds up to more aggressive funds with US-listed stocks (like Apple, Google, Shopee, Amazon, and more)
Just click “Show More” and choose Ginvest. And then, you will be prompted to take a risk appetite survey. And afterwards, the funds you can invest in will show up.
Choosing which fund to invest in is dependent on your personal preference.
So which is better, Paymaya or Gcash? Well, Gcash surely has advantages over Paymaya. But it really depends on your needs. But both will surely make your life easier as a remote worker or freelancer. Cheers!