Wave Accounting

Accounting, invoicing, and payroll management platform

About Wave Accounting

Wave is a fully integrated solution designed for small businesses with 9 employees or less. With our total focus on small business owners, you’ll never have to navigate inflated or cluttered to find what you need, right now. With an easy to navigate interface and single login, it’s never been easier to find what you need, when you need it.
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Use the 100% free accounting tools in Wave to gain the insights you need, without the legwork. With our automatic bank connections, your information flows seamlessly into Wave, without the manual entry. And even though it’s easy to navigate and understand, it’s still a real, double-entry application. Collaborate with your accountant or bookkeeper in real-time, and save both of you time!
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Use Wave’s invoicing tools to collect your money faster. Choose the template that best reflects your business, load your own logo, and choose a color for your invoices. Email invoices right from Wave, and collect credit card payments through our payment processing. Use Wave’s invoicing tools to stay professional, get paid faster, and keep track of where your money is.
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Everyone loves getting paid, but no one likes running payroll. Now, use Wave’s Payroll tools in America and Canada to take the headaches out of running your payroll. With guaranteed accuracy, direct deposit and employee self-service all included, at $5 per employee per month or less it’s never been more affordable for your employees to get paid.
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Use Wave’s personal finance tools to gain better insights into where your money goes. With simple budgeting tools, real time investment tracking, and more, Wave’s personal tools are the best way to master your personal finances.

Pricing starting from:

N/A

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Wave Accounting

Wave is 100% focused on the real small business owners, with nine employees or less. That means you’ll never see cluttered, complicated software that you can’t navigate, never mind understand.



What you will see is all the tools you need to gain better insights into your personal and business finances, all with one login. Whether it’s invoicing, payroll, or personal investment tracking, the days of multiple logins are in the past. And with free accounting and invoicing tools and totally affordable payroll, getting organized has never been more affordable.



Get paid faster, gain insights into your businesses financial health, know where your money goes and pay your employees, all with Wave.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Australia, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

N/A

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Wave Accounting: 65

  • ACH Payment Processing
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Statements
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Reminders
  • Estimating
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For Government
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Mobile App
  • Multi-Currency
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • PCI Compliance
  • Partial Payments
  • Payroll Management
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Revenue Recognition
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Spend Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Transaction History

Alternatives

Quickbooks Online

4.3
#1 Alternative to Wave Accounting
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Xero

4.3
#2 Alternative to Wave Accounting
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QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise

4.5
#3 Alternative to Wave Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is an accounting software for small businesses which provides users with real-time access...

FreshBooks

4.5
#4 Alternative to Wave Accounting
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(1,155)
Value for Money
4.7/5
Features
4.2/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Henry C.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Excellent for freelancers and small businesses

Reviewed on 23/09/2021

Extremely positive. In 3+ years I don't think I've had to contact support once, nor have I ever...

Extremely positive. In 3+ years I don't think I've had to contact support once, nor have I ever considered switching to other tools. It is one of the few software tools I use regularly where I am happy to open it, and I'm happy to give them their percentage.

As a freelancer, Wave has been indispensable to me. Always simple and smooth, and exceptional bang for the buck. Not only would I recommend Wave to freelancers and small businesses, I have recommended it. Numerous times.

Pros

Wave is ideal for freelancers. Set up is really simple and the interface is user-friendly. I have zero background in financial matters, and with Wave that's totally fine.

The price is also right. There's no subscription or hidden fees, they just take a perfectly reasonable percentage from invoice payments. I asked a financial advisor friend of mine before signing up, and she was pleasantly surprised by the low rates, and told me to go for it. I've been using Wave for over 3 years, and I have never once been hit with a fee outside of the basic rates.

Wave also provides a host of reporting and tracking tools in this basic account. They didn't influence my decision to sign up, but they've proven to be very useful.

And finally a small but really helpful feature, especially if you're a freelancer just starting out: immediate money transfers. Once someone pays your invoice, the money is in Wave, and takes 2-3 days to transfer. For 1% more payment, you can transfer money within minutes. For the cash-strapped freelancer, that can be mana from heaven.

Cons

There are no major cons that I can think of. One issue I have is mostly my fault: When I first started using Wave I didn't know what I was doing, and I ended up creating a whole bunch of client and work type records unnecessarily. It would be nice if there were some more in-your-face tutorials, maybe some hover tips for new users. But the messiness is mainly from me leaping in before looking.

Alternatives Considered

Zoho Expense and Quickbooks Online

Reasons for Switching to Wave Accounting

It was the cheapest option, and the most user-friendly looking. I have no background in finance and didn't want complex features built for accountants - Wave has those features, but only if you want them.
Rowan M.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Solid free platform for small business

Reviewed on 23/07/2021

I am really impressed for a free offering. Everything looks and feels professional and I'm able to...

I am really impressed for a free offering. Everything looks and feels professional and I'm able to focus on running my business and not learning accounting.

Pros

Having a system that connects to your bank and imports all the transactions for you is a game changer. This is almost as simple as using something like Mint to manage your personal budget. Once the transactions are imported, they definitely lead you down the path to success even if you know nothing about accounting.

Cons

The lack of accounting/reporting for individual projects is a massive omission. I don't think they need a full blown project system, but just some way to tag transactions so that you know the expenses and income for a given project.

I also found the sales tax feature a little simplistic. Here in Washington state we have really small tax zones (customers less than a mile apart can be in different zones) and I have to track the sales tax collected/paid per zone. I was able to do this, but it feels very clunky as the system seems to be designed for a just a handful of different sales taxes.

Alternatives Considered

Quickbooks Online

Reasons for Switching to Wave Accounting

Price. I don't mind paying for things when it makes my life easier. But Wave is a really great product and I don't see any need to pay for something.
Heather H.
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  • Industry: Mental Health Care
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Terrific and reliable free online accounting system

Reviewed on 23/12/2021

It has been very easy to deploy and to acclimate my accountant to. I have not needed to reach out...

It has been very easy to deploy and to acclimate my accountant to. I have not needed to reach out to customer service much, but they have responded quickly to questions.

Pros

Easy to import from banks and credit cards to have all of your information in one place. Makes quarterly and year-end accounting simple.

Cons

The invoices can be customized more than the online payment option and I would like to see the online payment portal have more options (like the option to add preamble text or Terms & Conditions).

Alternatives Considered

Quickbooks Online

Reasons for Switching to Wave Accounting

The free version of Wave offered everything I needed for my small business.
Simon R.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

The best accounting software for small business and self emplyoed

Reviewed on 02/12/2021

Great experience, great customer services, easy to use, decent mobile apps, that exactly what we...

Great experience, great customer services, easy to use, decent mobile apps, that exactly what we were looking for in an accounting software, I just sincerely hope that they stop going in the ¨Look like Quickbook¨direction!

Pros

Wave accounting has been a great experience right from the start, its easy to use, easy to send and enter bill in fraction of seconds, and the support is great!

Cons

The last update change the format of the expense section and I really dont like it, it make it more complicated, I feel that it try to look more and more like Quickbook but thats exactly why its great ¨ITS NOT LIKE QUICKBOOK¨ and I hope they keep it that way!

Alternatives Considered

Zoho Expense

Reasons for Choosing Wave Accounting

Quickbook is hard and confusing to use, also super expensive for what it is

Reasons for Switching to Wave Accounting

Its free, easy to use and has all the features we need
Andrew R.
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  • Industry: Building Materials
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Perfect book keeping and invoicing Software

Reviewed on 05/08/2021

I have had a wonderful experience using Wave Accounting and have encountered no problems at all.

I have had a wonderful experience using Wave Accounting and have encountered no problems at all.

Pros

The fact that this software is 100% free and includes the aspects that are most critical to my business is why I give this such a high rating. The interface is easy to use and getting the system setup and all data input is a breeze. Wave has made my life so much easier and has taken hours of paperwork off of the table. Easy, convenient, reliable, absolutely affordable!

Cons

It does not keep track of inventory or scheduling jobs, but this was not a huge factor for me because I use an old fashioned appointment book and for all of the other free features it’s definitely worth it.

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Wave Accounting FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Wave Accounting.

Wave Accounting offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from:
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Accounting & Invoicing - Free Receipt Management - Free Credit card processing - $0.30 + 2.9% per transaction Bank payment/ACH processing - 1% per transaction ($1 minimum fee) Payroll (tax service states): $35/month base fee + $4/active employee + $4/independent contractor paid Payroll (self service states): $20/month base fee + $4/active employee + $4/independent contractor paid

Wave Accounting has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200

Wave Accounting supports the following languages:

English

Wave Accounting supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile)

Wave Accounting integrates with the following applications:

Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, PayPal, Shoeboxed, Zapier

Wave Accounting offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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