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Five Kick-Butt Alternatives to Wave Accounting

By Todd Spear, 22 September 2014

Editor's Note: Several of our readers have written in to point out that Wave small business is a free tool, in contrast to the paid offerings in this article. Although pricing is not the focus of this article, it's certainly a top consideration, and GetApp nor the article's author meant to imply otherwise! Wave Accounting has been around for years, and many business have been using it, to varying degrees of satisfaction. In fact, user reviews and ratings of Wave Accounting here at GetApp are mixed. Certainly, this free accounting tool is not without its fair share of fans, but noticeable grievances have emerged. Users have cited issues with bank account migration/sync and data loss. In short, some say Wave has a few glitches. Rather than quibble about the oft-stated peculiarities of the app, we've pulled together this list of five alternatives to Wave Accounting that we think certifiably kick butt. The accounting and financial reporting apps that make this list have been selected for there stability, easy synchronization, and robust reporting features, as well as any features they might have which go beyond the capabilities of Wave Accounting. Here are our picks. (more…)


Community Education Partnerships is serving the needs of homeless children in California’s Bay Area.  The company, which was founded by Erica Mohan in 2010, envisions a compassionate and respectful community in which all children have equal access to educational resources. (more…)


In honor of our Free Twitter Chat on Add-ons & Integrations in Small Business Accounting Today at 1200 EST #GetApp, we are counting down the top accounting influencers on Twitter. Follow them to get all the numerical dirt! If you think accounting is boring by nature, think again. Money is, after all, what makes the world go 'round. The movers, shakers, and expert commentators that live and breathe money can be valuable founts of insights for you. At the macro level, a mere frown from the likes of Janet Yellen or Ben Bernanke can send ripples through global markets. Those occasions are (some would say, thankfully) rare. There's nothing mundane about money, day-to-day, though. The top accounting influencers on Twitter can help you keep a finger on the financial state of the world. More importantly, following the most influential personalities in the accounting space can keep you apprised as to where your small business fits into the broader economy, allowing you to react as necessary. Here are our top ten accounting influencers on Twitter. (more…)


The devil, they say, is in the details. Nowhere is this found truer than at Men In Cities, a mens accessories retailer founded by rising fashion star, Yuvi Alpert. Alpert’s designs are showcased in up-scale stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Mr. Porter, while industry magazines including GQ and Esquire have praised the designer. (more…)


QuickBooks Online Vs the Internet Rumor Mill!

By Todd Spear, 4 September 2014

Intuit QuickBooks is the go-to accounting tool for many businesses around the globe. In use in more than 124 countries , QuickBooks Online was putting accounting activities on the Web, way back when no one was calling it "the cloud." And it's still paving the way, even today.     Nevertheless, there are many myths about QuickBooks Online - one of the most pervasive being that it's just a repackaging of old, desktop versions of Intuit software. Is there any truth to the claims other apps makers and users are making? Let's try to find the truth, the facts among all the fiction when it comes to the Web's rumor mill vs. QuickBooks Online (more…)



Your medical practice or home care office no longer needs to have walls lined with inefficient, space-sucking filing systems. Heck, with the current medical practice management software available, you don't even need a desk or a desktop computer. You are able to run your medical care from anywhere, even your iPad, saving you time and money, while actually avoiding errors and ensuring compliance. Today we go through field service management, medical billing, patient scheduling and more to help your doctors, nurses and staff work more effectively in less time! (more…)


In this installment of the App Guinea Pig series, I’m taking a look at subscription and recurring billing management software for my new website in development. You probably already know that a great way to monetize your business on the Web is by adding a paid subscription or monthly recurring option for your followers. (more…)


If you're like some small businesses, you may be under the wrong impression about the tools to maintain and close your books. You might think you have only two choices: spreadsheets or QuickBooks. But that couldn't be further from the truth. You now have access to an ever-expanding field of cloud-based accounting apps. More importantly, a few accounting apps on the market stand out as strong alternatives to QuickBooks or humdrum Excel spreadsheets. (more…)


The era of accounting with big clunky downloaded desktop applications or even clunkier spreadsheets is over. Finally. In late 2013, Forbes columnist Gene Marks asked “Are cloud-based accounting apps ready for prime time?” In retrospect, we could safely respond to Mr. Marks with a resounding “Yes.” As that article pointed out, for years QuickBooks Online is a “glorified bookkeeping application,” sitting alone, the only game in town. But if you're accustomed to the old boxed retail versions of QuickBooks, you may be wondering “What alternative to QuickBooks is there?” (more…)


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again -- your business is only as good as your security. And if you’re running a business like construction, legal, or any consulting work like design, you need to be secure on the go, so your face is in front of clients not your desktop. This means that, particularly regarding your contracting, sales proposals and the like, you need to make sure to have an integrated mobile resource to share your files securely. Well, great news -- you can now link your ShareFile account directly with your QuickBooks Online, Xero, FreshBooks and Basecamp accounts to store and retrieve files directly from ShareFile. Once you link your accounts, your files can be securely shared, stored, tracked, edited and annotated from anywhere in the world. Then, all your files are automatically backed up. (more…)