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All-in-one accounting, invoicing, payroll, payments, and receipt management solution.

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Wave Overview

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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#7 in Accounting

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#5 in Billing & Invoicing

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Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

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Data backup in multiple locations/GEO regions
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Intended Users
Freelancers, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business
Devices Supported
Android, iPhone-iPad, Linux, Mac, Windows, Web-based
Supported Countries
Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
Support Options
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials
TRUSTe, Verisign, DigiCert

Wave Pricing

Pricing model: Freemium

Accounting & Invoicing - Free
Receipt Management - Free
Payroll - starts as low as $10 per month in Canada & $15 per month in USA, $4 per employee for first 10 employees, 11+ $2 per employee
Accept All Major Credit Cards - $0.30 + 2.9%
Personal Financial Management - Free

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Key Features of Wave

  • Real accounting, for non-accountants
  • Billing and Invoicing
  • Real double entry accounting
  • Investment tracking
  • Financial reporting (Ledger, A/R, A/P, Income, Balance She
  • Accept all major credit cards
  • Credit Card payment processing in America and Canada
  • Bank integrations to eliminate manual entry
  • Multi-currency
  • Professional reports
  • Seamless invoicing & payroll
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  • Fully integrated single login solution
  • Personal budgeting tools
  • Profit and Loss


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.

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Wave User Reviews

Terrible customer service, especially when things go wrong

Verified Reviewer  2nd of September 14:08

Co-Founder / COO (Sports company, 1-10 employees)
I used to be a huge advocate for WaveApps, but they really messed up handling a payment issue I had. They released a new payment processor (internal system instead of using Stripe) and it was the worst thing they could have possibly done. I client paid me, and the money was transferred to someone else's account. Upon realizing this, I immediately contacted WaveApps stating this was urgent. I didn't hear back for 10 days. I contacted again by phone, and then didn't hear back for 10 days. Flash forward 3 months and they told me that they tried pulling back the funds twice (why on earth did it take 3 months to pull back the funds) and that they couldn't help anymore. The final result: I'm out a huge sum of money and WaveApps said that his is case closed for them.

Response from Wave Accounting Inc.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We take these issues very seriously. Our management team is investigating your compliant and the process in which it was handled. We will be following up with you as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.

Jennifer from Wave

Wonderful Software But So Slow

Verified Reviewer  7th of July 00:04

Lifeguard Instructor (Education Management company, 11-50 employees)
This software does a great job of invoicing and accepting payments. The big downside is the speed at which it moves. It takes sometimes over a minute to pull up an invoice. When customers are on the phone or inline waiting to pay, it is a very long time. "Time is Money"

Response from Wave Accounting Inc.

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review, and your support using WaveApps. We're constantly working on product upgrades and releases that help speed up the application.

Our product release update on Aug 7, 2015 made a significant speed improvements to the following areas of the application:

- Invoice list page downloads 20% faster and loads 7% faster
- Invoice view page downloads 24% faster and loads 4% faster
- Accounting page downloads 15% faster and loads 3% faster
- Bills page downloads 9% faster and loads 9% faster

Jennifer from Wave

I want to like Wave, and have been trying for years

Verified Reviewer  7th of June 04:36

Josh Rachlis, Mayoral Candidate at City of Toronto
..., but I need them to help me figure it out. I have a full-time salaried job as a copywriter and a few self-employment careers, like freelance writing, voice acting. I've always found doing my taxes to be a nightmare. I'd spend months stressing about it and trying to calculate income and expenses. Originally, I was adding up all my expenses with a calculator. When I discovered I could put things into Excel, it got a bit easier add numbers. And then about 4 or 5 years ago, I started using a new accountant, and he suggested Wave to me. I was excited to hear that it would important my bank and credit card statements, and that I could then quickly and easily categorize everything. I was sure this would save me so much time and stress. But I found Wave very hard to use. I wasn't sure how to create my own categories. I could never tell if my statements had been uploaded completely, and I would often wind up with duplicate transactions. And I still can't find a way to view the categories after I've allocated transactions to them. I tweeted to Wave a lot, and they were nice enough to send one their IT guys to sit with me in a coffee shop for a few hours. He watched as I tried to do things and he gave me help. He said this was useful to him, to see what people might be having trouble with. And, I figured I would then be ok. But I'm still having a lot of trouble. I'm not asking a lot. All I want to be able to do is import my bank statements and credit card statements, and categorize all the transactions. And being able to invoice people would be nice too. And it seems that his app has those features. But I still find it very complicated. I don't understand the categories. I can't find where the totals are. And lately, my mbna Mastercard has been saying it can't link to Wave. So tonight, I went in and started deleting all the transactions from 2014, hoping that I could start fresh and be sure that everything was imported correctly. But now I see that mbna won't give me the data files for before August (that's an mbna problem, not Wave) and I can't undelete what I deleted. And there's no way to get support without paying for it. But I don't want to pay until I'm confident the site can do the simple things I need it to do. Anyway, I'd love to support a local Toronto company. And I appreciate that someone from the company sat with me in person. And I see people reviewing positively, saying it makes a freelancers life easy. Someone even tweeted today that Wave makes doing accounting fun. But I just don't understand how people are able to use this site. If someone from the company, or one of the satisfied customers, could explain to me how to use this site properly, I'd love to be converted. But at this point, I fear I need to cut my loses and simplify my life by paying for some other software. I just want to be able to file my taxes and concentrate on my creative projects.

Response from Wave Accounting Inc.

Thanks for sharing with us your experience. Firstly, thanks for being such a valuable customer over the years. We especially appreciate your patience trying to make WaveApps work for your financials.

We have available Premium Support for customers who are getting started with Wave. We suggest those looking to best learn work arounds, and setting up proper customizations subscribe to our chat and phone support (unlimited - 9am-5pm EDT M-F) - $49 for three months. You can place a call and speak to one of our product specialists to help you work through your challenge.

If you could reach out to me jdaly@waveapps.com. We'll try to match you with a member of our team to help troubleshoot since you have invested your valuable time into Wave to manage your business financials.

Jennifer from Wave

Very poor customer service

Verified Reviewer  28th of May 20:46

David Tolbert, Owner Veterans Movers
Have been using wave for about 6 months.So far since they have added the new payments options to receive credit card payments I have had numerous problems with my account. Ongoing for over a month the connections in my account have never worked properly. Since I wanted a faster response I opted for the 9.00 per month charge to have access to live chat. But that has proven to be of no use as I still have issues.Since starting with the new payment features my account has been disabled twice.Holding payments up for as much as a week. And you have to email back and forth for several days until the problem is resolved. Getting customer service on the phone is next to impossible.When we first started there was a phone number listed to call,I noticed recently it had been removed from the page as a way to contact.So email is a long drawn out process.Now they have blocked my payments account because there is a similar business in another state...very funny.I have a business lic,business bank account,website with MY business name .So why a flag.Not to mention I am listed on numerous other websites as well.And this has been going on for over a week and has yet to be straightened out.

Response from Wave Accounting Inc.

Thanks for sharing your experience with WaveApps. We're sorry to hear it has been less than ideal. When you have a moment, if you could please email me jdaly@waveapps.com - I'd like to get some information from you for us to look into your account. Furthermore, to see if there is anything we can do (i.e. refund your premium services fees).

Hopefully our team has sorted out the risk flag. If not resolved, we'd like to investigate and provide an answer and/or resolution.

Note, as part of transitioning customers onto our new payments service we need to make all the same necessary precautions like any other financial stakeholder to exhaust potential fraud and risk. Therefore, the first payment transaction (as advertised) takes up to 10 business days to complete. Thereafter, we do our best to commit to 2-3 business days for all subsequent payment transactions. We do this not only to protect our business, but for the protection of online payments industry as a whole. Every payments processor plays a role in maintaining a fraud free platform for our customers using Wave or competitor products.

Look forward to hearing from you to see what we can do.

Jennifer from Wave

Serious Accounting Replacement for Quickbooks?

Verified Reviewer  20th of March 01:10

Jay Wasack, President/CEO AlwaysConnected Solutions
What business doesn't write checks? Printing checks is not an option with Wave.

Response from Wave Accounting Inc.


I'm sorry that Wave wasn't the right fit for you. We take our customer feedback seriously, and leverage this feedback when determining what features we'll build next.

Based on customer requests for different features, as well as some other factors, check printing isn't currently something that's been prioritized, and as such it's not currently available with Wave.

-Sara from Wave

Rave about Wave

Verified Reviewer  9th of October, 2014 00:58

Cathy Fanning, IT Consultant
To all you non believers and sceptics, just stop it. I have been the IT industry for a long, long time and consulting in accounting apps for the last ten years. I have worked with and made numerous comparisons. And guess what, Wave is fantastic... Great for business beginners and advanced users. Compared to all the other cloud accounting choices it holds it's own. Why make your business accounting difficult, isn't running a business difficult enough? Wave is growing in leaps and bounds and continuing to add on more and more features. Let's face it, anyone can bad mouth any software out there can't they? Just get on with it and use it.

Wave is fabulous!

Verified Reviewer  8th of October, 2014 21:45

Danetha Doe, Product Launch Strategist/Accountant/Blogger/Speaker/Professional Giggler
I first started recommending Wave to my clients when I first heard of them two years ago. I absolutely love the ease of use, simple design and fabulous customer service. The team is always answers my questions quickly. And as an accountant, their Pro Network is one of the most supportive communities for financial professionals. And it's FREE. Wave is leading the charge with software developers that are passionate about changing the antiquated accounting industry. For my clients, or prospects, who are new to business, Wave has been an absolute life saver.

Do yourself a favor, ignore the bad feedback on here.

Verified Reviewer  7th of October, 2014 14:09

Will Lopez, Innovator, Pioneer in Online Accounting Firms
Our cloud-based CPA firm has been with Wave since the beginning. We have hundreds of clients using Wave. Wave is absolutely EXCELLENT for small business owners and entrepreneurs. What a great platform to start and grow on as a business owner. Wave is also extremely accountant and CPA friendly; I would know, I am one. Shady accountants and consultants leaving bad reviews are doing so because they want you, the aspiring entrepreneur of the next generation, to roll into expensive software alternatives that the same accountant/consultant can up-charge on at the expense of the business owner; what a shame, I thought the world was a better place. There are some concerns about Cash vs. Accrual: Wave works strictly on the accrual basis of accounting which is THE best way to operate your business. Ask any true Accountant, cash basis is the quick and dirty way out. Accrual basis is THE best way to receive wonderful business intelligence from. Your are limited with Cash Basis reporting. Once again, I would know I'm a financial statement auditor for multi-billion dollar businesses. If you need a cash basis financials for tax reasons, well your Tax Accountant, if knowledgeable and half-way decent, can easily convert cash basis to accrual basis financials with a couple steps. Done! Let Wave do it's part, let your Pro do their part, and you can focus on growing an amazing business. So do yourself a favor, ignore the bad feedback on here, setup a Wave account for free, connect with a WavePro for free and start shaping the future.

Best Cloud-Based Bookkeeping Solution for Small Business Owners

Verified Reviewer  7th of October, 2014 12:35

Anthony Tropeano, CPA, Certified Public Accountant at TropezCPA
I have been using Wave for nearly 3 years now and recommend to every small business owner. Not only is it a free cloud based solution, but also due to the following: - Fantastic billing feature integrated with Stripe - Recurring invoice option - Numerous Reports - Reports are easy to understand for the non-accountant - Filtering categories and descriptions is very easy and allows the user to update their books very quickly - Seamless integration for bank and credit card accounts

Best Free Accounting Software

Verified Reviewer  7th of October, 2014 11:40

James Krener, Owner of Krener Bookkeeping & Tax
I came across Wave when I started my business almost 4 years ago now. Wave provided me with an accounting system to use for myself and to recommend to clients. My business has evolved over the years and Wave has too. I like Wave because of it's awesome support heroes and it's FREE!! How can you complain about free?? I will always use Wave and recommend it to clients.

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FAQs for Wave

Below are some frequently asked questions for Wave .

Q. What are the main features of Wave ?

Wave offers the following features:

  • Real accounting, for non-accountants
  • Billing and Invoicing
  • Real double entry accounting
  • Investment tracking
  • Financial reporting (Ledger, A/R, A/P, Income, Balance She
  • Accept all major credit cards
  • Credit Card payment processing in America and Canada
  • Bank integrations to eliminate manual entry
  • Multi-currency
  • Professional reports
  • Seamless invoicing & payroll
  • Personal finance tracking
  • Fully integrated single login solution
  • Personal budgeting tools
  • Profit and Loss

Q. How much does Wave cost?

We have the following pricing information for Wave :

Starting from: $0.00/month
Pricing model: Freemium

Q. Who are the typical users of Wave ?

Wave has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Wave support?

Wave supports the following languages:


Q. What type of pricing plans does Wave offer?

Wave has the following pricing plans:


Q. Does Wave support mobile devices?

Wave supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone-iPad

Q. Does Wave offer an API?

No, Wave does not have an API available.

Q. What other apps does Wave integrate with?

Wave integrates with the following applications:


Q. What level of support does Wave offer?

Wave offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials

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