Wave Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives


All-in-one accounting, invoicing, payroll, payments & receipt management

4.39/5 (783 reviews)

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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United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, China and 7 other markets, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

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Wave reviews

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Dane Janas

Wave is a Great Accounting Suite - and it's FREE!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-05
Review Source: Software Advice

Wave is a great piece of accounting software that rivals Quickbooks and Xero. The biggest winner, which it obvious to anyone who has researched Wave as an accounting platform for their small business: it’s FREE! Both Quickbooks and Xero have fairly low-cost pricing models for small businesses that range all the way to fairly high-cost for larger businesses. Wave, on the other hand, is specifically tailored to the small business, and offers only features popular with those businesses. But, because of this, their base accounting software is completely free. Their only products you would be billed for would be payroll or credit card processing, both of which are priced competitively to Quickbooks/Intuit’s and Xero’s offerings as well. Wave also offers a lot of the same features, including automatic bank and credit card feeds, customized charts of accounts, multiple businesses on one account, smart expense categorization (software learns over time), and more.

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Andi Lucas

Wave Shows Me the Money!

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-05-15
Review Source: Capterra

Before I used Wave, I was behind every month on my invoicing. I hated sending invoices, and I really, REALLY hated being the Collections person, asking my clients to pay their bills. Then I found Wave, and my whole life changed. I was able to get set up super quickly, connect to my bank, add my clients' contact information, and set up the template for my invoices. Now, I have "Monthly Invoicing" on my calendar, and it takes me about 15 minutes to handle the task (instead of 2 hours). My favorite emails are, "Congrats! You Got Paid!" from Wave. I feel fantastic!

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Jack Eisenberg

Wave has amazing functionality for a free product, but it's not as good as it should be

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-14
Review Source: Capterra

I have been using Accounting by Wave for nearly three years. It was a replacement for my Simply Accounting program. I am forever wondering how Wave can afford to make such a polished product available at no cost. Initially, there were ads, but now that they have a revenue stream from additional services, the ads have been removed. I have opted not to use their in-built payment processing feature, but I imagine it would be similar to Paypal in terms of the fees. Day-to-day operation of the program is smooth. They use a Zapier interface to my bank to update balances and download transactions. This interface is quite slow, although the speed has improved somewhat over the years. As bank transactions are imported, they are categorized into various income/expense categories. I find the categorization to be fairly unhelpful. Even after the user changes the categorization of transactions, Wave does not remember these settings. The next time data is downloaded, it will use the same, incorrect categories as the previous time. Wave is currently rolling out a new version of their software, which promises improvements to the AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities. I hope this means they will remember user-defined categorizations, but until my account is updated, I cannot speculate. There is one VERY ANNOYING bug in the program that I have described in the CONS section, since I've run out of space here.

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Chris Knight

Great alternative to Quickbooks for small biz users

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-11-03
Review Source: Capterra

I have two small e-commerce business, and needed a way to track my inventory purchases, sales, shipping expenses, etc. I also had two independent contractor businesses, needing to track expenses such as mileage, supplies, etc. With Wave, I have each venture as a separate company, I can customize the chart of accounts for each one, create invoices for my independent contractor gigs, track invoice status so I don't overlook if something doesn't get paid on time, and review my income and expenses each month. I sometimes do consignment sales for clients in my e-commerce business, and Wave helps me keep track of those sales and settle up with clients each month. Truly a lot of great features offered, and I don't even use all of them (like Banking & Payroll). So glad I found Wave, and I have recommended it to many others.

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Miguel Gonzalez

Accounting, with all the bells and whistles, no costs.

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-03-15
Review Source: Software Advice

My business accounting needs are not big. My business is small and provides a limited number of offerings that are easily tracked with any application. So, when I was looking for an accounting solution to further simplify and automate some functions, I was surprised at the number of products and the wide range of prices out there. I stumbled across Wave by accident and decided to give it a try. Besides being free, the list of standard features was greater than all other products out there... from free competitive services to paid basic subscriptions. Wave is truly amazing and I have found it extremely helpful. I use it primarily to bill clients: I create invoices, submit them via email, receive payments online, and request receipts to be sent to clients after payment. Wave provides notifications and simplifies all of my accounting in one place. I would not use any other product.

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Wave pricing

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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 features

Accounting Integration
Accounting Management
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Expense Tracking
Financial Analysis
Invoice Management
Invoice Processing
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration

API (197 other apps)
Compliance Management (107 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (111 other apps)
Real Time Data (119 other apps)
Receiving (97 other apps)
Workflow Management (101 other apps)

Category Leaders ranking


#8 in Accounting

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Additional information for Wave

Key features of Wave

  • Billing and Invoicing
  • Real double entry accounting
  • Investment tracking
  • Financial reporting (Ledger, A/R, A/P, Income, Balance Sheet
  • 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
  • Connect bank accounts and credit cards
  • Customizable sales taxes
  • 256-bit encryption
  • PCI Level-1 certified
  • Real double-entry accounting
  • Automatic reports
  • Profit and loss statement
  • Sales tax reports
  • Balance sheets
  • Collaboration tools
  • Receipt scanning
  • Built-in payroll
  • Expense tracking
  • Journal transactions
  • At-a-glance dashboards
  • Cash balances and invoice status
  • Automatic exchange rate calculations
  • Automatic data backup
  • Bill and invoice reminders
  • Profit and Loss
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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.