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Overview

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Wave is an all-in-one accounting solution for small businesses which combines income and expense tracking, invoicing, receipt...

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Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Already more than 7 million users who know their information is always...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

20

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.4

1.5K

5

4

3

2

1

991

408

92

30

63

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

4.6

135

5

4

3

2

1

86

40

7

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

Pros

The interface is user-friendly and has a comprehensive set of features that can elevate any small business to great success.
It's a great software and works well for my basic use case as a solopreneur. The payments feature is also nice and the reporting is great.
I thought it was going to be great when I saw that it functioned with Etsy. And I loved that it is free.

Pros

I love mint and all of its features. I truly love the ease of tracking all transactions and being able to set budgets and integrate all your accounts automatically.
Mint has been a tremendous lifesaver in helping me to aggregate all of my personal finance data into one single location.
I love that Mint connects with all of your credit cards, bank accounts, and loans and gives you an easy to read list of balances, due dates, progress towards goals, and much more.

Cons

I am not able to write off a partly paid bill as bad debt if all attempts to reclaim the payment from my clients fail. Sometimes, people pay about 70% and fail to pay for the rest.
It can be glitchy at times. I had problems with my transactions imported from my connected bank account, and then when I tried to remove the account and re-connect it, I received error messages.
Then, January of 2021, Paypal import was abandoned. Without those 2 features, the software is essentially useless since it creates extra work each month.

Cons

Some purchases are not updated quickly and will be placed in wrong categories.
I have about 25 accounts hooked up and it fails on 2-3 on a monthly basis. Typically you click it and reconnect and are fine, but frustrating when it doesn't update the correct budget information.
The automatic categorization makes the same mistakes until the user applies manual adjustments. The manual adjustment process is slow and has not been updated for at least 3 years.
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  • Last review13 days ago
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  • Last review7 days ago

Key features

  • Total features77
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commission Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Reminders
  • Estimating
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For Government
  • For Legal Professionals
  • For Medical Purposes
  • For Real Estate
  • For Religious Organizations
  • For Small Businesses
  • Forecasting
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Investments Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Mobile App
  • Multi-Currency
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • PCI Compliance
  • Partial Payments
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Planning Tools
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Revenue Recognition
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Spend Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Tax Management
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Management
  • Vendor Management
  • Total features21
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commission Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Reminders
  • Estimating
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For Government
  • For Legal Professionals
  • For Medical Purposes
  • For Real Estate
  • For Religious Organizations
  • For Small Businesses
  • Forecasting
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Investments Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Mobile App
  • Multi-Currency
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • PCI Compliance
  • Partial Payments
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Planning Tools
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Revenue Recognition
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Spend Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Tax Management
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Management
  • Vendor Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations40
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Gmail
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrations2
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Gmail
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net

User reviews that mention these apps

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Joanna M.

Primary/Secondary Education, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Wave

Excellent Software for Small Business and for Personal Use Too

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Easy, intuitive, free. I use it for my personal accounting too.

Cons

I would like it to be more like Mint and provide current balances. I would also like to have a phone app similar to Mint.

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Law Practice, self-employed

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Wave

Fine, but I probably wouldn't use it if it weren't "free."

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

I like that it's free—that is, there's no subscription fee. Wave makes money by charging credit card processing fees, etc.

Cons

I've never used a business accounting software before, but I'm a heavy Mint user, so I'm comparing it to Mint. Wave is very slow when refreshing bank connections, and about 1/3 of the time I get an error message saying there's something wrong with the connection, so come back later. Also, there's no way to create rules for categorizing transactions, so I have to categorize them all by hand.

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Rowan M.

Construction, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Wave

Solid free platform for small business

Reviewed 3 years ago

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.

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Al C.

Computer Networking, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Wave

Great Software for Small Business (Beta User)

Reviewed 8 years ago

I started a business and wanted to avoid getting locked into the Quickbooks infrastructure like last time. Wave Accounting online was successful in helping me with that goal! I found everything I needed for income and tax reporting as a small business. Wave Accounting made me look very professional with the ability to email invoices and collect payment using credit cards. Issues I encountered...

Pros

Cloud

Cons

Support

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Alexander C.

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Wave

Wave is an outstanding accounting app

Reviewed 8 years ago

After many years with Quicken, and some considerable frustration, we were looking to move to a new accounting app. I researched Mint and many others, then came across Wave, which was extremely well reviewed and had extremely high security ratings - a vital factor in accounting software. Wave has been quite literally a breath of fresh air. Cloud based and with the capability not only of linking...

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