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Accounting by Wave

Top Rated
96 Ratings

Accounting by Wave

Top Rated
96 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

GoDaddy Bookkeeping

18 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

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Accounting by Wave

Wave is a great means to launch a business and run a low cost (free) accounting solution as you startup the gears on your own business. Wave is scalable and could work well with larger companies as you can provide a variety of access levels, and even give your accountant eyes into your books. I like that they also offer payroll and bookkeeping services at a cost, but I haven't used them yet. Wave's invoicing is easy to follow and offers great payment options for my client.
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GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Perfect for US market but not transferable to UK market, needs some upgrades for this. Even when set up with a UK address it won't allow changes in tax year end, presuming that tax year starts Jan - Dec. Also shows dollars instead of pounds even though figures were correct with solution.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Accounting by Wave
7.9
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Pay calculation
Accounting by Wave
8.4
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Benefit plan administration
Accounting by Wave
7.5
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Direct deposit files
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Salary revision and increment management
Accounting by Wave
7.7
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Reimbursement management
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Customization

Accounting by Wave
9.1
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
API for custom integration
Accounting by Wave
8.9
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Plug-ins
Accounting by Wave
9.2
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Security

Accounting by Wave
8.6
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Single sign-on capability
Accounting by Wave
9.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Role-based user permissions
Accounting by Wave
8.2
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Reporting & Analytics

Accounting by Wave
8.5
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
7.3
Dashboards
Accounting by Wave
8.4
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
8.0
Standard reports
Accounting by Wave
8.3
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
8.0
Custom reports
Accounting by Wave
8.6
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Accounting by Wave
8.2
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.9
Accounts payable
Accounting by Wave
8.4
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
7.0
Accounts receivable
Accounting by Wave
9.1
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
7.0
Cash management
Accounting by Wave
8.1
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.0
Bank reconciliation
Accounting by Wave
7.8
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
8.0
Expense management
Accounting by Wave
8.5
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
7.0
Time tracking
Accounting by Wave
7.3
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.0
Fixed asset management
Accounting by Wave
5.2
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
7.0
Multi-currency support
Accounting by Wave
8.6
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Multi-division support
Accounting by Wave
7.4
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Regulations compliance
Accounting by Wave
7.3
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
5.0
Electronic tax filing
Accounting by Wave
6.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
8.0
Self-service portal
Accounting by Wave
9.1
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
8.0
Global Financial Support
Accounting by Wave
9.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Accounting by Wave
9.3
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Intercompany Accounting
Accounting by Wave
8.7
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Localizations
Accounting by Wave
9.5
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Journals and Reconciliations
Accounting by Wave
8.4
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Enterprise Accounting
Accounting by Wave
8.7
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Configurable Accounting
Accounting by Wave
8.7
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Centralized Rules Framework
Accounting by Wave
9.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Standardized Processes
Accounting by Wave
7.9
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Inventory Management

Accounting by Wave
8.9
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
5.0
Inventory tracking
Accounting by Wave
9.5
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Automatic reordering
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
5.0
Location management
Accounting by Wave
9.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Manufacturing module
Accounting by Wave
9.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Order Management

Accounting by Wave
7.8
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.5
Pricing
Accounting by Wave
8.1
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Order entry
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Credit card processing
Accounting by Wave
9.1
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
7.0
Cost of goods sold
Accounting by Wave
8.8
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.0
Order Orchestration
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
End-to-end order visibility
Accounting by Wave
4.7
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Order exception Resolution
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Accounting Firm BPO Features

Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.8
Branded client dashboards
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.0
Client data roll-up capabilities
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Client data consolidation for benchmarking
Accounting by Wave
7.5
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Configurable alerts
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
6.0
Billing bypass
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Client template cloning
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
8.0
Single sign-on
Accounting by Wave
9.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
7.0
Configurable client onboarding questions
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Cross-client workflow management
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Industry-specific versioning
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping
Legacy system data migration
Accounting by Wave
8.0
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Pros

  • Wave is a wonderful integrated solution offering invoicing, bookkeeping, and cash flow analysis along with bank integration that auto updates.
  • Wave is a payment solution provider with an industry standard rate of 2.9ish% for credit card transactions and provides a good analysis for me as to when I typically get paid.
  • Wave pulls common data for me in building a customized branded invoice, allowing me to make the invoice process faster by adding repeat customers and listing my graphic design services.
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  • Downloads automatically from eBay.
  • Downloads transactions automatically from Paypal.
  • Easy to upload transactions from a csv to make a tax year complete should you change to the solution part way through your tax year.
  • Dashboard is easy to read with visuals to demonstrate profit and loss.
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Cons

  • Wave is owned by ADP and integrates well, but I'm less of a fan of ADP these days, so I'll need to work out how it'll work out with alternate payroll providers.
  • The app for Wave has some great functions, but the website has much more complete integration, where you can 'skip' sending an invoice if you're just using it to track invoices for retainer-based clients.
  • The receipt tracking app is separate from the accounting app, and could possibly be integrated better.
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  • Shows dollar signs even when using pounds.
  • Downloads from GoDaddy to csv file have a problem with dates showing some in US format, some in text format and some in UK format. The US dates were difficult to format, I had to type in dates manually for the whole 12 months of transactions.
  • Unable to choose tax year end was geared to US tax years and taxes rather than being able to choose your own tax year and country specific formats.
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Likelihood to Renew

Accounting by Wave7.8
Based on 3 answers
Easy to use for clients with no accounting background and the price is right.
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Usability

Accounting by Wave5.3
Based on 4 answers
I am a professional bookkeeper and I have no problems using Wave and all of it's features. I can see that certain individuals who have no accounting knowledge might struggle with a few different features and entries, but that is why Wave has an emphasis in connecting users to Wave Pro's who will walk them through things
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GoDaddy Bookkeeping7.0
Based on 1 answer
Loses marks on the tax year only being Jan - Dec and inability to change that to a UK format and choose your year end date.
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Reliability and Availability

Accounting by Wave6.7
Based on 4 answers
WAVE is always available when we need it ! Peter
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Performance

Accounting by Wave2.9
Based on 2 answers
Wave does tend to slow down when filtering your transactions screen especially by date. This is more of an issue when trying to trouble shoot certain transactions or clean-up a set of books.
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Support

Accounting by Wave9.0
Based on 1 answer
If they had live chat service then I'd rate this a 10.
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Online Training

Accounting by Wave4.7
Based on 3 answers
easy to use and east to train on ! Our WAVE clients enjoy the ease of use
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Alternatives Considered

Wave is better in being my one place to go for collecting payments. PayPal is nice if you're on the road collecting payments through their app and using PayPal Here, but if you would like to keep invoicing in the same place as your bookkeeping, I think Wave is a better-integrated solution.
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Rating for Public Practice CPAs

Accounting by Wave8.0
Based on 8 answers
we have worked with all Cloud software ( XERO, QBO, FreshBooks, Wave, and others ) so we have a strong basis point for comparison
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Scalability

Accounting by Wave3.0
Based on 2 answers
Once they out grow what is ability to move up to a more robust system?
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Return on Investment

  • Helps keep boring cash accounting more orderly and professional. I could use spreadsheets, but why?
  • Saves money over other options, with a nice UI.
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  • Good value for money
  • Ideal for US market
  • Saves man hours with the auto download of eBay transactions
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Pricing Details

Accounting by Wave

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

GoDaddy Bookkeeping

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details