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Likelihood to Recommend

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

The program is appropriate for use in all business types - especially if the business has many different branches located in different parts of the country/world. The fact that invoicing can be done from a mobile device by use of the friendly Sage One app also makes it easy to quickly conclude a sales transaction by issuing an invoice at the client office - shortens time, leaving more time for business.
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Wave Accounting

Wave is free to use, and they have some premium features you can pay for. For someone just starting out as a small business, freelancer or independent contractor, this is a Godsend. You can look professional, have something easy to manage, and yet also have excellent records come the end of the year. You won't spend a bunch of time having to learn the program, it's very intuitive and you get a host of great features that will make getting paid easy.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.1
Wave Accounting
8.1
Pay calculation
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Wave Accounting
8.6
Benefit plan administration
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Wave Accounting
7.5
Direct deposit files
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Wave Accounting
8.4
Salary revision and increment management
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Wave Accounting
7.8
Reimbursement management
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.9
Wave Accounting
8.4

Customization

Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.0
Wave Accounting
8.1
API for custom integration
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.0
Wave Accounting
8.1
Plug-ins
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.0
Wave Accounting
8.1

Security

Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.5
Wave Accounting
8.5
Single sign-on capability
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.0
Wave Accounting
8.8
Role-based user permissions
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
10.0
Wave Accounting
8.2

Reporting & Analytics

Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.3
Wave Accounting
8.7
Dashboards
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
8.7
Standard reports
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
10.0
Wave Accounting
8.6
Custom reports
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Wave Accounting
8.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.4
Wave Accounting
7.9
Accounts payable
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.0
Wave Accounting
7.9
Accounts receivable
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.0
Wave Accounting
8.8
Cash management
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
7.9
Bank reconciliation
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
10.0
Wave Accounting
7.9
Expense management
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
8.7
Time tracking
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.6
Wave Accounting
6.0
Fixed asset management
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.3
Wave Accounting
8.2
Multi-currency support
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
10.0
Wave Accounting
8.0
Multi-division support
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Wave Accounting
7.1
Regulations compliance
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.5
Wave Accounting
6.6
Electronic tax filing
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Wave Accounting
7.1
Self-service portal
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
7.9
Global Financial Support
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
9.0
Journals and Reconciliations
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
10.0
Wave Accounting
7.4
Configurable Accounting
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
8.1
Standardized Processes
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
8.6
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
9.1
Intercompany Accounting
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
8.6
Localizations
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
7.9
Enterprise Accounting
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
7.5
Centralized Rules Framework
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
8.5

Inventory Management

Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.5
Wave Accounting
8.2
Inventory tracking
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
6.6
Automatic reordering
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.3
Wave Accounting
8.9
Location management
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.6
Wave Accounting
8.5
Manufacturing module
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.3
Wave Accounting
9.0

Order Management

Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.5
Wave Accounting
8.4
Pricing
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
8.8
Order entry
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Wave Accounting
9.0
Credit card processing
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.4
Wave Accounting
8.6
Cost of goods sold
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.7
Wave Accounting
8.7
Order Orchestration
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
7.7
End-to-end order visibility
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
8.5
Order exception Resolution
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
Wave Accounting
7.5

Pros

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

  • The ability to log in to your accounting data anywhere you have internet. No sending backups to your accountant, no more trying to recover lost data, or having to log in to a server. This cloud hosted solution gives you a lot more freedom and flexibility as I can log in to it from any computer, or mobile device.
  • The ability to send professional invoices or quotes to my customers while still at their location. Also the ability to easily track my receivables and stay on top of them as they are always right at my fingertips.
  • Project tracking is a great feature. With this module you can send tasks associated with a project to your team without giving them access to your financial information. They can report to you where they are at on the project to help you stay on track. You can track the revenue and expenses associated with this project to make sure you are making a profit.
  • Bank integration brings in all the transactions and easily lets you allocate to the appropriate revenue and expense account or match to sales invoices or purchase invoices saving you time in data entry.
  • Sage One integrates with Sage Payment solutions or Paypal. By giving your customers more options to pay helping you stay on top of your receivables.
  • I love how it imports into the Sage 50 Accounting software for those customers who still need the features and functionality of the desktop software.
  • Just released the integration between Sage 50 and Sage One just got easier. The previous versions of Sage One and Sage 50 had the ability to download customer transactions from Sage One including invoicing, other income, bills, expenses, bank transfers and general journal entries to your Sage 50 accounting software.
  • With the latest update for Sage 50 you can now automatically upload and map your Sage 50 customer records, vendors, accounts, inventory items, and tax codes to Sage One for a quick, easy setup and perfect record match every time. This makes things so much easier when setting up new customers in Sage One
  • Now that important client information flows both ways, you can set up a new client in Sage One in minutes by accessing your Sage One connection wizard (under “file tab” in Sage 50 Accountants Edition) For the customers, vendors and accounts and products and services.
  • The other information such as Sales invoices and other income, Bills and other expenses, Bank Transfers, general journal entries flow from Sage One to Sage 50.
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Wave Accounting

  • The dashboard provides instant views of month-by month income & expenses for the past 12-24 months, a breakdown of current year expense by category, and net income for the past year and year-to-date.
  • Invoicing has easy templated set up has lots of per invoice options such as single/recurring payment options, due dates.
  • Year end reports are easy to generate in either pdf or csv format.
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Cons

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

  • Time tracking: Functionality not present, so this would present a disadvantage in industries where billing requires this (ie. law, accounting firms, etc.)
  • Interface could be improved: It doesn't have as user friendly an interface and navigation as competitors in the same category. It is somewhat dated in this regard.
  • Inventory functionality could be more robust: Competitors have created stronger features in this area.
  • Report customization options: Not as strong as competitors.
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Wave Accounting

  • The mobile experience leaves a lot to be desired. While I can use the receipt app to capture expenses, we live in a mobile digital world where I need to be able to create quotes and invoices on the spot and not back at my desk.
  • There are a few accounting and account related tools that could use some sharpening. For example, there isn't a good way to merge transactions - so when I snap a picture of a receipt and add it there is trouble reconciling against the bank. This shows up as two discrete transactions that cannot be merged - so one has to be manually deleted. It kind of defeats the purpose of scanning the receipts in entirely.
  • We've struggled with integrating debt accounts. For example, a shareholder may pay for something to get us by one day - how to we capture that as a debt owed? There isn't a way. The "shareholder debt" account doesn't talk to the rest of the system.
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Likelihood to Renew

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

No score
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Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 7.8
Based on 3 answers
Easy to use for clients with no accounting background and the price is right.
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Usability

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I love the convenience of Sage One as I can access it anywhere I have internet. I also love how user friendly it is, my customers who do not have any kind of accounting or bookkeeping background are able to quickly learn systems and procedures that I help set up for them to stay on top of their finances to work towards having a successful business. It has so many features to help make things easy for you to keep track of your finances allowing you more time to work on your business.
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Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 5.3
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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Reliability and Availability

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
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Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 6.7
Based on 4 answers
WAVE is always available when we need it ! Peter
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Performance

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The product continues to improve and very excited about the new release coming soon.
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Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 2.9
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

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
They are always there no matter how big or small my issue may be to support me and my customers to come up with a solution. The staff is always there by chat or phone and even remote support to solve any issues. I have noticed that Sage is always training there staff keeping the up to date on all the new releases so they are better able to support us.
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Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 9.0
Based on 1 answer
If they had live chat service then I'd rate this a 10.
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Online Training

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 8.2
Based on 1 answer
I find the online training was very informative and they answered all my questions. I am also certified in Sage One and provided online training in the program which I have set up several people on and they love how it keeps them organized.
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Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 4.8
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

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

I have used Wave Accounting, and while it is an excellent cloud accounting software, it doesn't allow us to work collaboratively with our customers. They both allow me to sign in and work with our clients books within the program, but Wave doesn't integrate into Sage 50 which is a must for clients that I know want to continue to grow.
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Wave Accounting

Wave stacks up well against QuickBooks especially from the price aspect. In addition the features within Wave are comparable to those found in QuickBooks. We selected Wave based on the reviews from other consumers and the ease of use with its web based application. Wave is so user friendly and will make bookkeeping much easier for business owners.
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Scalability

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

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No answers yet
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Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 3.0
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

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

  • The product saves us a lot of time in training - everything is very self explanatory and very user friendly.
  • The fact that we can access the client records from our office assists us with many of the problems we had in the past. We no longer need to make copies or backups of client work. We also no longer need to drive out to our clients to provide assistance, assistance is just a phone call and a click away.
  • Employee efficiency has also increased due to the ease of access in the program (quick view).
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Wave Accounting

  • Wave is free. As a small business owner, it's difficult for me to commit to using too many different software because costs add up. Wave is a very competitive application with many features. I don't think I can go elsewhere at this point. It's far too attractive.
  • Wave does have paid features relating to payroll and bank account transfers. I prefer to handle incoming payments through checks manually so I don't worry about bank transfers. For some, this might be a concern, but you are likely paying for this no matter what you use.
  • Wave has saved me a considerable amount of time going back and forth between my bank's website and excel sheets. This is immeasurable to me. Keeping invoices in one place is also a big deal. I really love this software.
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Pricing Details

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Editions & Modules

Edition
Sage One Accounting Free$01
Sage One Accounting Premium$52
  1. Per User per Month
  2. Per Month [Unlimited Users]
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Versions and pricing listed are for US products. Versions available and pricing may vary by country.

Wave Accounting

General

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

Wave Accounting Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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