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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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.
J.P. VanderLinden | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

ZipBooks is really strong for small businesses (and non-profits like the ones I help manage). It may not yet be ready to handle medium or large businesses given the deep, niche functionality that is sometimes required in those cases.
Dave Grow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Wave Accounting
8.1
ZipBooks
Pay calculation
Wave Accounting
8.5
ZipBooks
Benefit plan administration
Wave Accounting
7.5
ZipBooks
Direct deposit files
Wave Accounting
8.6
ZipBooks
Salary revision and increment management
Wave Accounting
7.7
ZipBooks
Reimbursement management
Wave Accounting
8.0
ZipBooks

Customization

Wave Accounting
7.6
ZipBooks
9.1
API for custom integration
Wave Accounting
7.8
ZipBooks
9.1
Plug-ins
Wave Accounting
7.4
ZipBooks
9.1

Security

Wave Accounting
8.5
ZipBooks
9.5
Single sign-on capability
Wave Accounting
8.4
ZipBooks
9.7
Role-based user permissions
Wave Accounting
8.5
ZipBooks
9.3

Reporting & Analytics

Wave Accounting
8.3
ZipBooks
10.0
Dashboards
Wave Accounting
8.4
ZipBooks
9.9
Standard reports
Wave Accounting
8.5
ZipBooks
10.0
Custom reports
Wave Accounting
8.1
ZipBooks

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Wave Accounting
7.6
ZipBooks
8.8
Accounts payable
Wave Accounting
7.6
ZipBooks
Accounts receivable
Wave Accounting
8.3
ZipBooks
8.0
Cash management
Wave Accounting
7.7
ZipBooks
Bank reconciliation
Wave Accounting
7.8
ZipBooks
8.0
Expense management
Wave Accounting
8.1
ZipBooks
10.0
Time tracking
Wave Accounting
5.5
ZipBooks
9.0
Fixed asset management
Wave Accounting
8.4
ZipBooks
Multi-currency support
Wave Accounting
7.2
ZipBooks
9.1
Multi-division support
Wave Accounting
7.1
ZipBooks
Regulations compliance
Wave Accounting
6.7
ZipBooks
Electronic tax filing
Wave Accounting
6.8
ZipBooks
Self-service portal
Wave Accounting
7.4
ZipBooks
Global Financial Support
Wave Accounting
9.0
ZipBooks
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Wave Accounting
9.1
ZipBooks
Intercompany Accounting
Wave Accounting
8.3
ZipBooks
Localizations
Wave Accounting
7.4
ZipBooks
Journals and Reconciliations
Wave Accounting
7.1
ZipBooks
Enterprise Accounting
Wave Accounting
6.6
ZipBooks
Configurable Accounting
Wave Accounting
7.1
ZipBooks
Centralized Rules Framework
Wave Accounting
8.4
ZipBooks
Standardized Processes
Wave Accounting
8.9
ZipBooks

Inventory Management

Wave Accounting
8.1
ZipBooks
Inventory tracking
Wave Accounting
5.8
ZipBooks
Automatic reordering
Wave Accounting
9.3
ZipBooks
Location management
Wave Accounting
8.4
ZipBooks
Manufacturing module
Wave Accounting
9.0
ZipBooks

Order Management

Wave Accounting
7.9
ZipBooks
9.2
Pricing
Wave Accounting
8.0
ZipBooks
Order entry
Wave Accounting
8.2
ZipBooks
Credit card processing
Wave Accounting
8.3
ZipBooks
10.0
Cost of goods sold
Wave Accounting
7.8
ZipBooks
8.5
Order Orchestration
Wave Accounting
6.9
ZipBooks
End-to-end order visibility
Wave Accounting
8.6
ZipBooks
Order exception Resolution
Wave Accounting
7.4
ZipBooks

Pros

Wave Accounting

  • The ease of use with Wave makes it a great tool. Someone without much accounting experience can jump in and use the software.
  • The reports features in Wave make looking at financial statements a breeze. In addition you can quickly drill down into expense categories to see all transactions of a certain type.
  • It is very easy to generate a sales invoice and see the average period for our company to get paid.
  • I love the Wave Invoice app where we can track invoices on the go and verify payment history.
Lukas Sundahl, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

  • Invoicing is particularly easy-to-use, quick, clean and beautiful. GREAT for branding.
  • The time tracker was unexpected, but very useful and integrates well with the invoicing. Leads to quick invoicing every time.
  • Customer support is phenomenal -- the support staff is friendly and helpful.
  • Although they are a new company, they are definitely on the right track!
  • I recommend this software to clients, colleagues, and friends alike, mostly for it quick and beautiful invoicing.
  • They do what they can to live up to their name! It doesn't take very long to get set up, or very long to create a complete invoice and send it to the right person.
Diego Lucero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Wave Accounting

  • connection to bank sometimes lags - you can refresh the connection but it takes a minute or two to update
  • sometimes invoices are categorized as sales versus consulting income - you really have to look and change it to the appropriate income account. once an invoice is recorded as paid, you can change the income account
  • Wave has a tendency of not accepting a saved password, forcing users to reset a password that is knowingly valid. Using Single Sign On eliminates this but it's still annoying.
Kristy Nittskoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

  • There is some difficulty with a need to learn the use of the menus, they are not open and click, at the moment, the user needs to open the menu then using the pad keys scroll down and use enter to select from the drop-down menu. A mouse does not work.
Kenneth Shumaker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 7.8
Based on 3 answers
Easy to use for clients with no accounting background and the price is right.
Jeanne Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

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
Melissa Whaley | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 6.7
Based on 4 answers
WAVE is always available when we need it ! Peter
Peter Cullen | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

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.
Melissa Whaley | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 9.0
Based on 1 answer
If they had live chat service then I'd rate this a 10.
Matthew Gehrman | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Wave Accounting

Wave Accounting 4.7
Based on 3 answers
easy to use and east to train on ! Our WAVE clients enjoy the ease of use
Peter Cullen | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Wave Accounting

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.
Carl Grivakis | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

I've primarily compared ZipBooks vs. Quickbooks because I've used Quickbooks at larger companies before. ZipBooks was the right fit for a smaller organization because it still had all the core features of Quickbooks but at a dramatically lower price that fits the budget.
Dave Grow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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?
Penny Breslin | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

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.
Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer

ZipBooks

  • ZipBooks is entirely affordable, and with my current $15/mo payments, I get ROI pretty quickly.
  • Invoices are simple and easy to make, while staying beautiful and functional at the same time. This saves me TIME, which means that I don't need to spend 15-20 minutes fiddling with the software to make it do what I want it to do. It just works. And that means, I can spend more time doing client work, and managing projects and sales.
Diego Lucero | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

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

ZipBooks

General

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

ZipBooks Editions & Modules

Edition
ZipBooks Starter$0
ZipBooks Smarter$15
ZipBooks Sophisticated$35
ZipBooks AccountantCustom
    Additional Pricing Details
    See full pricing breakdown here: https://zipbooks.com/pricing/

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Wave Accounting
    8.1
    ZipBooks
    9.0

    Likelihood to Renew

    Wave Accounting
    7.8
    ZipBooks

    Usability

    Wave Accounting
    5.3
    ZipBooks

    Reliability and Availability

    Wave Accounting
    6.7
    ZipBooks

    Performance

    Wave Accounting
    2.9
    ZipBooks

    Support Rating

    Wave Accounting
    9.0
    ZipBooks

    Online Training

    Wave Accounting
    4.7
    ZipBooks

    Scalability

    Wave Accounting
    3.0
    ZipBooks

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