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Feature Set Ratings

  • ZipBooks ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Customization, Security, Reporting & Analytics, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting, Order Management

Payroll Management

6.3

Wave Accounting

63%

ZipBooks

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Wave Accounting ranks higher in 5/5 features

Pay calculation

7.1
71%
23 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.5
75%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct deposit files

1.8
18%
20 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

7.7
77%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reimbursement management

7.4
74%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customization

8.5

Wave Accounting

85%
9.1

ZipBooks

91%
Wave Accounting ranks higher in 1/2 features

API for custom integration

9.9
99%
9 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Plug-ins

7.0
70%
11 Ratings
9.1
91%
1 Rating

Security

7.4

Wave Accounting

74%
9.5

ZipBooks

95%
ZipBooks ranks higher in 2/2 features

Single sign-on capability

8.2
82%
30 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

6.5
65%
34 Ratings
9.3
93%
4 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

6.7

Wave Accounting

67%
10.0

ZipBooks

100%
ZipBooks ranks higher in 2/3 features

Dashboards

6.3
63%
68 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Standard reports

6.4
64%
67 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Custom reports

7.5
75%
34 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

5.9

Wave Accounting

59%
8.8

ZipBooks

88%
Wave Accounting ranks higher in 17/21 features

Accounts payable

6.2
62%
56 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Accounts receivable

6.5
65%
67 Ratings
8.0
80%
5 Ratings

Cash management

6.2
62%
59 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Bank reconciliation

6.2
62%
63 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Expense management

7.3
73%
61 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Time tracking

6.3
63%
11 Ratings
9.0
90%
6 Ratings

Fixed asset management

6.2
62%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multi-currency support

10.0
100%
19 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Multi-division support

7.1
71%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Regulations compliance

6.8
68%
15 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Electronic tax filing

5.9
59%
14 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Self-service portal

2.7
27%
39 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Global Financial Support

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

7.0
70%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Intercompany Accounting

4.0
40%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Localizations

5.2
52%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Journals and Reconciliations

5.6
56%
28 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Enterprise Accounting

4.0
40%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Configurable Accounting

5.5
55%
16 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Centralized Rules Framework

1.0
10%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Standardized Processes

4.3
43%
17 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Inventory Management

8.1

Wave Accounting

81%

ZipBooks

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Wave Accounting ranks higher in 4/4 features

Inventory tracking

5.6
56%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Automatic reordering

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Location management

8.1
81%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Manufacturing module

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Order Management

7.7

Wave Accounting

77%
9.2

ZipBooks

92%
Wave Accounting ranks higher in 6/7 features

Pricing

9.8
98%
26 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order entry

9.9
99%
18 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Credit card processing

3.9
39%
45 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

9.3
93%
33 Ratings
8.5
85%
2 Ratings

Order Orchestration

5.8
58%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

End-to-end order visibility

8.2
82%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order exception Resolution

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • ZipBooks is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

5.3

Wave Accounting

53%
77 Ratings
9.0

ZipBooks

90%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.8

Wave Accounting

78%
3 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

6.7

Wave Accounting

67%
14 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

6.3

Wave Accounting

63%
8 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

2.9

Wave Accounting

29%
4 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

4.3

Wave Accounting

43%
12 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

4.7

Wave Accounting

47%
3 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

3.0

Wave Accounting

30%
2 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Wave

Wave Accounting was used for a small practice without a lot of the accounting considerations a large company would have. For the price, you really can't beat what Wave offers out of the box. All of the basic tools for things like invoicing and expenses are all easy to use. End of year accounting is easy with exports of data.
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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.
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Pros

Wave

  • Reconciliation is very difficult with multiple Wave transactions that need to be deleted or merged before it can be matched to a bank transaction.
  • Payroll worked fine for us but took several days to get it set up. We have switched to another bookkeeping system and another payroll system. Canceling with Wave took several days and they charge $6 for something even though the month was paid for in advance.
  • Credit card processing is nice and worked fine for us.
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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.
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Cons

Wave

  • I know that credit card processing is a way for Wave to make money, but I really wish they offered ACH payment on Invoices.
  • I do cash-based accounting, which means I have to make little journal entries at the start and end of each year to get my books to balance because Wave wants to do everything differently. This should just be a setting to flip, whether you want cash-based or accrual-based.
  • They use Yodlee for bank connection, which doesn't play nice with 2FA. Pretty much every time I log in I have to re-enter credentials, get a code sent to me, reauthenticate, and know that I'm going to have to do it again next week. Not really on Wave, but wish they could get it together nonetheless.
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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.
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Pricing Details

Wave Accounting

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Wave Accounting editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    ZipBooks

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    ZipBooks editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    ZipBooks Starter01
    ZipBooks Smarter152
    ZipBooks Sophisticated353
    ZipBooks AccountantCustom4

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Wave

    Easy to use for clients with no accounting background and the price is right.
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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    Wave

    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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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    Wave

    WAVE is always available when we need it ! Peter
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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Wave

    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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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Wave

    I never had to call Wave Support as we barely experienced any support-related problems on our side. However, I do know a few people that complained about Wave support. It would be nice as well, though if they could have more in your face tutorials for new users or how-to videos should we struggle to do something
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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    Wave

    easy to use and east to train on ! Our WAVE clients enjoy the ease of use
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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Wave

    Wave is FREE for most functions. Payment processing costs no matter where you go (as does payroll or taxes). Wave rises above tools like QuickBooks Online because they know that for our small firm, being nimble is the name of the game. We don't need exhaustive reporting and management like QB offers and we certainly don't want to pay for it
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    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.
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    Scalability

    Wave

    Once they out grow what is ability to move up to a more robust system?
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    ZipBooks

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Wave

    • Wave has been ROI positive for our company. With not having to pay for the service we can use our money for growing our business.
    • The fees on credit card transactions for invoices are reasonable especially as we don't pay a monthly subscription.
    • The invoicing feature has made our lives easier for us and our customers. The invoicing piece and AR tracking has been ROI positive as well.
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    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.
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