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Accounting

Features

Pricing

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Hardware & Software Requirements

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Users & Permissions

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Ease of Use

Mobile Apps

Customer Service & Support

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Negative Reviews & Complaints

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Positive Reviews & Testimonials

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Integrations

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Security

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Final Verdict

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Review

Review

Choosing the right software for your business isn’t easy, especially when you have two great choices to pick from like FreshBooks and Wave.

FreshBooks has been helping small business owners with their invoices and expenses since 2003. The software offers strong mobile apps, excellent customer service, and good customer reviews. A recent redesign has made the software easier to use than ever and the latest update has added much-needed double-entry accounting.

Wave is a completely free accounting app that has grown to support over 3 million users. This software offers strong accounting with ample features including project management, invoicing, and a basic ecommerce tool. Wave is also the only accounting program besides QuickBooks Online to offer lending services.

But which software is better? That’s what we’re here to tell you.

At Merchant Maverick, our goal is to help you to find the best software for your small business needs. So to make your decision easier, we’ve carefully researched and tested both products. We’ll put FreshBooks and Wave head to head by comparing features, pricing, customer experience, reputation, and more, so you don’t have to. Read on to see which software is best for your business.

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Accounting

Winner: Wave

Both Wave and FreshBooks offer double-entry accounting complete with bank reconciliation, a chart of accounts, journal entries, and reporting. But one important accounting feature FreshBooks lacks is account payable. Plus, double-entry accounting is available only on the two most expensive plans.

Wave is accounting software through and through and offers an accounts payable feature to help you fully manage your bills.

Features

Winner: Wave 

FeaturesFreshBooksWave

Invoicing

Estimates

Client Portal

Expense Tracking

Bank Reconciliation

Chart of Accounts

Accounts Payable

Inventory

Time Tracking

Project Management

Reports

Proposals

Journal Entries

Sales Tax

Multi-Currency

Lending

The two programs are pretty much on par in terms of invoice template choices, time tracking, importing/exporting, and multi-currency support. However, Wave’s features are more developed than those of FreshBooks. Wave offers a few more reports than FreshBooks, better project management, and better inventory. Wave also offers key features that FreshBooks is missing, like vendor management, accounts payable, and a brand new ecommerce tool called Checkouts.

Pricing

Winner: Wave

You can’t beat free. Wave costs $0/month — no gimmicks, no tricks, no limitations. The only thing you have to pay for is adding payroll, payment processing, or bookkeeping help from a professional Wave advisor. FreshBooks costs $15 – $50/month. FreshBooks is more expensive and offers fewer features, so businesses get a lot more bang for their buck with Wave.

Hardware & Software Requirements

Winner: Tie

As cloud-based software, both FreshBooks and Wave are compatible with nearly any device so long as you have an internet connection.

Users & Permissions

Winner: Tie

Neither FreshBooks nor Wave shines in the “additional users” department. With FreshBooks, each pricing plan only comes with one user. You can add additional users for $10/month each, but you can’t set any user permissions. Wave was designed for the small business owner, meaning it’s not possible to have additional users. You can add “collaborators” who can view or view and edit your Wave account, but there are no permissions available here either.

If you’re looking for multiple users and strong users permissions, take a look at Zoho Books, QuickBooks Online, or Xero instead.

Ease Of Use

Winner: FreshBooks

Both Wave and FreshBooks have attractive interfaces that are well-organized and easy to use. However, FreshBooks has better customer support which helps you learn to navigate the software faster.

Mobile Apps

Winner: FreshBooks

FreshBooks is well-known for its strong, full-featured mobile apps. Wave, on the other hand, has separated its apps into Receipts by Wave and Invoices by Wave. Neither Wave app is full-featured and many users complain that they want a single, all-encompassing Wave app instead.

Customer Service & Support

Winner: FreshBooks

When it comes to customer support, FreshBooks can’t be beaten. FreshBooks offers great phone support with hardly any wait times. Representatives are generally friendly, helpful, and well-informed. In addition, FreshBooks offers a detailed help center, email support, and a comprehensive blog.

Wave only offers phone support for payroll and payment processing users, leaving regular users to rely on a well-developed help center and email support. Most emails are responded to within a day, but it’s harder to get a quick response than it is with FreshBooks.

Negative Reviews & Complaints

Winner: Tie

Both FreshBooks and Wave are loved by customers. Each software receives mostly positive reviews, with a few negative complaints thrown in. FreshBooks users call for more features and better invoice templates. Wave users complain of limited mobile apps, lack of integrations, and occasionally slow servers.

Positive Reviews & Complaints

Winner: Tie

FreshBooks and Wave have a similar ratio of positive to negative complaints. Most users seemed thrilled with both programs and each software receives high marks across popular review sites. FreshBooks users love that the software is easy to use, offers professional invoicing, and has great customer service. Wave users love the software’s features, ease of use, and, of course, its price.

Integrations

Winner: FreshBooks

FreshBooks offers 80+ integrations as opposed to Wave’s four, so if add-ons are important to your business, FreshBooks is clearly the way to go.

Security

Winner: Tie

Both FreshBooks and Wave offer strong security. They each use 256-bit SSL encryption, redundancy, and regular backups, and they each host their servers with trusted security providers.

And The Winner Is…

Wave offers true accounting software and an incredible number of features for $0/month. In addition to the basic tools you’d expect from accounting software, features like lending and Checkouts set the software apart and allow Wave to give even QuickBooks Online a run for its money. Small businesses looking to save money can’t go wrong with Wave. The software is also ideal for Etsy users and ecommerce businesses.

That being said, businesses looking for excellent customer support and ample integrations may prefer FreshBooks. The software also has better mobile apps. However, FreshBooks is far more expensive than Wave and your money only goes a short way with the software.

Perhaps, after reading this, neither option seems like the right choice for you. Our comprehensive accounting reviews can help you explore all of your options so you can choose the perfect software for your business.

Check out our full FreshBooks and Wave reviews for more information.

Chelsea Krause

Chelsea Krause

Managing Editor - Accounting
Chelsea Krause is a writer who has specialized in accounting for two years and is a QuickBooks Certified User. She has a BA in English & Creative Writing from George Fox University and studied at the University of Oxford as well. She has been quoted in Forbes and her work appears in Startup Nation, Small Business Bonfire, and Women on Business.
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