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WAVE VS. FRESHBOOKS

Wave is Leaving But FreshBooks is Right By Your Side

Wave no longer supports UK businesses, but you don’t have to go at it alone. With dedicated UK support, HMRC approval and feature-rich plans, FreshBooks is the day-to-day accounting solution for your business needs.

MTD COMPLIANT   |   HMRC APPROVED

Need a Deep Dive Data Migration From Wave?
The First 100 Callers Get Free Migration

Wave might have left you behind, but that doesn’t mean your data gets left behind. Our team will move all your essential data from Wave: Customer Details, Supplier Details, Opening Account Balances, Aged Receivables, Aged Payables, Bank Transactions, and much more.

Be one of the first 100 to call and migration is free.

Call to Get Offer: +44 (800) 047 8164

FreshBooks Is Built to Support UK Businesses—and Their Clients

“FreshBooks delivers a vast range of amazing accounting and banking features. Invoices can be conveniently made, bill receipts displayed and all the normal activities managed. Now all of my firm’s accounting procedures are managed by FreshBooks.”


JOANNE BORELLA
SR. ACCOUNT MANAGER

YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING…

“Why Should I Pay for FreshBooks, When Wave Was Free?”

“Free” sounds good at first but it’s not sustainable.

WaveApps won’t support UK customers any longer. Partly, because they lack the resources to stay compliant with legislations such as Open Banking and MTD.

FreshBooks is not free to use. But that means you get customer support from real humans, on top of all the amazing functionality that saves you 11 hours each week. Plus, you get a free 30-day trial.

With 3 price plans available, you always get a feature-rich solution while only paying for what you need right now.

And as your business grows, FreshBooks grows with you.


See What Wave Users Think About “Free”

“I would love to see it expand and would pay for a subscription.”

Verified WaveApps review on G2Crowd

“A nice free alternative but you get what you pay for.”

Verified WaveApps review on G2Crowd

“I like that it is free. But there are probably better options out there.”

Verified WaveApps review on G2Crowd

“It sounds good at first: free. Then you find that it lacks many basic accounting functions.”

Verified WaveApps review on Capterra

“I’d rather pay for something that works than have something that doesn’t, free.”

Verified WaveApps review on G2Crowd

“I am happy with Wave for the price, although it by no means has the capabilities of a true accounting program.”

Verified WaveApps review on G2Crowd


Freshbooks Offers Much More Than Invoicing to Help With Your Day-to-Day Accounting

Wave offers a free plan if you want to send invoices and not do much else. But you won’t be able to solve all your accounting and billing needs because that’s not what it’s built for.

  • Free means you don’t get the support you need
  • Free takes away all the power features
  • Free forces you to pay for a second accounting tool

Easily Migrate From Wave to FreshBooks

Stay compliant with UK legislation and get access to advanced features that will make daily accounting and bookkeeping a breeze. Move over to FreshBooks and we’ll take care of migrating your data.

The First 100 Callers Get Free Migration

Call to Get Offer: +44 (800) 047 8164

Making Tax Digital Compatible

Recognised by HMRC to help you ensure you’re compliant.

Track and Bill for Your Time

Log your team’s hours and add them to invoices, automatically.

Multiple Payment Options

Clients from any country can easily pay you in virtually any currency.

Award-Winning Customer Support

Friendly help from our team via email and phone—on all plans.

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FreshBooks Walks With You, at Any Stage of Your Journey

Do It All in One App

No more jumping between Wave and Excel or Wave and sticky notes. FreshBooks has all the features you need to handle invoicing and tons of other business and accounting needs.

“We are no longer worried about the budgets and revenue analysis, we have got rid of manual entries, neither have we wasted our time in finding the record of any transaction. This is all possible due to FreshBooks.”


MARIA COELHO

Make It Easy for Clients to Pay You

FreshBooks lets you bill international clients in their currency. Choose from a range of different payment options, including:

Payment processors:

  • FreshBooks Payments
  • Stripe
  • PayPal

Online payment options:

  • Direct Debit (Bank Transfer)
  • Credit Card

“It’s great that it allows me to accept online payments from customers without a lot of hassle.”


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Collaborate Faster With Your Team and Clients

Track everyone’s time spent on projects and automatically bill for their hours. Add clients to your projects so they can stay in the loop. Then, automate recurring invoices so your clients know when to expect transactions.

“These tools can be easily set up and navigated and hence increases the efficiency of your work. It will help you a lot in maximizing communication.”


NICOLE PHILLIPS


Stay Compliant With HMRC and Making Tax Digital

FreshBooks ensures your financial records always follow HMRC’s guidelines. Stay on top of your tax records while taking the stress out of preparing and filing your end-of-year returns.

Best UK Tax Software 2020


FreshBooks vs. WAVE

Accounting Software Built for Owners Like You

See how FreshBooks makes day-to-day bookkeeping easy to use for business owners—even if you have no prior experience with accounting software. Try it risk-free with a 30-day trial.

No credit card required. Cancel anytime


FreshBooks vs. WAVE

FreshBooks Has All the Features You Need to Serve Your Clients

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Wave Accounting FreshBooks
Support for UK businesses Not Available

Available

Award-winning support

Reach our UK-expert support team by email and phone.

MTD Compatible Not Available Available

Available on any plan

Never miss out on important tax return dates.

Open Banking compliant Not Available

Available

Available on any plan

Reduce fraud and enjoy more secure bank feeds.

Track billable hours Not Available

Available

Available on any plan

Easily log hours and add them to your invoices.

Keep team timesheets Not Available

Available

Available on any plan

Know at-a-glance how your entire team spends their time.

Manage projects Not Available

Available

Available on any plan

Invite employees, contractors, and clients to collaborate on projects.

Stripe (Online Payments) Not Available

Available

Available on any plan

Bill international clients in their currency.


FreshBooks vs. WAVE

More Payment Options for Your Clients

Features table header
Wave Accounting FreshBooks
Payment Options6

  • Bank transfers
  • Credit cards
  • Advanced payment solutions (FreshBooks Payments)
  • Stripe
  • Bank transfers
  • Credit cards
  • International Payments
  • Virtual Terminal
  • Deposits & Partial Payments
  • Checkout links

Get 70% for 3 months

Save 70% for 3 months on all plans

when you join FreshBooks today.

WAVE’S FREE PLAN MIGHT BE HOLDING YOUR BACK.

Migrate to FreshBooks and Commit to Growing

Switching from WaveApps, spreadsheets or a different accounting software? Our team will migrate your account, onboard your team, and walk you through the most important features you need.

Done-for-You Migration

One of our Account Executives will contact you within 24 hours
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Need Some Help Finding the Best Wave Alternative?

Our team is here to help you set up a new account, migrate your data, and answer any questions you might have. Give them a shout at +44 (800) 047 8164.


“Another thing that makes me really happy is their technical support since they are very attentive and will be with you always supporting you with any problem and will be with you until you solve the problem.”


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

FreshBooks is MTD compliant as of April 1, 2019 with our MTD Portal. Making Tax Digital is an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) initiative designed to make sure the UK tax system is effective, efficient and simpler for taxpayers. All VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000 are required to keep digital financial records and send returns using MTD-compatible software as of April 1, 2019.

Does FreshBooks Automate My Accounting Tasks?

FreshBooks automates lots of your business accounting so you can spend more time focusing on your work and your clients. You can have invoices automatically generated and sent, expenses automatically tracked and even have your payments automatically recorded, all from a single software.

How Does Wave’s Free Plan Compare vs FreshBooks?

The main difference is WaveApps offers a free plan which is heavily focused on invoicing. However, most business owners feel that once their business grows to a certain level, they can’t trust their books to a free accounting software. FreshBooks offers essential business features you can try on a 30-day free trial, including:

  • Unlimited + Customized Invoices
  • Unlimited Expense Entries
  • Unlimited Time Tracking
  • Unlimited Estimates

Where Can I See FreshBooks Pricing?

Find the perfect plan to support your business by visiting our pricing page.

Can I Use the Software While Away From My Office?

You sure can. FreshBooks is cloud-based software, which means you can use it from anywhere. You can download iOS and Android apps that let you painlessly invoice your clients and track expenses wherever and whenever you need to.

Can I Accept Credit Card Payments Through FreshBooks?

Absolutely. With FreshBooks Payments your business can start accepting credit card payments online right away, in just a few clicks.

Is My Data Safe in the Cloud?

The safety of your private data is our top priority, that’s why it’s protected by 256-bit SSL encryption—the gold standard in internet security. FreshBooks is cloud-based accounting software and uses industry-leading secure servers.

Does FreshBooks Allow Teams to Collaborate?

Yup. With FreshBooks, both you and your team can collaborate on and track time towards the same projects and clients. Your team members can also help you with your business books by creating invoices and tracking their expenses. You can also add team members to your account with specific user roles and levels of access to sensitive information.

Is FreshBooks Compatible With a Mac?

Great news: FreshBooks software is available on any device—desktop, tablet and mobile apps, and plays nicely with both Mac and PC.