Switching to Wave from Freshbooks

Wave Advisors also offer assistance with migrating from other accounting software to Wave. Learn more on our website.

  1. Get your Wave account set up the way you like it.

    If you have not already done so, complete the steps in Setting up your Wave account before switching.

  2. Create any outstanding (unpaid) invoices.

    Outstanding invoices will affect your account balances. To ensure that you don't end up double counting balances later, you need to first recreate outstanding invoices in Wave. 

    • Invoices to your customers = Wave Invoices
    • Invoices received from vendors/contractors = Wave Bills 

    If you have not received a full payment from a customer or fully paid a vendor, you will need to create these invoices and bills in Wave. 

    When you create these invoices and bills, create your customers, vendors, and products as you go.

    Learn how to set up Wave Payments to offer customers payment directly through an invoice.

    In Wave, there are both Bills and Expenses. If you have already paid for something, it can be recorded as an Expense. If it's something you have to pay in the future, it is a Bill.

  3. Get your account balances.

    In Freshbooks, there are three reports you will need:

    1. Export a Collected (cash based) Profit & Loss Statement for the date range of transaction balances you are looking to enter into Wave.
    2. Export your Balance Sheet for the last date of transactions that you have.  Ensure that your Balance Sheet is balanced!
    3. Export a Collected (cash based) Tax Summary for the same date range as your profit and loss statement.

    You may be wondering, “If Wave is accrual based, why am I generated cash based reports?” This is because you are entering any outstanding (billed) invoices in Step 2.  If you include these balances in your reports, you will end up doubling your balances.

  4. Enter your account balances in Wave.

    Under Accounting click the Transactions page. From here click the More button, then click on Add Journal Transaction.

    The big thing you will notice are the two columns: Debit and Credit. Your Freshbooks reports will not differentiate between debits and credits. Wave is a double-entry accounting system, though, which means you need to enter the correct balance in the correct debit or credit column.

    From your Freshbooks Profit & Loss Statement:

    • Income balances are debits.
    • Expense balances are credits.

    From your Freshbooks Balance Sheet:

    • Cash on hand is an asset, which will also include your bank balance.  If you have money in the bank, enter this number as a debit.   Going forward, you can differentiate between cash on hand, checking accounts, and/or savings accounts in Wave.
    • Loans are liabilities. The normal balance (you still owe money) is a credit.

    From your Freshbooks Tax Summary: 

    • Collected Taxes are credits.  Enter this total balance in the Tax Liability(such as GST) row as a debit (since we're decreasing your money owed with entry).
    • Less Expenses Taxes are debits. Enter this total balance in the Tax Liability (such as GST) row as a credit (since we're increasing the amount owed to the government).

    Note: See step 1 for setting up your sales taxes in advance. 

    Once you have entered your numbers, debits must equal credits.

    Since Wave will not have specific Freshbooks transaction history, only balances, make sure you keep a copy of your old accounting information for your records!

    Learn more with Tips to stay on top of your accounting.

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