Wave Alternative In Australia: Parpera

In 2021, Wave cut off Australian users from local bank account connections and Stripe payments on Wave invoices. 

Whether you’re an existing Wave client or a freelancer who’s looking for similar accounting providers, you may be looking for an alternative that’s:

  • Easy to use for your sole trader admin, without spending hours watching tutorials to learn set-up or basic operations.
  • Quick, so you can take care of your accounting in a few minutes.
  • Made for Australian businesses, so you have automatically compliant accounting and invoicing, without risking country service changes in the future.

In this article, we’ll cover: 

Note: Create invoices in seconds on your phone with our all-in-one money management app. Get a 30-day free trial. Download Parpera now.

What happened to the Wave App?

Wave has been slowly moving its focus toward Canadian and American customers for the past few years. 

In 2020, the company stopped allowing new accounts and customer support for existing users outside of North America – the market where Wave decided to concentrate its business. 

In 2021, existing users could no longer connect Australian bank accounts to Wave or use Stripe online payment on client invoices. 

We know how much you loved Wave and you’ve held out as long as possible, so we’ve put together a comparison with an alternative: Parpera. 

The Wave accounting alternative in Australia right for you

You can also read our comparison of Parpera vs Xero and MYOB here: Xero vs MYOB vs Parpera: Which One's Best for Sole Traders?

Why switch to Parpera? The pros

Parpera is an easy-to-use accounting app that makes your invoicing, expenses, tax prep, and business banking easier to manage on your smartphone in just a few clicks. 

Here are the advantages of switching to Parpera for all of your sole trader business needs…

Founded in Australia for Australian businesses: We’re here to stay

Parpera is an accounting app specifically designed for Australian sole traders tired of struggling with overly complicated online accounting software designed for other countries. 

Parpera App

Here’s why Parpera is your alternative to Wave in Australia:

  • Time-saving set-up. You won’t have to fiddle with settings designed for US or UK businesses. We designed Parpera for your Australian business, which means you’ll be able to set up your account in the Parpera App in 10 minutes, with no additional tweaks.
  • Easy-to-use Australian tax compliance. We designed our invoices to be compliant specifically in Australia. When you’re ready to add Goods and Sales Tax (GST) to your invoices, just click a box on each invoice and it’s done. You can also use our easy tax-saver and GST sub-accounts (coming soon) to make sure you’ve got enough money to pay your PAYG and BAS instalments.
  • Australian business bank account included. You’ll never need to connect to a separate business bank account in-app because Parpera includes a Volt business bank account. Parpera and Volt are both Australian companies, so your data stays safe in Australia under Australian law.

Australian tax-compliant invoicing and accounting on your phone

You can stop relying on your computer for all your admin work or editing your invoices to match Australian regulations. 

With Parpera, you can get your accounting done quickly and correctly wherever you are on your phone:

  • Quick tax-compliant invoices. Instead of the constant manual adjustments non-Australian invoicing software requires, you can create compliant, professional invoices designed for fast payment in seconds. Our CRM also remembers your client details, so you don’t need to click around and copy-paste client details anymore. Not only that, but the invoices are designed to help you get paid faster. They are designed professionally, with your bank numbers visible on the top right corner. You’ll also soon be able to add a “Pay Now” button so your clients can pay you with just a click

sole trader invoicing parpera
invoice example parpera

  • Immediate client payment alerts. Because you get a Volt business bank account through Parpera, the Parpera App recognises which clients have paid you in real-time. We automate your payment-to-invoice matching (automatic bank reconciliation) and send you alerts when payments arrive, so you don’t waste your energy wondering when you’ll receive your money.

paid and unpaid invoice tab parpera

  • Organise your expenses in a few clicks. Lower your tax bill with tax-deductible business purchases, which you can categorise in just a few clicks. Parpera will remember the next time you buy from the same merchant for speedy expense organisation. Check how many deductions you already have in seconds for additional peace of mind.

business expense categories parpera

  • Easy financial reports. Create and export your expenses, categories, transactions and more in CVS or Excel files with a click. 
  • Xero integration. If you or your accountant are already using Xero, no worries. Parpera syncs with Xero easily to keep your accounting systems in place.

Fast 10-minute set-up and optimised for quick payments

Parpera enables you to get business admin done in minutes per day without wasting time on long tutorials or complicated instructions. 

And we’ve optimised Parpera for easy, quick payments. Here’s how:

sign up screen parpera

  • Free trial. Get immediate access to your virtual Mastercard® Parpera debit card, our tax estimation tool, and create and send invoices with our 30-day free trial, all from day one. 
  • Optimised for faster payments. Parpera’s functionality as a payment method helps you receive money faster, from the invoice layout (where we highlight your payment details) to the attention-grabbing email subject line. We include a payment link (coming soon) connected to your Volt bank account to help clients pay you easily and quickly. 
  • Transparent client payments. Get a unique BSB and account number for fee-free client payments from Australian customers. Coming soon, low-fee international payments for your clients outside Australia.
  • No more complicated tutorials. We designed Parpera to get you going in minutes on your phone. Here are a few ways Parpera helps you speed up your business:
  • Check your cashflow quickly on the dashboard
  • Track and categorise your tax-deductible expenses in a few clicks
  • Create professional invoices in seconds
  • Receive and send payments easily
  • See paid and unpaid client invoices at a glance
  • Add GST to your client invoices in a click
  • Set aside money for your quarterly GST or PAYG payments fast

money in and money out categories parpera

  • Human support when you need it. You’ll never have to deal with frustrating chatbots or self-serve support FAQs with us. You’ll always talk to a human and get your questions answered quickly. Whenever you have a question or need support, start a chat in-app or send an email directly. 

Interested in getting started? Set up your 30 day free trial with Parpera!

Speedy tax prep, tax estimates, and tax payment management

Figuring out how much you’ll owe in tax is time-consuming and stress-inducing. That’s why we’ve designed Parpera to ease you through the tax-return process with tax estimation and saving tools to make sure you’re ready before your quarterly payment deadlines arrive.

  • Easy tax estimates. Give Parpera your best estimate of your business revenue for the year. It’ll calculate your blended tax rate and how much money to set aside when client payments land in your account. The tool will self-adjust your estimate as you include deductible expenses in-app, too. Don’t worry if your estimate is a little off, you can always edit it easily.

tax estimate tool parpera

  • Tax-saver wallet. When each client payment pops into your account, you can move your estimated tax into a dedicated sub-account in just a few clicks. Your next quarterly PAYG instalment will be ready and waiting when it’s time to pay. And you’ll be able to see your tax-saver wallet balance immediately on your dashboard.
tax saver wallet parpera

  • GST-saver wallet. When you add GST to your client invoices, you’ll soon be able to put it in a special sub-account, so you’ll never get caught out with a big sales tax payment. Coming soon: set aside money in both your tax-saver and GST wallets automatically. 

Your membership includes a business bank account, debit card, and no additional fees

Parpera means fair wallet in Latin. We believe in transparent pricing, so there are no hidden or extra charges to receive payments, make business purchases, or get additional support. You’ll always pay $15 a month or a $135 per year flat fee (25% discount) for all services

Your membership fee gives you a complete financial tool that makes running your self-employed business easier. For example, you’ll have:

  • Fee-free bank cards. Your Volt business bank account includes a physical business debit card and a virtual one, too, for fee-free local and international purchases. You’ll get immediate access to your virtual debit card and your physical one will arrive in 1 to 3 days by priority post.

business debit card parpera

  • No limits membership. Pay one low price for your Parpera membership, which includes your Volt Australian business bank account, a fee-free business debit card, unlimited invoicing, expense receipt storage, tax optimisation, and more. 
  • Community. Your Parpera membership includes an open door to a tribe of sole traders. Here, you can network via our community forum, enjoy business webinars and events, and receive rewards and perks like special third-party partner discounts.

account details parpera

money management dashboard parpera

What are the cons of Parpera?

We know Parpera’s not right for everyone. Here are a few reasons we might not be the right all-in-one financial tool for you:

App only, no desktop

You can manage your self-employed admin quickly and easily on your smartphone with Parpera, but we don’t have a desktop version. We’re working on it, but it’s not available yet. 

However, on Parpera desktop you can connect to your Parpera community forum, watch live webinars and events, and see the latest perks and rewards.

If an app only tool doesn’t fit your business needs right now, we might not be the right solution for you.

No accountant or bookkeeper access

Parpera can help you keep your invoicing and accounting admin in order without wasting any time with cashflow insights, easy tax prep, and effortless expense management, but we don’t do your admin for you

If you’re already using Xero, Parpera syncs easily with your account. But if you need an accountant or registered tax agent, Parpera might not be the best tool for your business.

For sole traders only

At the moment, Parpera is available to sole traders, freelancers, consultants and founders only. Small businesses coming soon. 

Choose Parpera as your Wave alternative in Australia

Wave is no longer available, but Australian sole traders have an easier-to-use and faster alternative to manage their accounting, invoicing and payments. 

Use the Parpera App to decrease the time you spend creating and sending invoices, getting paid, and managing your tax prep. Test it out with our 30-day free trial to see how easier your sole trader or freelancer admin will be.

Download Parpera

Sources:

https://community.waveapps.com/discussion/9686/dec-1-changes-to-wave-for-users-outside-of-the-united-states-and-canada

https://www.waveapps.com/accounting

Please note the information contained in this article is general information only and does not take into account your personal circumstances. Before you open any account please ensure that you obtain and read the account terms and conditions  and Target Market Determination to see if the account is suitable for you.

Parpera Australia Pty Ltd (Parpera) ABN 47 641 580 743 is an Authorised Representative (No. 1292372) of Railspay Pty Ltd (Railspay) ABN 17 646 031 558, which holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) (No. 530983).

Volt Bank Limited (Volt) ABN 67 622 375 722, which holds an AFSL (No. 504782) is the issuer of the bank accounts in Parpera's App and deposits of up to $250,000 per account holder are protected by the Financial Claims Scheme.

RailsPay Pty Limited (RailsPay), which holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) 530983 is the Product issuer of the  Mastercard debit card (Card) which can be used in conjunction with the Volt accounts. Please read the PDS and FSG before deciding if you want the Card. Parpera Australia Pty Ltd (Parpera) ABN 47 641 580 743 is an Authorised Representative (1292372) of RailsPay under its AFSL and arranges for the issuance of the Volt business bank accounts and the Card available through Parpera's app.

Published on the
June 17, 2022
Business

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