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Still Afraid of the Cloud? Now There’s a Safety Net

A few months ago, I wrote an article for my friends at Fundera.com about why I think (almost) every company on QuickBooks desktop should and could be using QuickBooks Online. You might also want to check out my “Moving Online” series, if you haven’t already.

This week, I have one more reason: Jobber’s new app, SafetyNet.

What is it? It’s a back up. For QBO.

THAT’S RIGHT!! A BACK UP TOOL.

For years. Yeeeaaaarrrrsssss, I have been hearing people – both small business owners and accounting professionals – say that one reason they don’t want to move to QBO is because there’s no backup feature, like there is in desktop.

For accounting professionals and QuickBooks ProAdvisors, we like to do backups before we do anything, just in case it doesn’t work. For small business owners, we like it in case thing get totally jacked up, either by ourselves or a clueless employee.

For me, Stacy Kildal, I never realized what a big deal it was – I had ways to go about testing setups, or imports, or apps – until someone brought it to my attention. And yeah, sort of a pain in the ass not being able to do a backup.

I think it might be one reason why many ProAdvisors are hesitant to try out apps that might help a client. Yes, you can test it on a demo account, but sometimes it’s difficult to see how it will work or not work with the actual client data. Despite still being in beta, I’ll be recommending this to anyone that will listen that it’s one more way for us to help our clients find solutions to make running their business just a little bit easier.

So, now that we can do all of this with SafetyNet, try an app, then restore that backup, my thoughts?

Like Joey Lawrence would say: WHOA.

 

PS: My friend and co-host of The QB Show, Woody Adams, did a demo video, check it out:

 

12 Comments

  1. Michele Haralson

    The Backup/Restore with SafetyNet is great, but my impression was that clients wanted their own HARD COPY, I.e. on a thumb drive or CD. The issue being that they would lose their data in the event that the cloud crashed or was hijacked.
    Thanks for the video!
    Michele

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    • StacyK

      Hard copy would be paper…I’ve never heard that, just that they wanted a backup.

      Do you mean local backup? You’ve always been able to download an XML copy or download/convert to a QBDT file if a user wants a local copy.
      I’ve mostly heard that users want a way to go back a previous version if necessary, and this does it.

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  2. Teresa

    when will the backup be available and will it be available to us in Canada as well. I have had many clients not want to convert to QBO for this exact reason and it would be nice to have this resolved.
    Thank you,

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    • StacyK

      It’s available right now in beta, not sure about Canada, but you can try it!

      -SIK

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    • Jeff

      Apparently it’s available for Canada.

      Jobber is a Cdn company based out of Edmonton. This was the app that Jobber won the Hackathon contest at QBConnect this year.

      Jeff

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      • StacyK

        Yep! Cool stuff!!

        -SIK

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  3. Beth

    If the cloud crashes or is ever hijacked, I think we will all have much bigger issues than running our businesses. Safetynet is cool.

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    • StacyK

      Probably. But it is cool, isn’t it???

      -SIK

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  4. Gabrielle Fontaine

    This is VERY cool and I will definitely be trying it out, for all the reasons you mentioned, Stacy. Only thing with Woody’s demo is I wish he had gone into his QBO account after the backup, changed something to make it go haywire, and then restored. That would have been a little better… but I’m still onboard with this.

    Thanks again!

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    • StacyK

      I did it for test account I use for app reviews and it worked like a charm. Just started using it for my Kildal Services LLC QBO account as well.
      I’d love to be able to back up and restore to a new account, but that’s just not there (yet?)

      I passed your comment along to Woody – I did exactly that when I tested this during TheQBShow on 2/24 – I create an invoice for $100k and then restore. Worked perfect. LOVE THIS APP!!!

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  5. Bob Crook

    Awesome. Just what I’ve been looking for. Thanks!!

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    • StacyK

      Works like a charm. Been using on my own Kildal Services LLC QBO account as well.

      -SIK

      Reply

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