If you are a QuickBooks user, it may be tempting to use one of these file syncing services. After all, wouldn’t it be great to be able to put your QBW file in your Dropbox folder on your desktop computer and then have it synced to your laptop?
Via LinkedIn, I came across this thorough article by Michelle Long, CPA that warns against it.
You can use Dropbox, SugarSync, Box.net or other file sharing services to share a QuickBooks backup or portable file with clients or others. However, please do not put the QuickBooks working company file (QBW) or Quicken file in these folders.
There are lots of links in the article to examples of problems that come up, and quotes from other experts. I did some Googling around, and I couldn’t find many examples of people saying they are syncing successfully. It seems like there is a real risk of corruption.
I’d be interested in hearing from people who are currently syncing their QuickBooks data. Anyone have any success or horror stories?