By Stephen L. Nelson

If you want to find out more about backing up the QuickBooks company data file online — which means using Intuit’s computer network rather than your computer or some removable disk to store the backup — you can select the Online Backup radio button in the Save Copy or Backup dialog box.

The Save Copy or Backup dialog box contains an Online backup radio button.

The Save Copy or Backup dialog box contains an Online backup radio button.

Consider using the online backup method, for two reasons:

  • Reasonable cost: Online backup is extremely reasonable, with prices that run (at this writing) from free (if you signed up for the annual support or Enterprise support plan) to $25 a month. You can find yourself paying the higher figure if you back up all your computer’s files, which actually seems to be the best value!

  • Less effort: Online backup can make the task of backing up less difficult and more regular as long as you have a reliable Internet connection. You don’t need to remember to back up and then remember to take the backup disk home.

You can store back-up files in a folder that syncs with a cloud-based back-up, like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft’s OneDrive. Each of these offers a free set-and-forget cloud-based back-up if you use the free storage space offered by any of them. It’s definitely an option for users on a budget or with limited resources.