To export transactions from Operate to Quickbooks Desktop Pro, please first make sure that you have configured both applications for the export.

Operate exports the following directly to Quickbooks, using the Essensys Financial Connector desktop app.

  • Accounts.
  • Cash and Journals - both Credit and Debit.
  • Invoices and Credit Notes.

Please conduct exports with caution, as configuration errors or multiple exports can cause your accounting to become inaccurate.

1. Open Quickbooks and run a Trial Balances Report

This will give you the balances prior to the export. Email this to yourself and keep for potential post export reconciliation.

In Quickbooks go to the Report Centre > Accountant & Taxes, click on the Trial Balance report and make a note of the Debtor balance. This will tell you the Balance prior to the export.

2. Back up your Quickbooks!

Prior to any export you should always back up your Quickbooks database (in the event that the export might fail or an error is made, the database can be restored from this back up).

Go to File and Create a Backup.

3. Keep Quickbooks open

4. Check Revenue Accounts and Account IDs in Operate

In Operate check that all accounts have Accounts IDs and all Items or Products have a Revenue Account,:

  • Go to Member > Accounts.
  • Check the Accounts Id column to make sure that all clients have an ID. 
  • Go to Space > Products and make sure that all of your products have a GL code, by checking the corresponding column.  

NOTE: If you do not see the Account id / GL code columns, you can add them in byediting the list view

5. Run the Un-booked Invoice Summary Report in Operate

Go to Reports, in Operate, then look for the 'Un-Booked Invoice Summary' Report and open it.  

Run the report for invoices issued this month. 

This report will show you all the invoices available for export. Email to yourself and keep for reconciliation post export. Remember to record the Gross figure including VAT as this will be the total sum exported.

6. Prevent Invoices from Being Raised during Export

It is important to prevent invoices from being raised during your export otherwise this could make reconciliation difficult because invoices with the same date as exported invoices could be raised but not exported.

To do this, go to the Operate Settings > Organizations > then select your organization. You can also search for 'Organizations' in the global search box next to the Operate logo to find your list of configured organizations.

Once you edit your organization, you will find a field called 'Disable Transactions on or Before', where you can set the current date. This will ensure that no invoice will be generated while you are working on the export and after it has been completed. When you are ready, save the change you made to the organization record. 

7. Conduct the export

Exports to Quickbooks Desktop take place using the essensys Financial Connector application (eFC). Read more.

The following screen will be presented, displaying your Organizations and export options:

  • Select the Organization that you want to conduct the export for.
  • Choose what to export: either Unbooked or Booked transactions. Choosing "Unbooked" will export transactions that would not have been exported before. "Booked" Transactions may have already been exported. Exporting booked transactions may lead to duplicates in your financial accounts, therefore we recommend caution when choosing this option.
  • Click on the Configure button and select what you are going to export. The eFC exports the following directly to Quickbooks Desktop: Invoices and Credit Notes, Cash and Journals - Both debit and credit; and Accounts. Save your setting once you're ready to return to the main export screen. Everything else which is not exported should be configured during the setup process mentioned above and available here.
  • Click Export - Operate will then export all the transactions to Quickbooks.

8. View Log Files to look for failures or non exported items

Click the Logs tab in the eFC to check for any failed transactions. The reason for the failure will be stated on the Log Entry.

9. Correct any failed Items and re-export

If an invoice has failed, correct the data within Operate and then re-export the invoice. You can choose to only export those specific transactions.

The cause is likely to be:

  • The Account ID is missing or not matching, 
  • The Item Description or Revenue Account are not matching

To re-export the failed transaction:

  • Launch the eFC.
  • Select 'Booked'.
  • Click on the 'Select Transactions' button to find the individual transactions.
  • To find the transactions that you want to re-export, select the Site, the month and year, then tick the box next to the relevant transactions. Click OK when you are done.
  • Then click on Export. once again.

10. Reconcile balances

In Quickbooks run the Trial Balance report again.

The balance of the debtor account balance should now be the sum of the starting Trial Balance and the Unbooked Invoice Summary Report total.

If it is not, investigate the failures in the log to see which transaction is causing the difference and repeat from Step 9 again.

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