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Dropbox for *Small* Business

Dropbox for *Small* Business

Bill A.1
Helpful | Level 7

I'd like to put the idea out there for a Dropbox account for Small Businesses.

For us, the following would work well:

• $50/month total

• Can add up to 20 users

• 1TB of space

• Unlimited file recovery

It's similar to a Personal plan, except you get the permissions management for business and the unlimited file recovery. Not to sound too cheap here, but the $15/month/user is just enough that we'd prefer to stay on Personal plans.

Our team is about 10 people, so I get that for a large company, the current business plan probably makes sense, but we don't necessarily need unlimited space and we'd also like the ability to up/downscale users without needing to adjust billing all the time, so we can work easily with contractors etc.

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Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Mark
Super User II

I like that, cant see it happening for 20 users though - not when on DfB that'd cost $300pm or $200 via Pro


 


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Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Dave C.5
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IMHO The total volume of space for DfB customers isnt the biggest of factors, we apparently can get as much as we want, (when it was 1TB ours got raised with out fanfare to 1.5TB just on me saying I needed it).
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While we dont require it as we use network shares and a customer file locking system, Im SURE a lot of DfB customers are going to be implementing the Office File Badge, its going to reduce there conflicted copy problems hugely. The Unlimited recovery is a nice add on and truely shows how the 1TB or 5TB or >5TB quota on the account truely means nada, we must have over 5TB in sql BAK files by now, all sitting there in a deleted state.
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If your happy to pay $50 its not that much more to go to $75 and if you understand your OS well you can implement a system using just one DfB account that supplies everyone files. And they can keep there own free or pro accounts as needed.

Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Bill A.1
Helpful | Level 7

I see your point about space not being the biggest of factors. I also agree $75/month is fine, but it was more the fact of having to add/remove contractors constantly and the variable costs associated with that.

I would however be interested in understanding this a little better: "if you understand your OS well you can implement a system using just one DfB account that supplies everyone files".

Could I for example, setup an account for say a group of employees, like "developers", and have them all login to that same account? Therefore instead of having 10 people on my DFB account at $150/month plus contractor, I could instead keep our logins to 5 or under by grouping employees under certain logins and only pay $75/month.

Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Dave C.5
New member | Level 2

@Bill A.
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Yes that is one method, and by no means a bad one, if all group members have identical access there is no reason to supply one DfB accounts per physical member as they all require the same files, and THAT is what DB was designed for, to SYNC multiple devices with the same content.
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With some limitations on the ability to access for updates/maintenance you can even have different groups who have differing access using the same DfB account. This takes a somewhat different than normal installation, where you use the administrator account on the device to install DB on, and selectively sync the folders down to what the user should have, then permission those folders so the user has access. Lastly setup the DB app to launch with a scheduled task under the administrators account so its always running. (Windows systems).
I did this for a terminal server where it was not logical to have the individual users downloading the same info as one another when multiple were all on the same machine, there we used a extra account and shared in all groups folders and permissioned them all up based on who needed them, so the one machine synced itself and permission controlled access to the files.

Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Bill A.1
Helpful | Level 7

Thanks Dave, some great ideas for DfB setup there.

Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Mike V.13
Helpful | Level 6

There should be something like a "small business" option that allows one user to get a separate business dropbox (like how the business accounts work, where you can have your personal and business, side by side) with unlimited storage. I would even pay like $200 a year for this. I've run into this same problem where I have more than 1TB of storage I need to store on the cloud or sync with my computer, but I am a one-man-team and do not have 5 users, but still want the unlimited storage. Right now, I am having to settle for Amazon cloud drive, where I'd much rather use Dropbox. 😕

Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Ed
Dropboxer

Hi Mike

If it wasn't for the over 1TB need, you could use the 'team' feature: https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/9124

As unlimited storage is a need for you, then yes, Dropbox Business would be the solution, but with that minimum cap of 5 users.




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Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Mike V.13
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Hi Ed,

Yep, I know. However, like I said, I only need the storage for 1 user. I (and I'm sure a lot of other small business owners) do not want to pay for 5 users when all we need is one. Like I said, I would be happy to pay more per year for a single, small business user plan rather than having to pay $75 per month (or $900 per year) for 4 additional users that will go unused.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Dropbox and will continue to use it for my personal stuff. But, Dropbox has always been a bit behind when it comes to pricing and storage structures. For instance, just this year Dropbox finally started offering 1TB of space for the pro plan (instead of 100GB) where as the competition like Google Drive, OneDrive and others have had the 1TB plan for a few years before Dropbox started. And, now Amazon Cloud Drive offers unlimited storage for $70 per year and even Google Drive allows you to upgrade your personal storage in tiers. OneDrive (last year) promised to offer unlimited storage but then recently reneged on that promise, so that was kinda a bummer. But, I know Dropbox loves their customers too much to do something like that.

So, since Dropbox for Business isn't an option for me because of the structure of needing 5 users and thus the pricing, it would also be awesome if you were able to add additional storage to the pro version. For instance, right now, I need a little over 1TB of cloud storage. I am currently using Amazon Cloud Drive for this and like it, but I love Dropbox much more and would love to use that instead. Anyway, it would be awesome to be able to sign up for the pro plan and just pay an additional $100 a year for an additional TB of storage. So, then if I needed 2TB of storage, then I would just pay $200 a year.

Thanks!

Re: Dropbox for *Small* Business

Ed
Dropboxer

Understandable - Thanks for the detailed feedback on this Mike. I've passed it on to our teams internally.

 

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