June 17, 2008 // Franchising.com // McLean, VA,– Bookkeeping Express is launching a national franchising system. With a Bookkeeping Express franchise and a standard home office set-up, a bookkeeper can become a business owner. The initial franchise fee is $20,000.
"Bookkeeping Express is set up to operate as a virtual business," says CEO Greg Jones. "In developing our franchise system, we are taking advantage of the Internet and the latest technology to develop this home-based business concept."
"We have an Intranet set up for all franchisees to communicate with each other and with the corporate office. All of our forms and materials are available online, including a list of potential vendors and other resources."
The U.S. Department of Labor predicted in 2006 that employment of bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks would grow 12 percent by 2016, creating about 264,000 new jobs over the decade.
"Certified Bookkeepers and those with several years of accounting and bookkeeping experience will have the best job prospects," says the Department of Labor's 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Bookkeeping Express offers training which prepares its franchisees for CB certification by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB), which requires that a bookkeeper have at least two years of on-the-job experience, pass a four-part examination and adhere to a code of ethics.
"Our Certified Bookkeepers will offer a unique opportunity to everyone who wants to own their own business," says Chief Operating Officer Robert Stocker. "As part of our program, every Bookkeeping Express bookkeeper will undergo thorough training, will be certified, will be insured, and will have oversight of their bookkeeping activities through Bookkeeping Express. These same attributes make Bookkeeping Express attractive to potential clients and separates Bookkeeping Express franchisees from other bookkeepers."
Bookkeeping Express offers several unique opportunities to the entrepreneur:
Coming out of Northern California in 1987, Bookkeeping Express started out selling services to small businesses through a licensing model. Now under new ownership, Bookkeeping Express is offering franchise opportunities.
The new owners of Bookkeeping Express include Jones, an entrepreneur in the franchising field, who also owns the development rights for Five Guys Burgers & Fries in central Florida; Merritt Green, an entrepreneurial lawyer, founder and managing partner of General Counsel, P.C. in McLean, Virginia; and Stocker, a management consultant and turn-around expert. The group purchased the rights to Bookkeeping Express in 2007 and moved its headquarters to McLean.
Currently Bookkeeping Express is offering bookkeeping services through locations in McLean and Reston, Virginia. Additional locations in Washington, DC, Rockville and Baltimore, Maryland are scheduled to open this summer."
For more information about becoming a Bookkeeping Express franchise owner, visit www.bookkeepingexpress.us; email email@example.com or call 877-525-5337.