February 01, 2010 // Franchising.com // McLean, VA - BookKeeping Express, the first U.S. franchise focused solely on certified bookkeeping services, has announced it is offering a 20% discount on franchises for qualified military veterans. The savings will equal $6,000. BookKeeping Express enacted this program in hopes of providing honorably discharged veterans with a lucrative business opportunity.
"Many veterans often have a strong accounting background and have wonderful organizational skills that come from years of service in our armed forces," said Greg Jones, chief executive officer of BookKeeping Express. "Not to mention, veterans possess unparalleled drive and dedication. We are honored to provide them with this discount in exchange for their years of sacrifice and service to our Country."
The generous military veterans discount program comes as BookKeeping Express continues to build significant momentum in its second year as a franchise. Since launching its franchising program 18 months ago, BookKeeping Express has signed development agreements and opened bookkeeper franchise offices with entrepreneurs in 12 states and across more than 129 territories.
"We're excited about how well the business ownership opportunity has been received thus far. And now, with this offer, we hope more veterans will consider starting their own BookKeeping Express franchise office," added Jones. The skills these talented veterans honed in the military - such as teamwork, dedication and an appreciation for processes - position them to be effective BookKeeping Express franchisees."
With more than 28 million small businesses around the United States, BookKeeping Express offers a much-needed service to companies that are not equipped or do not wish to handle accounting responsibilities such as setting up charts of accounts and general ledgers, monthly data entry, processing and managing accounts payable and accounts receivable, producing monthly reports and tax reporting. Plus, BookKeeping Express utilizes a Custom Flex Pricing Model that is based on the clients' needs instead of a one fits all, hourly billing approach.
As part of the BookKeeping Express franchise model, all locations will offer the BKE Connect system, which allows businesses access to all bookkeeping files remotely through an outside server, as well as a dashboard that clearly and visually 'sums' up the business' operations for thorough analysis. In addition, BookKeeping Express recently introduced BKE EDocs, a new electronic filing system designed to provide secure, online storage of financial documents. Two options available to BookKeeping Express investors include Master or Area Development territories that can be operated out of home-based or commercial space locations.
BookKeeping Express, a national company focused on providing professional bookkeeping practices to small businesses, was founded in 1984 in California and grew to over 150 locations through licensing agreements. In 2007, Greg Jones, along with Bob Stocker and Merritt Green, purchased the company and launched the new business model in McLean, Virginia in January of 2008. BookKeeping Express is currently registered to franchise in 41 states.