August 31, 2010 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – BookKeeping Express, the first U.S. franchise focused solely on certified bookkeeping services, has announced plans to expand across the Las Vegas market through local franchise ownership.
"The small business community is growing in Las Vegas and around the country, and BookKeeping Express is expanding with it, providing qualified franchise investors with a niche franchise option that caters to this growing segment," said Greg Jones, CEO of BookKeeping Express. "We are looking to grow with franchisees who are experienced professionals and sincere about their desire to fill a void in their communities with our distinctive accounting services."
With more than 40,000 small businesses in the Las Vegas area, BookKeeping Express is looking to fulfill the void in the small to mid-size business (SMB) community for companies that are not equipped or do not wish to handle accounting responsibilities. BookKeeping Express offers accounting services 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, local BKE office owners have the support of the BookKeeping Express Service Center to take care of any outsourced bookkeeping needs so they can focus their attention on their business and client consultation, while having the ability to grow their business without hiring additional employees. The Service Center also serves as a new sales channel for BookKeeping Express franchise offices. Local BKE office owners can sell the service in their communities to CPA firms and independent bookkeepers.
In addition, all BKE franchise offices 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. Plus, small to mid-sized business owners can synchronize their QuickBooks and enjoy convenient, anytime access to their financial documents through BKE EDocs, a new electronic filing system designed to provide secure, online storage of financial documents.
"Highly qualified franchise investors want to join a system which supports our efforts in all facets of the business," said David DiPietro, the owner of BookKeeping Express in Mesa, Ariz., which opened in early 2010. "BookKeeping Express goes to great lengths to train and provide mentorship."
Since launching its franchising program in 2008, BookKeeping Express has signed development agreements and opened offices with entrepreneurs in 12 states and across more than 129 territories. Currently, there are more than 20 BookKeeping Express franchise offices open and two corporate locations, one in McLean, Va., and another in Baltimore, Md. The company's aggressive U.S. franchise development plans call for more than 400 new territories.
With a collection of franchisees that come from diverse backgrounds, including corporate executives, CPAs, banking executives, and entrepreneurship, BookKeeping Express' owners share a common goal to provide accounting relief to business owners so they can focus on growing their business.
"Getting into franchising is a viable option for those leaving or forced out of the corporate world," said Jones, himself a serial entrepreneur with several business successes under his belt in the telecommunications and restaurant industries. "Most of the franchise investors we meet with are seeking to fulfill their entrepreneurial spirit but don't want to do it alone."
BookKeeping Express is an affordable franchise opportunity tailored for today's transitioning professional. 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; per territory start-up fees run under $50,000.
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.