BOSTON, Mass. – BookKeeping Express, the first U.S. franchise focused solely on bookkeeping services, recently opened its first office in Massachusetts, serving businesses throughout Boston’s North Shore and Innovation District. These two areas include Swampscott, Chelsea, Lynn, East Boston, Everett, Revere, Salem, Beverly, South Boston and Fort Point.
BookKeeping Express offers a much-needed service to small businesses, so they can get back to doing what they do best.
“Our service helps to alleviate a void that exists locally for skilled bookkeeping services that are specifically focused on the small business community,” said Arturo Cueva, who co-owns the new BookKeeping Express office with his wife Amy. “We are excited about serving Boston’s North Shore and setting our roots deep in the small business community. BookKeeping Express has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, and its proven business model will provide us with the marketing and operations support we need to help grow the business, thus allowing us to help our clients grow theirs.”
Most recently, Arturo was a staff accountant at a financial services firm before he was laid off. When Arturo was weighing his options for the next step to take professionally, he decided that owning a business was what he wanted most. He worked with a local business coach to find the right type of business to start, and BookKeeping Express fit perfectly with his objective to become an entrepreneur and have the flexibility he wanted in his life. He now has the ability to serve a wide range of small businesses’ by being more accessible for their needs. The new flexibility allows for him and his wife to spend more time with their three children. In addition to co-owning BookKeeping Express, his wife’s experience in offering business services through web design and marketing in the firm she started up ten years ago is viewed as an added value to this new business venture.
“So many otherwise sound businesses fail to account for their financial dealings, which in turn hinders their revenues and growth. They want to efficiently move forward, but without knowing how to best utilize their financial data, they often feel frustrated and overwhelmed…and that’s where we come in,” added Arturo. “The benefits of allowing BookKeeping Express to maintain their books with CPA oversight throughout the year are enormous from a cost standpoint...particularly in the current economic climate. Without this kind of partnership expertise, I see too many business owners experiencing the negative impact of falling behind on their financial records.”
BookKeeping Express’ services include 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 an Alternative Pricing Model that is based on the clients’ needs instead of a one-size-fits-all, hourly billing approach.
The expansion into the Boston area is part of the company’s aggressive national development plans which call for more than 400 new territories throughout the United Sates.
“The small business community is growing in Boston and around the country, and BookKeeping Express is expanding with it, providing qualified individuals with a niche franchise option that caters to this growing segment,” said Greg Jones, CEO of BookKeeping Express. “We are looking to grow with franchise partners such as Arturo and Amy who are serious about owning a business and sincere about their desire to fill a void in their communities with our distinctive services.”
Prior to opening his BookKeeping Express office, the Cuevas went through specialized training to earn the company’s bookkeeper certification at the company’s headquarters in Vienna, Va. BookKeeping Express requires all of its offices to have at least one certified bookkeeper on staff.
As part of the BookKeeping Express franchise model, the Cuevas have the support of the BookKeeping Express Team Center to take care of any outsourced bookkeeping needs so they can focus their attention on their business and client consultation. This gives them the ability to grow their business without hiring additional employees. The U.S.-based Service Center, located in Boise, Idaho, also serves as a new sales channel for BookKeeping Express franchise offices. The Cuevas can sell the service in their communities to CPA firms and independent bookkeepers.
In addition, the new BookKeeping Express office offers 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.
For more information on BookKeeping Express, please visit www.bookkeepingexpress.com, call 781-214-6235 or e-mail ACueva@bookkeepingexpress.com.
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 January 2008. The franchise has grown to more than 35 offices in the United States and Canada. The company is based in Vienna, Virginia. To learn more about BookKeeping Express, visit www.bookkeepingexpress.com.