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Bookkeeping Franchise BookKeeping Express ‘Balances’ Austin’s Small Businesses’ Need for Certified Services with Grand Opening of First Area Office.
FranchiseWorks.com | Bookkeeping Franchise BookKeeping Express ‘Balances’ Austin’s Small Businesses’ Need for Certified Services with Grand Opening of First Area Office.

Local Entrepreneur Brings Nation’s Leading Bookkeeping Franchise to Austin; Expands to offer Nearly 38,000 Area Small Businesses Professional Bookkeeping Services.

Austin, Texas – December 2, 2009 – BookKeeping Express, the first U.S. bookkeeping franchise focused solely on bookkeeping services, announced today the opening of the first office in Austin and across the state.  The new office is located at 401 Congress Ave. Suite 1540 in Austin, and will primarily service Metropolitan Austin, as well as the Buda and Kyle small business communities.

“I am thrilled about providing professional bookkeeping services to the Austin, Buda, and Kyle communities. A void exists locally for skilled bookkeeping services that focus on the small business community,” said Nancy Fierro, who is the owner of the new BookKeeping Express office and an area developer who will be able to continue to expand her services in the region with additional offices. “As an entrepreneur, I am excited about becoming part of the BookKeeping Express family and utilizing the brand’s experience in the industry and their proven business model to help small business owners focus on growing their business.”

An experienced accounting professional, Fierro has been in the hospitality industry for 20 years, working the past 11 as a controller in various hotels. Seeking more independence and time with her new twins, Fierro decided to transition careers into entrepreneurship with the opening of BookKeeping Express in Austin.

With more than 38,000 small businesses in the region, 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.

The expansion into Austin is part of the company’s aggressive national development plan which calls for more than 400 new territories throughout the United States. Franchise and corporate locations currently exist in a number of states across the U.S., including: Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Maryland.

“The small business community is growing in Austin and around the country, and BookKeeping Express is expanding with it,” said Greg Jones, CEO of BookKeeping Express and former 1981 Penn State University football team captain. “We are looking to grow with franchisees such as Nancy who are serious about owning a business and sincere about their desire to fill a void in their communities with our distinctive services.”

As part of the BookKeeping Express franchise model, all 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.

Two options available to BookKeeping Express investors include Master Franchise or Area Development Franchise territories that can be operated out of home-based or commercial space locations; per territory start-up fees run under $50,000.

About BookKeeping Express
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.

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