TaxAssist Accountants Franchise

John Biggs joined the TaxAssist Accountants Network in April 2013

30th October 2014

Since joining the TaxAssist Accountants Network in April 2013 John Biggs has traded from a shop from Epsom in Surrey. We hear about Johns experiences since joining TaxAssist.

Since joining the TaxAssist Accountants Network in April 2013 John Biggs has traded from a shop from Epsom in Surrey. We hear about Johns experiences since joining TaxAssist.

I started my career in a 4 partner firm of independent chartered accountants before moving to the Big 4 where I spent many years working in a number of countries. I also did some work in industry in the Corporate sector but really have a passion for small business – and the more time I spent with Corporates/ the big 4 the further away I seemed to get from small business.

TaxAssist Accountants - John BiggsI decided I wanted to run my own business, but having had franchised businesses as clients in the past, I had pretty much decided franchising was a good way of establishing a business reasonably quickly with less risk. The trick then became finding which franchise was best. TaxAssist Accountants seemed to have a viable and realistic business model and you seemed to get a lot for your money - although it’s not the cheapest (nor the most expensive).

While it’s not a get rich quick scheme, hard work and realistic amounts of investment seemed to offer the opportunity for reasonable reward and I know I am building a saleable asset when the time comes for me to exit.

During my research, I was impressed by the team at the Support Centre who seemed genuine and open and it seemed realistic that they would also provide a lot of support. I also liked the fact that TaxAssist is a growing brand.

Although at times I thought I might want a career change from accountancy, the reasons to find a better way of being an accountant were compelling.

I started my research into the Franchise and initially spoke with Ian Smith from Bristol who is a family friend. He gave me a very open rundown of his experience and hearing first hand a Franchisees’ experience was invaluable. I spoke with several franchisees and all that I spoke to were consistent in their messages that the model worked, Norwich does what it says on the tin – basically it’s down to you and the results will depend on your effort, approach and investment.

Since I joined the network in May 2013 my experience of the support I have received has broadly been pretty much as expected and consistent with expectations when signing up and after training. However, I’m probably putting more hours in than expected but that’s self-inflicted!

I have found that the amount of brand awareness is also greater than expected with a number of new clients having seen the brand elsewhere and come in saying "we live nearby and have seen other TaxAssist offices but since you’ve opened up here we thought we would come in now that we have one close to where we live". When I meet new clients I have found that closing sales are a lot easier than expected!

Upon joining the network, the first step is to attend the initial training course. This training is well structured and covers the range of topics to get you up and running in the business – tax, accounts, marketing and CCH. It’s probably important to be mindful that the initial training can’t provide all the knowledge for every eventuality but it certainly gives more than enough to get you off the ground and importantly you know where to go if you feel you need additional help.

While it may be easy to say we needed more practical training on CCH it would be difficult to lengthen the duration of the initial training. Additionally, to benefit from such training you probably also need to be 3 or 6 months into the job. So it’s really down to making the most of the additional training courses that are available.

I run my business from a small shop front which is perfectly located. Taking on more staff is definitely on the immediate agenda and further premises will be added when we run out of seats!

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BFA Membership Status
Award Winner
UK Years Established
20 years
Current UK Coverage
Franchisee Support Staff
Personal Investment Req.
£15,000 approx
Total Startup Cost
£36,950 approx
Shop-based business location Shop-based business location
Business to business services Business to business services
Franchisee employs and manages staff Franchisee employs and manages staff

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