DoughGetters Accounting™ is a bleeding edge accounting technology company that provides world class accounting and related services embracing the radical change we are already seeing in the accounting world.
Our business is fully digital. We don’t do servers, networks, printers, scanners, paper and pens as that is no longer relevant. We push the future of accounting.
We don’t operate from a central office location (in fact, we don’t have or need an office) and all our franchisees and team members work from locations of their choice.
Our focus is on high quality, efficient and timely service delivery. In 2020 we were announced by Xero the Emerging Firm of the Year in South Africa. We are also a Platinum Xero Partner and only support cloud-based solutions.
DoughGetters Accounting™ operates a fully digital accounting business providing outsourced bookkeeping, accounting and tax compliance services to our customers from anywhere with an internet connection.
We are also App Integration specialists and provide consulting services to companies who wish to convert to the cloud and for those already in the cloud, we source apps that plug into the accounting and other systems to make our clients lives much simpler.
The master franchisor is Dough Getters (Pty) Ltd and trades as DoughGetters Accounting™. The founders of the business are Murray Barnetson CA(SA) and Willem Haarhoff CA(SA) who both have had successful multi-national corporate careers as Chartered Accountants collectively spanning more than 50 years.
In 2012 Murray founded Part Time FD™ in South Africa to provide outsourced financial director services to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with a strong focus on cloud accounting technologies and the traditional attention to detail. In 2013, Part Time FD™ became one of the first Xero Partners in South Africa and reached Bronze Partner status shortly thereafter. On 1 October 2016, Murray merged his business interests with that of Willem under the Part Time FD™ banner.
Financial director services are difficult to scale so the duo created DoughGetters Accounting™ in early 2017 to reposition and drive the Group’s outsourced accounting and tax compliance service business to become a pace-setting digital accounting business that does not only provide outsourced operational support to SMEs, but also to lead its clients into the 4th Industrial Revolution by guiding them with the design, creation and implementation of their own bespoke integrated digital eco-systems.
The Group continues to partner with Xero as its preferred digital accounting enabling platform and reached Gold Partner status during the latter half of 2018.
The Franchisor, nor any of its executive officers, has any other franchise operation, either alone or with others, in the past 5 years, and no such operation has been discontinued.
Starting a new business requires thousands and thousands of hours researching, designing, implementing and continuously tweaking internal business processes, marketing campaigns and other “under the hood” activities nobody thinks of until they must do it.
DoughGetters Accounting™ provides all this plus groupthink knowledge, technology leadership, innovation and more on day one. Buying into the DoughGetters Accounting™ Franchise system provides you with a massive kickstart into your business. We provide as much or as little support that you may need. This could include supplementing your staffing requirements giving you a chance to find your feet without worrying about unnecessary overheads, direct access to fifty years of financial director level experience, or detailed technical support on a new app your client wants to implement.
The latest research from Xero shows that approximately 60% of accounting firms will not be in business in the next 5 to 10 years due to their failure to embrace technology. Most traditional accounting firms don’t even know where or how to begin the journey towards becoming a digital firm. Some do but only have a “cloud accounting division” somewhere in a “dusty basement office with no windows” – they also don’t fully understand what a future accounting firm looks like. For us, however, the new technologies are what makes the fire burn within us. I guess one could say we are future proofing your accounting business.
Also, according to IFAC’s most recent survey the most significant challenges experienced by accounting firms today are pressure on fees, competition and attracting new clients. These challenges all speak to an apparent lack of innovation. If there is no innovation, there will be no growth. If there is no growth, there is no life. In this terrible economy, DoughGetters Accounting™ is growing and we believe it is a combination of turning the accounting service delivery industry on its head plus our relentless focus on accuracy which allows us to provide proper information our clients can rely on.
DoughGetters Accounting™ is a Digital Accounting Business, the future of accounting. We have already done it, but continue to tweak it everyday as the inexorable change in technology continues to surge.
We offer prospective franchisees the opportunity to join one of the few pioneering accounting businesses in the world to be the future of accounting. You can plug in to our existing digital platform, trade as DoughGetters Accounting™, own your own business without having to recreate something we have already created over the last eight years and receive excellent marketing, business and practice development support.
Accounting is very serious business with mistakes often costing clients significant amounts of money. Accordingly, we can only accept applications from registered CA’s, AGA’s and PA’s from SAIPA. Other professional designations may also be considered depending on background and experience gained.
The following qualities are recommended:
- Attention to detail
- Relentless pursuit of perfection
- Confidence to speak up with the intelligence to keep the peace
- Good sense of humour
- Love of technology
- Business minded with entrepreneurial flair
- Good communication skills – both written and oral
- Previous experience in providing professional bookkeeping, accounting and tax compliance services is essential
One of DoughGetters Accounting™ key values is that our team is a “family away from home”. Our respect and support for each other is staggering and we require our Franchisees and their employees to embrace this and enhance it.
New franchisees undergo a two weeklong training program with a combination between theoretical and practical on-the-job training via video conference / live video. The training includes:
- Initial on-boarding and orientation
- Overview of the group, values and its people
- Our tech:
- An introduction to the digital business platform
- Xero Certified Advisor
- Receipt Bank training
- Futrli Advisor Certification
- SimplePay on-boarding
- A basic guide to integrations and APIs
- Guide to running your own accounting business
- Guide to risk management and control
- How to get the best out of your people
- How to delight your clients with top quality service
- Driving growth in a sustainable manner
- How to price your service
- Budgeting and forecasting
- Operational and financial efficiency: KPIs and related financial and non-financial analysis
- Standard operating procedures – bookkeeping, accounting and tax compliance
DoughGetters Accounting™ provides access to a cloud accounting platform allowing our Franchisees to provide a professional service from any location to any other location. For this reason, we don’t offer geo-location specific exclusivity.
We are looking for like-minded accountants anywhere in South Africa with an internet connection who want to provide a world class service to their clients by using DoughGetters Accounting™ tried and tested methodology and class-leading application integration knowledge.
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