If this is a start-up or new territory our best recommendation is for you to call the franchisor’s office and ask them if they are aware of a CPA firm that has a track record with their franchisees. If that does not work, then call some franchisees in your area and ask about their satisfaction with their accountant. Your accountant does not have to be in your city, county, or state. What you want is someone with client base experience in the type of service or business that you are starting. Accountants are often like some law firms who will take on any type of case, you do not want that. You want someone that understands you and your business. You do not just need a “tax guy/gal – preparer”. You need a firm that: (a) will help set up your chart of accounts for the best management information feedback possible, if you will be doing your own bookkeeping, (b) you can network with several times a year review your numbers and goals, (c) will be part of your business planning for the first couple of years, (d) brings experience gained from similar clients, who can reflect on what is happening in your company compared to what they observed from their other clients. It does not have to be a high powered CPA firm. If the franchisor / franchisees can not help you, then please call our nearby clients and inquire into their satisfaction with their accountant. Target a few and interview several. We recommend at least two or three interviews to find someone with which you have chemistry, a professional who seems interested in what you are doing.