1. A person or thing that causes something to happen or develop more quickly.

At Dark Horse, our goal is to accelerate your path to Principal. Then you can manage your own clients, own your own book, and start getting the most out of your profession.

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Pain Points

If you are like many people working in Public Accounting, the following Pain Points may have crossed your mind...

“What does growth look like?”
“What goes into my compensation or bonus structure?”
“Seems like promotions are based on unknown factors and not the work I do...”
Is my current firm the type of firm that I want to buy into?
“I have always wanted to go out on my own, but there are too many unkowns/risks involved”
“What are my metrics for success?”
“This is a lot of work with not a lot of upside...”
How long will it take this firm to change and keep up with the times?

What is an Accelerator?

Accelerators are new hires at Dark Horse who do not have an existing book of business and are building up their clients from scratch. Often these are Senior Managers, Senior Tax Managers, and Principals/Partners at their previous firms (who can’t bring over business or chose not to). We call them Accelerators because of how we “accelerate” them through our process to become a Principal of Dark Horse CPAs.

The goal of the program.

Our goal is to turn you into a Principal of the firm by providing you with the structure, opportunities, and support needed to develop your OWN client base. This is done through direct ownership of your book of business and equity participation in the firm.

Success Stories

The Dark Horse difference.

Support On All Sides

Hands-off compliance

You’ll be covered by the Peer Reviews we do at a firm-level, and you won’t have to worry about administering your own corporation, payroll, professional liability insurance, etc.

On-demand fractional and full-time staffing

We have both domestic and overseas staff that can handle everything from administrative work to accounting and tax work. You can hire your own support as well.

A supportive peer group that will help you GROW!

Dark Horse CPAs stick together. We help each other grow in all areas of accounting and tax and emerging issues (think COVID-relief legislation, changing tax guidance, etc.)

Support On All Sides

Your pay & benefits.

The compensation structure for our Accelerators is different compared to anything else you may have experienced in accounting. Here it is in a nutshell—all benefits + base salary + 50/50 split on all billings = Your Comp Plan.

We Give You A Sweet Benefits Package

  • Medical Coverage
  • 401K Match
  • Unlimited Time Off
  • Cell Phone

And more!

You Choose Your Salary

How much you get paid is up to you. You can take the base salary only or add a draw from your future earnings to help you meet your financial needs.

We Pay You For Your Performance

We split billings 50/50 with Accelerators, in real time, for any client you serve. If you’ve taken the optional draw for your salary, your commission is used to pay that back. If you don’t have a draw, you earn that commission on your next paycheck.

You Level Up to Principal

You Level-Up to Principal over time, as your book of business grows, your compensation/payouts will start becoming more substantial and completely tied to your book of business. Which will bring you to the financial trigger to qualify as a Principal of the firm.

Success stories.

The growth was fast and furious.” Five months after joining Dark Horse, John’s business was self-sustaining; he had more than enough revenue to qualify to become a Principal and, as such, was made an equity Principal in the firm. Over the two years since joining Dark Horse, his business has doubled in size, and he now has two employees working for him to support the client base.
John Warner
St. Louis, MO
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How it all works.

Step 1


Step 1 is identifying if you are a good fit for us and that we are a good fit for you. This model is not for everyone, and we get it. Our goal is to get you all the information you need to feel comfortable in that decision.

Step 2

Training Program

We do things a little differently, and we want you to be ready. The first 2 weeks are focused on training on our systems, processes, and customer engagement, followed by weekly coaching sessions for your first 3 months.

Step 3

Build Your Book

You begin taking on inbound inquiries, managing clients end-to-end with a financial target of $150,000 in annual recurring revenue. Once they have signed, we support you in client communication, quoting/engagement, and workflow management.

Step 4

Graduate to Principal

Once you start servicing clients, you are building your book-up business to qualify you for Principal. This includes financial, reputational, and awareness benchmarks.

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