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Is it worth it to stay in big 4 audit if my goal is to eventually open up my own CPA firm catering to individuals and small businesses?

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Get onto audits or review projects or compilation projects for clients that will be of the size you want to target once you have your own firm. The more experience the better

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A couple of years won't hurt. Big 4 is like the golden ticket to every other accounting career. On the other hand, you don't necessarily have to have it

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As someone who services small businesses you need the experience with that market. I've worked (briefly) with Big 4 who are clueless when it comes to that market and bomb.

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There are a lot of other firms that only work on small clients, but I obviously don't know how many small clients B4 firms have. It seems to me that you'd get more relevant experience a smaller firm.

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Stay a few years, then work at a smaller firm for a bit, then strike out on your own

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