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What Clients Need from Accounting Advisors: Adam Lean

Adam Lean empowers accountants to become trusted advisors and breaking free from commoditization.

Welcome to the Accounting Influencers Podcast, going live every Monday to 150 countries and 30,000 accounting practitioners, fintech specialists and influencers in the accountancy, CPA and bookkeeping space.

In this episode, Adam Lean delves into the challenges accountants encounter in their quest to increase their income and the struggle to break free from being perceived as mere commodities. He emphasizes the need for accountants to transition into trusted advisors for small and medium-sized businesses, guiding them towards success and growth. Traditionally, accountants have been focused on recording the past, but Adam argues that they hold the potential to become forward-focused advisors, helping their clients make informed decisions for a thriving future. He stresses the importance of building trust with clients, providing clear and actionable advice, and understanding the unique needs of each business owner. By doing so, accountants can elevate their value and shake off the shackles of being seen as interchangeable entities, paving the way for a more fulfilling and prosperous profession.


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Guest Bio

Adam Lean is a dynamic individual with a background as a former accountant turned successful entrepreneur, having built, scaled, and sold two businesses. However, his true passion lies in teaching and empowering other business owners. Recognizing the importance of financial success and peace-of-mind for entrepreneurs, Adam is dedicated to providing valuable tools and resources to help them make informed decisions, increase profitability, and achieve a sense of security in their endeavors. Through his expertise and experience, he strives to make a positive impact on the lives of business owners, guiding them towards greater prosperity and fulfillment.

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