We had the good fortune of connecting with Lee Weinstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lee, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
My career has taught me that you have to be so much more than your career when assisting clients. You can’t just put on one hat and say, I’m an accountant, and I can’t assist you with anything else. I take pride in having knowledge in many facets of the financial world…loans, credit repair, insurance, etc. I try to provide a global business consulting and point each client in the direction that would further assist in expanding their business and continuous growth, whether by providing them with additional knowledge or introducing them to other professionals who can assist them. I try to be a one stop shop for consulting and advice, and that is what makes me unique from everyone else.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started my company almost 5 years ago, and it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. As a sole practitioner, not having any other partners to fall back on, you take on dozens of rolls: Accountant, Business Advisor, HR, IT, Therapist, Repairman, Motivational Speaker, and the list goes on. You have to be the best version of yourself for your clients, your employees, your vendors…it’s exhausting. And running your own company comes with a new surprise every day. Dealing with a sick employee, a disgruntled client, an uncooperative vendor, etc. There’s never a day without a new challenge. But don’t fool yourself. All businesses have these issues, and the ones who succeed are the ones that come back every day, work hard and persevere. That’s really the difference and how I set myself apart from everyone else. I provide that extra customer service and make sure that I am available and there for all my clients no matter what the need is.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really had to think back for this one…after all, COVID times are the new norm, so I have to remember what I used to do before having to quarantine at home…lol During COVID, inviting some friends over to my house, playing some Ping Pong, board games, and ordering in some food from my favorite sushi joint is always fun 🙂 Pre-COVID, I would take a friend to check out Griffith observatory, hike to the Hollywood sign, some good sushi restaurants (one of my favorites is Fish House in Encino), and wrap up the weekend in Vegas…you cannot do without Vegas if someone is visiting from out of town 😉
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sounds corny, but big shoutout to my dad! He has been there for me, providing invaluable advice as to how to tackle business operational problems, and acting as an informal mentor. He’s taught me how to think from everyone’s perspective and really try putting myself in other people’s shoes. Cause once you can do that, you can really listen and problem solve. Thanks Dad! 🙂