If you have followed my blog for a while you are aware that I created a LinkedIn group with the same name as my blog titled Advice for Tax Preparers. That group is devoted to the same premise as my blog in that the group provides accounting students and tax professionals the opportunity the learn, share and discuss tips and tricks on how to succeed as a tax preparer in a public accounting firm.
I have now created a new LinkedIn group called Accounting LIONs which goes in a completely different direction. This group solves a big problem for accounting students and accounting professionals who want to expand their accounting and tax professional connections on LinkedIn, but do not know enough people or have the time to do it.
The problem is that in real life you can hand your business card to someone you do not know and try to make a business connection with them. However, if you try to do that on LinkedIn the person can mark your connection invitation as “I don’t know” or SPAM (even if they know you) and if that happens too many times LinkedIn can freeze your account. This group solves that problem so you can connect with other accountants on LinkedIn on a local, regional or national level that you have not previously met.
For those that may not be aware of it, the term LION on LinkedIn stands for Linked In Open Networker. Basically, it means that you are more willing to accept LinkedIn connections from people you have not met. The problem with joining other LinkedIn LION groups is that you get too many connections from people outside of the accounting business and not enough from accounting professionals. I created this group so that you and I can connect with more people in the accounting industry without having to sift through invitations from people trying to sell us unrelated products and services. The reason that you will get a high percentage of accountants sending you invitations is that I will screen who can join the group.
To be clear, you are not required to accept LinkedIn invitations from people in the group. It simply means that you agree that you will never mark those invitation requests as “I don’t know” or SPAM. If you do not want to connect with that person then click the “X” to ignore the request and move on to other things.
As for the time you spend getting connections from accounting and tax professionals, the process is quick and easy. All you need to do is leave a comment on one of the discussion posts that you would like connections from other accountants and they will send connection invitations to you. I know it seems too good to be true, but the group works that way because I am screening who can join the group.
So if you would like to join the group then click here to see the LinkedIn group profile page and then click the join button at the top of the page. Once I get a chance to confirm from your LinkedIn profile that you an accounting student, accountant, CPA, EA or work in the accounting industry then I will add you to the group.
If you like the idea for the group please share this post on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter. As more accounting professionals find the group, it will give you a chance to expand your accounting network on LinkedIn.
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