Podcasts are a quick and easy way to glean new tips or get inspired when you're short on time.
- Listening to podcasts is a great way for entrepreneurs to glean critical business lessons, as well as helpful tips, from veteran business leaders.
- Most episodes are around a half-hour in length, which makes it easy to fit them into your busy schedule.
- Business podcasts featuring success stories inspire entrepreneurs to keep going or to try a new strategy they wouldn't have tried otherwise.
Podcasts have become one of the most popular forms of modern media, with topics such as history, true crime, fashion, and, of course, entrepreneurship and business. Business owners and CEOs have shared their stories with the hope of inspiring others or helping new entrepreneurs learn from their mistakes. One of the podcasts on our list, How I Built This, is dedicated to talking about every aspect of entrepreneurship, including the blood, sweat and tears and not-so-glamorous moments that come with running your own business.
Podcasts come in a variety of lengths and styles – there's something out there for every solopreneur and small business owner, whether it's taking to heart the critical lessons other entrepreneurs learned, seeing what opportunities are out there for building a business, or getting a 20-minute lesson on content monetization.
Here are 10 of our favorite podcasts for entrepreneurs.
The Indicator from Planet Money
The Indicator by Planet Money covers the economy and business in creative, entertaining sessions involving games, challenges, interviews with experts and more. New episodes are posted every weekday on NPR and typically last anywhere from six to 20 minutes. Episodes focus on current events, business, the economy, and anything in between, making for an engaging and diverse show. Recent episodes include "How Does the Economy Influence Voters" and "Politics and the Trade War."
The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss is an author and self-proclaimed "human guinea pig." His weekly podcast covers various topics such as investing and art, and is one of the most popular business podcasts on iTunes. Ferriss interviews experts and performers for insights, relevant products, positive habits and routines, and strategies for success. Past guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins and hundreds more.
The Successful Mind
After surviving a nearly fatal accident as a forklift operator, David Neagle changed the trajectory of his life. He is now a successful business coach and multimillion-dollar business owner who shares his thoughts on how a successful mindset can put you on the right path on The Successful Mind. Past episode topics have covered how to find happiness, overcoming obstacles and how to form a belief system.
Youpreneur FM, hosted by Chris Ducker, is a weekly podcast that introduces listeners to top online business leaders and personal branding entrepreneurs. Each episode ranges in length from five minutes to one hour, and cover a range of topics such as how to build a personal brand, how you can market yourself as an industry expert, and how to launch online products and services. Solopreneurs, consultants, bloggers, and freelancers will love this podcast for its straightforward, actionable advice and multiple resources, including a book and online "next step" assessment tool.
StartUp covers the nitty-gritty of what it's really like to start a business and get it off the ground. Episodes run about 30 minutes each and cover topics from how to choose a name for your company, why China is trying to change its image, and how to balance entrepreneurship with parenthood. Host Alex Blumberg is an award-winning radio journalist, the former producer for This American Life and the co-founder of NPR's Planet Money. His co-host, Lisa Chow, was previously a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight and a reporter at NPR's Planet Money and WNYC. The first season was adapted into an ABC sitcom called alex, Inc.
Entrepreneurs on Fire
Entrepreneurs on Fire is a daily podcast that features interviews by John Lee Dumas with today's most successful entrepreneurs. Each episode runs 20 to 30 minutes (bonus reports are longer), and each interviewee shares their personal entrepreneurial journey – their worst entrepreneurial moment, an aha moment that turned their idea into success, and more. Episodes include "How to Double Your Business in 90 Days," "6 Ways to Add Multiple Revenue Streams to Your Online Business," and "Develop a Concept, Create a Plan, and Become Profitable from Day 1."
Marketing Over Coffee
Marketing Over Coffee is as casual and conversational as its name implies. Hosts Christopher S. Penn and John J. Wall deliver episodes packed with useful marketing tips. Recorded and published every Thursday morning, each podcast lasts 20 to 40 minutes, and regular listeners say they don't miss an episode. Wall and Penn regularly cover topics focused on social media, SEO and search marketing, email marketing, and how to incorporate "old school" marketing methods into a modern marketing world.
The Blogging Millionaire
Host Brandon Gaille certainly knows his stuff – his blog has 2 million monthly visitors, and now shares his secrets on his podcast. With episodes clocking in at around 10 minutes each, The Blogging Millionaire quickly and effectively teaches the strategies professional bloggers use to build traffic and monetize their work. The podcast covers such topics as SEO hacks, how to write an effective blog title, and tips for using tools like Mailchimp and Canva. He also discusses the behind-the-scenes aspects of ranking on Google, how to find high-paying affiliates, and tips and tricks on being focused and productive.
Behind the Brilliance
Behind the Brilliance is a weekly long-form podcast that offers conversations with some of the world's leading innovators in a variety of industries. Guests include entrepreneurs, journalists, fitness leaders and more. Host Lisa Nicole Bell leads conversations on how her guests found their path in life and how listeners can design their ideal lives in their own fields. Described as the Oprah Winfrey show in a podcast, Lisa shines a light on the inner workings of creative people in all types of industries, allowing listeners to get a personal glimpse into what it's really like to be an editor-in-chief, a historian, a fitness CEO and more. It's a great way to gain inspiration from unexpected sources.
How I Built This
Hosted by Guy Raz, How I Built This delves into the origins of some of the world's largest and most successful companies in an engaging narrative format. The podcast leaves nothing out, including all the blood, sweat and tears that go into building a business. The business founders and CEOs featured on the show discuss how they were inspired to start their business and when their hard work finally paid off. Raz also explores with guests the impact their businesses have had on the world. Recent episodes explore the origins of apparel company Outdoor Voices, with founder Tyler Haney sharing her vision of casual, everyday athletic wear and how the late Jake Burton, who whittled snowboards in a shed in Vermont, grew his business, Burton Snowboards, into the largest snowboard brand in the world and launched an entirely new sport into the mainstream.
Additional reporting by Sammi Caramela and Pamela Oldham.