Podcasts have been progressively growing their popularity over the past 10 years, with 44% of Americans (about 124 million people) listening to at least one online show. Podcasts are also a great place to increase your knowledge about the world of business and entrepreneurship. The best part: Most podcasts episodes are free to stream, download and share.
Discover our picks for the 15 podcasts that every business professional should listen to:
Listening to one podcast episode a day (or several, if you’re able to) can help maximize your productivity by streamlining your daily learning process. Reading books and watching video tutorials on sites like YouTube are helpful too, but they require more focus and aren’t always compatible with the busy schedules we all juggle every day.
With podcasts, you can easily pair it with other activities and multitask while listening. Episodes of your favorite show(s) can be great accompaniment during hours spent at the gym, in the kitchen, commuting to and from work, or even just decompressing at home. If it still sounds like a big commitment, think of all the idle time that could be converted into chunks of learning en route to long-term self-improvement.
Binge-watching has its place as a relaxation activity, no doubt, but, regular podcast consumption brings benefits to the table that Netflix, Hulu or Amazon streaming simply can’t match. For people who are always looking to learn something new and grow their business skill set, listening to online shows geared towards business owners and entrepreneurs is really a no-brainer.
Let’s jump right in and give you a rundown of the 10 best business-related podcasts currently available online:
Perfect for: Small business owners who want advice on how to market effectively on a budget.
Let’s kick things off with one of the internet’s foremost business podcast staples – "Duct Tape Marketing." Host John Jantsch has been running this online show for more than 10 years, building up a detailed, thought-provoking catalog of interviews and expert advice in the process. If you’re a small business owner or manager looking to grow your knowledge and learn valuable new tricks, this is the podcast for you.
Recent Episodes: “The Top Four Marketing Trends for 2019 ,” “Growing Your Business While Growing as an Entrepreneur,” “How To Reliably Generate Big Ideas for Your Business.”
Perfect for: Business owners looking for trusted advice from recognizable figures.
Billed as “the #1 business podcast on all of Apple Podcasts,” this online show has galvanized listeners around the world, earning critical acclaim and surpassing 300 million downloads in the process. The eponymous host isn’t afraid to look to non-traditional guests for expert business advice either, with past guests including the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins, Rick Rubin, Maria Sharapova and many more.
Recent Episodes: “LeBron James and his Top-Secret Trainer, Mike Mancias,” “Patrick Collison – CEO of Stripe,” “Seth Godin on How to Say ‘No,” Market Like a Professional, and Win at Life.”
Perfect for: Entrepreneurs who want inside knowledge about organizational creation, growth and sustained success.
NPR’s “How I Built This” is a great podcast for anyone looking for the backstory behind businesses that have resonated with the public, often because of the relatable entrepreneurs and the inspiring genesis stories at their respective cores. From the startup world to industries like hospitality, entertainment and sports, there’s something here for literally every business professional.
Recent Episodes: “Kickstarter: Perry Chen,” “Live Episode! Dollar Shave Club: Michael Dubin,” “Five Guys: Jerry Murrell.”
Perfect for: Small business owners looking for social media marketing advice.
Social media is one of the biggest assets that every entrepreneur needs to leverage but it’s also one of the most difficult to master. Thankfully, there’s the “Social Media Marketing Talk Show,” with live discussions that are distributed across all major podcasts platforms as well as Youtube in video form. For everything from general social media best practices to platform-specific tips, this is an essential podcast for small and big businesses alike.
Recent Episodes: “Social Media Best Practices for 2019: Insights and Research From Industry Leaders,” “Instagram and LinkedIn Rising: How Social Media Marketing Changed in 2018,” “Twitter's Edit Button: Pros, Cons, and What It Means for Marketers.”
Perfect for: Anyone who wants to hear inspiring success stories from female business owners and entrepreneurs.
With the gender pay gap continuing to plague many business sectors, it’s more important than ever before to give women motivation to not only pursue their passion but be tenacious enough to turn it into a successful career. GirlBoss Radio is a podcast that fits the bill and then some, featuring conversations with some of the world’s most recognizable female professionals. It’s advice geared towards women, but many of the lessons here are universal in scope and application.
Recent Episodes: “Maria Menounos’s Best Self-Care Advice Comes Straight From The Heart,” “Want To Be A Better Negotiator? This Podcast Is For You,” “One Of Latin America’s Most Influential Execs Has Some Killer Career Advice For You.”
Perfect for: Business professionals who are looking to optimize how they work.
For established business owners or entrepreneurs who are just starting out, consistent success is predicated not just on your achievements but also how you work towards them day-to-day. Host Adam Grant and a variety of guests weave their way through a bunch of workplace-related topics, from dealing with difficult co-workers to how to take (and love) criticism. As the show’s online description proclaims, you’ll never see your job the same way again.
Recent Episodes: “When Work Takes Over Your Life,” “Faking Your Emotions at Work,” “How to Trust People You Don’t Like.”
Perfect for: Owners, managers and entrepreneurs seeking the best in business thought leadership.
The Harvard Business Review has long been one of the foremost platforms for the most innovative and provocative thinkers in the business world. Luckily for audiophiles, they have a podcast to match, regularly spotlighting some of the world’s most important thought leaders and tackling some divisive topics when it comes running, growing and maintaining your organization’s success. Bite-sized cerebral advice at its finest.
Recent Episodes: “The Harsh Reality of Innovative Companies,” “Improving Civility in the Workplace,” “Why It’s So Hard to Sell New Products.”
Perfect for: Entrepreneurs and business professionals interested in a deep dive into the psyche of success.
Andrew Warner’s podcast “Mixergy” is another online entity that has been around for a long time, and for good reason. His in-depth conversations with business founders thought leaders and other important cultural figures can sometimes veer into uncomfortable territory, as he and his guests mine backstories to examine the powerful lessons behind starting a business and the many failures that come before any big success.
Recent Episodes: “How a Freemium Form Builder is Hitting $5M in Revenue,” “Former HomeAway CTO on Fear of Failure as a First-Time CEO and Founder,” “Can You Make Every Possible Mistake and Still Grow a Successful Business?”
Perfect for: Business owners looking to optimize and automate the online side of their operations.
Let’s face it – if your business isn’t gaining traction online with your target audience or within a specific industry, you’re putting yourself behind a giant 8-ball from an income standpoint. Enter “Smart Passive Income,” which features weekly interviews that focus on how you can build your brand online and create revenue streams that work at all times, even while you sleep. A great mix of practical advice and motivation material.
Recent Episodes: “How Alex from Travel Fashion Girl Built Her Empire,” “Massive Transformation in Six Months—Before/After with Walid Azami,” “How to Buy and Sell Websites with Empire Flippers Founder Justin Cooke.”
Perfect for: Anyone interested in the inner workings and zen nature of workplace culture.
He’s been mentioned a couple of times as a guest so far but business guru Seth Godin actually has his own podcast titled “Akimbo,” after the ancient for the bend in a river. This online show combines the concept of self-help tapes, clear-eyed insight that comes with years of business experience and the calm vibes of a meditation class. It’s a departure of sorts from the other podcasts on this list but still totally worth a listen.
Recent Episodes: “Sauce and Godiva,” “How to Get into a Famous College,” “Stop Stealing Dreams.”
Perfect for: Copywriters (or any business professional) who wants to up their copy and content game.
The premise of “The Copywriter Club,” as per their RSS feed’s show description is simple: “What if you could hang out with seriously talented copywriters […], ask them about their successes and failures, their work processes and their habits; then steal an idea or two to inspire your own work?” From webpage copy to prose for blog posts and online ads that will grab the attention of consumers, this online show is a must for anyone trying to sharpen their content skills.
Recent Episodes: “Copy and Branding,” “Why You Have to be Interesting,” “Creating Ads that Grab You by the Face.”
Perfect for: Entrepreneurs who want the lowdown on what goes in consumers’ heads.
“The Brainy Business” is a great resource for information that many business owners and consultants seek out: Why do people buy what they do? It’s a deep dive into behavioral economics and breaks down, in scientific terms, tactics your business should be using to make your product or service more appealing and position it for long-term success. Looks for actionable tips that will help you boost revenue and online engagement.
Recent Episodes: “Booms and Busts,” “Unlocking the Power of Numbers,” “The Power of Habit.”
Perfect for: Entrepreneurs who want to get motivated and inspired.
Shopify, one of the world’s e-commerce giants, turns expert advice and success stories from all corners of the internet into one of the most informative business podcasts on the internet.Some of the world’s biggest entrepreneurs, including Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuk, share practical advice that any business owner or manager can use to optimize and scale their organization over time, no matter what industry they’re in.
Recent Episodes: “Stick to Your Vision," "The Homeless Entrepreneur, Hubspot’s CMO on the Power of Inbound Marketing and How to Tell a Great Story," "Tips from a Crowdfunding Insider, Business Improv and How to Tell a Great Story."
Perfect for: Small businesses in the recreation sphere who are looking to practical tips to help them grow.
Finally, we’ve got a (shameless) plug for our own podcast here at Amilia! Whether you’re an entrepreneur thinking about building your own organization, a small business owner looking to scale and increase your revenue long-term or a seasoned veteran who wants to stay current with changing technological trends, our podcast has you covered. Check out Season 1 and subscribe for new episodes coming soon in 2019.
Recent Episodes: “Understanding the Buyer’s Journey with Ashley Wood,” “Measuring Success Through KPIs with Alex Gauthier,” “Delivering an Outstanding Customer Experience with Kyle Shewfelt.”