When you’re a creator, entrepreneur, or both, self-education never ends. There is always something to learn, somewhere to pivot, and someone to collaborate with. Inspiration is also a must, especially when the journey gets hard and you want to throw in the towel. We’re not saying podcasts are a magic bullet cure for any part of your hustle, but they can be a time-efficient resource for expanding your skillset. Podcasts are also an easy way to learn more about the founders who inspire you most.
Ahead, the best podcasts for entrepreneurs, side-hustlers, influencers, and anyone with ambition.
The stories behind some of the biggest (and most successful) companies ever are frequently unearthed by Guy Raz, who interviews high-profile founders about their respective journeys. If you can’t get enough of the podcast, check out the How I Built This book too.
Unsure about whether to join “The Great Resignation” or fulfill a long-held dream of entrepreneurship? Second Life, hosted by Who What Wear founder Hillary Kerr, chronicles the inspiring career changes of women at every age. It’s never too late!
Former BlogHer speaker and VOTY 100 honoree Jenell B. Stewart shares the gift of optimism through her recently-launched podcast, a gold mine of entrepreneurial gems, including but not limited to: how to start when you have a fear of starting, the most important steps for starting a business, and self-care planning. Stewart also shares helpful insights from her own journey as an influencer and brand coach.
Author, brand expert, marketing guru, and VOTY 100 honoree Julie Solomon hosts this chart-topping podcast, which might as well be the Bible for the business of influencing. You’ll find action steps, mindset advice, growth strategies, monetizing hacks, and so much more.
Host Srinivas Rao interviews an array of interesting folks – entrepreneurs, experts, artists, venture capitalists, and best-selling authors, for example – who share the kind of stories that will inspire people who feel stuck or have a creative block in their lives.
This podcast is hosted by Jeffrey Shaw, a small business consultant, and business coach. Those working for themselves and those aspiring to will love Shaw’s tactical approach to all of the pieces that make up the self-employed life; from writing your own copy to ROI on social media to making the transition from a traditional 9-5.
How does one take their brand from start-up status to global, six-figure success? Every week, host Reid Hoffman – who is also a co-founder of LinkedIn – gets the answers from CEOS who have made the leap. Brands featured include Nike, Spanx, Dropbox, and many of the other companies you probably use in your daily life.
Consider Jenna Kutcher’s wildly popular podcast a workshop for the next phase of your professional life. In addition to inspirational stories from guests like Almost 30 podcast hosts Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik (we love cross-promotion!), Kutcher delves into the nitty-gritty of topics that apply to any sort of entrepreneurial journey, whether you’re a side hustler, small business owner, or influencer.
Former BlogHer speaker and VOTY 100 honoree Candace Junee created this podcast for Christian creatives and entrepreneurs who want their hustle to remain faith-based. Besides sharing advice based on her own journey, Junee also interviews other Christian thought leaders in the business space.
There are plenty of podcasts focused on startups but what sets this one, hosted by James McKinney, a part is a focus on that first step. In other words, what was the initial choice or vision that motivated founders to begin their journey. Hearing from the people behind some of today’s biggest companies will undoubtedly leave you inspired to plot your next (or first) move.
Pat Flynn parlayed the content from his blog of the same name into this podcast. Consider it a cheat sheet for your online business, where episodes focus on building authority online, outsourcing, SEO, social media strategy, and other digital-first topics.
This podcast, backed by the Harvard Business Review, is a great resource for keeping up with business trends and hot topics in the entrepreneurial space. For example, recent episodes have been focused on equity in the workplace, what good leadership looks like, and unfair pay for women.
Bossbabe co-founders Natalie Ellis and Danielle Canty, either alone or alongside other experts, share the behind-the-scenes highs and lows of entrepreneurship. They also dedicate many episodes to tactical topics, like, for example, how to grow your TikTok audience and how to pitch brand partnerships.
Award-winning author Emma Gannon does something few other business podcasters do. Through her interviews with a range of creators, she facilitates a discussion around the interconnectedness of career, well-being, and creativity.
If you’re a perfectionist who struggles to accept the things that haven’t gone right, you’ll find solace in Day’s podcast, where guests wax poetic about the mistakes that proved to be blessings in their careers.
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