Throughout the year I spend a lot of time by myself. Between traveling, commuting, and grocery shopping, I have a lot of down time. I used to hate it, but then I realized that I could use that time to learn new things. And as a perpetual learning, I thought it was a great idea to turn that down time into time I could spend learning about new things, how to further myself, my businesses, even the company I work for. That’s when I came across podcasts.
Podcasts have been around for quite some time. When I lived in DC, they were really just getting started and I listened to a lot of them. But at the time, I was single and my commute was long. Somewhere along the way, I stopped listening to podcasts. I’m not sure why. I enjoyed listening to them.
About 6 months ago though, I started listening to podcasts again. I started working more from the road or from home instead of an office these past few years. The amount of silence I’ve had in my life required me to find some sort of background noise. That’s when podcasts came into the picture. Sure, I could have watched reruns of The West Wing on Netflix. But I thought why not use that time to continue learning.
So that’s what I did. Instead of listening to music all day, I changed my schedule to allow for some mundane tasks during a couple hour block. That allowed me to listen to podcasts.
As an avid entrepreneur, here are my favorite podcasts you should be listening to if you are wanting to start or grow your business.
*The podcasts are listed in no particular order.
Side Hustle School
Side Hustle School is a daily podcast designed to help you create a new source of income without quitting your job. This podcast speaks to me on many levels. I love hearing how others are creating side hustles, what they are doing for them, how they are approaching them, and so much more.
My favorite episode is Episode 073: Florida Man Earns $100,000 Selling T-Shirts with No Inventory. I suppose I like this because you really don’t need to spend much to make this side hustle an opportunity that can bring in quite a bit of revenue with low startup costs.
Entrepreneurs on Fire is a daily podcast where John Lee Dumas interviews enrepreneurs that are on fire. They have figured out their ah-ha moment, and you will get a ton of valuable information out of each episode. My favorite episode is Episode 1895: How a 2 Person Lifestyle Business Grew to a Multi-Million Dollar Revenue Stream, Used by Salesforce, IBM, Intel and More with Aaron Agius. I loved hearing how Aaron turned his lifestyle business into a business that big players used. It’s geared towards marketing and segmentation, so if you are looking to up your game in the marketing component of your business, take a listen.
The Fizzle Show
The Fizzle Show is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders who want to earn a living doing something they care about. This is probably one of my favorite podcasts currently. Each week you get to focus more about working on your business instead of working in your business. I have a lot of favorites on this podcast, but as I’ve recently started several side hustles, I’m finding it often difficult to balance life (personal, family, friends) and the various work (day job, ExchangeWP, and other side hustles I’m working on). That’s why I think my current favorite episode from the Fizzle Show is How do you balance life and business.
Mixergy has been around for a long time. It’s one of my favorites way back when. I feel like it gained some popularity in the WordPress space when Andrew interviewed Matt Mullenweg and Chris Pearson over the GPL debate a few years ago. Since then, Andrew has interviewed dozens of interviewees and has spent significant time talking about his own story. Including during his 20s when he grew his company to hit $1 million a month in revenue.
One thing I really like about this established podcast is that Andrew has made collections, featuring podcasts that are centered around a specific topic. If you are looking to start your business this year, check out the collection around starting a business. If you are looking to grow your business this year, consider checking out the collection, getting traffic.
Actionable Marketing Podcast
Actionable Marketing Podcast is where the brightest minds in marketing share their knowledge and insights. Each week they interview a marketing expert about a marketing tactic they’ve recently seen success with. As you listen, you’ll get actions to take if you want to give the tactic a try. One of my favorite episodes is How to Use Facebook Retargeting Ads.
1 Day Business Breakthrough
1 Day Business Breakthrough podcast is all about being able to brainstorm and masterminding to achieve breakthoughs and business growth. The podcast is a mini version of their live events. Each episode is devoted to a single entrepreneurs’ most pressing business problem. In the entrepreneur’s own voice, you’ll hear about his or her greatest struggles, which will be followed by Pat’s and Chris’s thoughts on how to break through them. I love the concept and ideas of this podcast. This is a newer podcast for me, so my favorite podcast is new, Season 3 Episode 3: Embracing the Power of Content Repurposing.
The Foundr Podcast
The Foundr Podcast is hosted by Nathan Chan and is about learning from the giants and greatest minds in business today with killer interviews. In this podcast you’ll hear from successful entrepreneurs about how they have created their businesses, the challenges they faced and how they succeeded. My favorite episode is Episode 177: How Shannon Willoughby Turned Her Passion Into a $30k/Month Business.
seobits is a specialty podcast all about SEO education for business owners Run by expert and friend Rebecca Gill. In seobits, Gill interviews experts in areas that affect your website’s SEO. Each week Gill takes her 15 years of real-world SEO experience and breaks it down into bit-size pieces.
Now I’m partial to Episode 22, where Rebecca interviews me about website optimization, performance, and speed. But if you really want to hear just how good the content is, check out Episode 9: Celebrating SEO Success With Sara Dunn. In this episode Rebecca interviews Sara in a port SEO Bootcamp check-in. It’s great to hear Rebecca’s teaching with real-world results.
OfficeHours.fm is hosted by Carrie Dils. Carrie interviews a wide range of experts on a variety of topics. It’s target is small business owners, freelancers and others that provide WordPress-based products or services.
My favorite episode is on Virtual Teams, Masterminds and Personal Brands. Episode 110.
How I Built It
How I Built It is a podcast hosted by Joe Casabona where he interviews creators about how they’ve built products. It’s a great inspiration podcast for creators to hear how other creators have built their products. My favorite episode is Episode 37: Michael Sacca & Crew/Unsplash. I wasn’t aware of Crew, but I have been a big fan of Unsplash. If you aren’t familiar with Unsplash, it is a royalty free photo site.
Unemployable is a podcast curated by serial entrepreneur Brian Clark. On the podcast, Brian interviews weekly guests on how they have been able to level-up in their own businesses. Covering topics in Marketing, Development, Operations and Support, thousands of freelancers, consultants, coaches, and entrepreneurs get actionable advice and valuable resources. It’s not just a podcast, but also a weekly newsletter. Make sure you sign up for it.
One of my favorite episodes is When to Shift Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Thing.
The Solopreneur Hour
The Solopreneur Hour is all about lively conversations, candid insights and bold advice in an audio format. Michael O’Neal co-hosts the best and brightest solopreneurs from all walks of life including network marketing, internet marketing, music, fitness, actors, comedians, and more. One of my favorite episodes is a recent one by Dana Malstaff from boss-mom.com called, How to Systematize Your Solopreneur Business. Michael and Dana discuss the basics of systematizing your soloprenur biz. As a fellow process/systems person, I love hearing how others do things.
Startups for the Rest of Us
Startups for the Rest of Us is a podcast that helps developers, designers and entrepreneurs to be awesome at launching products. It doesn’t matter if you’ve built your first product or your third. Mike Taber and Rob Walling are going to help you understand the nuances to launching products as a developer. It’s a bit on a developer-centric side of things. If you already have a product in mind and are working through or starting your product launch plan, consider listening to Episode 349: Things to Consider When Building Your Launch Plan.
StartUp is a podcast about what it is like to get a business of the ground. Started by Gimlet media. It is hosted by Lisa Chow and Alex Blumberg. It brings in a number of topics around what it’s like to go all in to creating a business. One of my favorite episodes is Know Your Customer. In this day and age, it’s crucial to really know and understand your customer. While this episode is a bit old, it has some great insights that are still applicable today.
And their recent StartupBus series is great!
ZenFounder Podcast is co-hosted by husband and wife Sherry and Rob Walling. A weekly podcast that focuses on topics they’ve learned through their entrepreneurial journey. I think my favorite episode is Episode 124: Burnnout. In the solopreneur/entrepreneur/side hustle world, it’s easy to fall victim of Burnout. It’s definitely a great episode to start with if you are feeling overwhelmed juggling all the things you are working on.
Sherry is also finishing up a book, Keeping Your Sh*t Together: How to run your business without letting it run you. If you are looking for a new book, definitely check it out. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.
You have a favorite?
Do you have a favorite podcast, I should check out adding to my list? Let me know your favorites in the comments.