With busy work schedules it is hard to keep up with all the great content that is available across the web, especially as a small business owner. While you are building your business there are bound to be times where you need advice in specific areas from experts, but you may not have the budget to pay for that advice. Podcasts can be a great option for learning about different parts of the business-building experience, including finance, marketing and just entrepreneurship, in general. To start you off on your learning journey, here are 17 small business podcasts to listen to on the go:
The other thing to keep in mind is that listening to podcasts doesn’t need to be complicated. Whether you’re on your desktop, on your smartphone or your car, it’s easy to stream your favorite podcast from just about any device. The 2 most popular podcast players are Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Followed by Amazon Podcasts, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Tunein, iHeart, Overcast, Soundcloud and many more.
Live podcasts are great for churches, artists and creators. My favorite app to listen to live podcasts on is Podbean. You’ll also find some podcasters using Twitter Spaces.
If you’re interested in obtaining the transcript from your favorite podcaster you can find the show notes from most podcasters on their website or on Listen Notes. Some podcasters will also provide CC on their videos. This is especially helpful if you’re in a place where you can’t listen to the audio, but can read the text on your screen.
While podcasters have streamed their videos on Youtube and Facebook for many years, it’s never been a good experience. Let’s face it, most people can’t stand the user experience on Google and Meta products. Why? Because they’re the 2 dominant forces in the digital advertising world. What this means for the user is a poor experience. Google and Meta will always view it’s users as a monetization vehicle. Every view, every click – must equal a payout. Spotify and Anchor (owned by Spotify) are leading the pack when it comes to video podcasts. It’s easy to stream it on the apps. If you don’t have a paid subscription you’ll hear some ads but it’s a whole lot less than Google’s and Meta’s platforms.
Whatever your business conundrum, there’s a TED Talk for that—whether you want to learn how to land that promotion, set smart goals, undo injustice at work, or unlock the next big innovation. Every Monday, host Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world. After the talk, you’ll get a mini-lesson from Modupe on how to apply the ideas in your own life. Because business evolves every day, and our ideas about it should, too.
Listen Now: https://www.ted.com/podcasts/ted_business
The Mindset Mentor
The Mindset Mentor™ podcast is designed for anyone desiring motivation, direction, and focus in life. Host Rob Dial has amassed a passionate following of over 3 million social media followers, including business professionals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners with his expertise and passion for helping motivate people to become the best version of themselves. In this podcast, Rob blends neurology, neurobiology, psychology, early childhood development, cognitive behavioral therapy so that you can understand the way your brain and body work together, because when you understand yourself, it makes it much easier to make a plan to change and succeed. When you master your mindset, you master your life. Over the past 15 years, he has studied with some of the greatest thought leaders of our time like Tony Robbins, Ram Dass, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Jay Shetty, Andrew Huberman and many more. If you’re ready to take your life to the next level, are searching for more purpose or you just need extra inspiration or motivation, tune in to The Mindset Mentor Podcast.
Listen Now: https://robdial.com/podcast/
The Next Chapter
Join host Cardiff Garcia as he speaks with best-selling authors from around the world of business. Each episode will focus on an essential work in our guest’s career, and culminate in a look ahead to their next chapter. The series will offer inspiration for those looking to expand their business or elevate their career. This season, our guests will be Angela Duckworth on “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Mori Taheripour on “Bring Yourself: How to Harness the Power of Connection to Negotiate Fearlessly,” and Luvvie Ajayi Jones on “Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual.” Plus, Adam Grant on “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World,” Priya Parker on “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters,” and Malcolm Gladwell discussing his work at Pushkin Industries and on the podcast “Revisionist History.”
Listen Now: https://www.americanexpress.com/en-us/business/trends-and-insights/podcasts/the-next-chapter
Wisdom From the Top
From the creator of How I Built This, host Guy Raz invites you to listen in as he talks to leadership experts and the visionary leaders of some of the world’s biggest brands. Along the way, you’ll hear accounts of crisis, failure, turnaround, and triumph, as the leaders reveal their secrets on their way to the top. These are stories that didn’t make it into their company bios, and valuable lessons for anyone trying to make it in business.
Listen Now: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510363/wisdom-from-the-top
How I Built This
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
Listen Now: https://www.guyraz.com/#podcasts
Exchanges at Goldman Sachs
In each episode of “Exchanges at Goldman Sachs,” people from the firm share their insights on developments shaping industries, markets and the global economy.
Listen Now: https://www.goldmansachs.com/insights/series/exchanges-at-goldman-sachs/
Small Business Tax Savings Podcast
The Small Business Tax Savings Podcast is designed specifically for small business owners. We focus on tax savings and ways to have a financially sound back bone to your small business. Our goal is to have you paying the least amount in taxes as legally possible. Hosted by by Mike Jesowshek, CPA, this is a quick hitting podcast aimed to get you important information without all the fluff.
Listen Now: https://www.taxsavingspodcast.com/
Every weekday, host Kai Ryssdal helps you make sense of the day’s business and economic news — no econ degree or finance background required. “Marketplace” takes you beyond the numbers, bringing you context. Our team of reporters all over the world speak with CEOs, policymakers and regular people just trying to get by.
Listen Now: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace/
Think Business with Tyler
Hey Entrepreneurs! Are you going full speed just trying to keep up? Do you feel you have more losses than wins? Join me on a journey as we have real conversations with business owners about struggles, successes, and tips so we can get you quicker results with no fluff. And, get YOU to your next win now!
Listen Now: https://thinktyler.com/podcast-think-business-with-tyler/
The Lucky Titan Podcast
So the big question is this…how did some of the world’s top entrepreneurs create a cult-like following for their products and services and yet still remain profitable? I’ve spent the past 5 years interviewing over 1000 of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs to find out what they did to build their own community of raving fans. On this podcast, we will uncover the secrets that these entrepreneurs used to grow hyperactive social media followings, massive email lists, and paid communities to become the TITANS in their industries.
Listen Now: https://podcast.theluckytitan.com/
The 10-Minute Entrepreneur
The 10 Minute Entrepreneur is a podcast for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Seasoned serial entrepreneur Sean Castrina shares quick hitting tips to help equip you for success. Both tactical and practical, Sean’s advice will help you thrive.
Listen Now: https://seancastrina.com/podcasts/10-minute-entrepreneur/
This Week in Startups
Every day, Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood cover startups, technology, markets, media, crypto, and the all the hottest topics in business and tech. They also interview the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors and innovators.
Listen Now: https://thisweekinstartups.com/
The Goal Digger Podcast
Host Jenna Kutcher brings you the productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks, and inspirational stories that help YOU design your dream career. Because work shouldn’t feel like work.
Listen Now: https://jennakutcherblog.com/goal-digger-podcast/
Startups for the Rest of Us
The longest running (and most popular) podcast for bootstrapped and mostly bootstrapped startups, this show follow the stories of founders as they start, acquire, and grow SaaS companies. Hear when they fail, struggle, succeed, and take you with them through the tumultuous life of a SaaS founder. If you like Mixergy, This Week in Startups, or SaaStr, you’ll enjoy Startup for the Rest of Us.
Listen Now: https://www.startupsfortherestofus.com/
Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Each week, experienced entrepreneurs and innovators come to Stanford University to candidly share lessons they’ve learned while developing, launching and scaling disruptive ideas. The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series is produced by Stanford eCorner during fall, winter and spring quarters.
Listen Now: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/series/etl/
Transform your challenges into opportunities. The purpose of the Dadpreneur Podcast is to help businesses discover what’s new and what works in Digital Marketing. I’ve been where you are – which is why I understand the challenges that come with navigating today’s ever-changing Business landscape. But the reality of the digital world is that you better show up, and show up big. I’ll also discuss the dynamics of Family & Business.
Listen Now: https://dadpreneur.co/listen/
Marketing Over Coffee
Marketing Over Coffee meets at the intersection of marketing and technology. We also feature interviews with people like Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, Ann Handley, David Meerman Scott, Mitch Joel, and more.
Listen Now: https://www.marketingovercoffee.com/
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Transform your challenges into opportunities. The purpose of the Dadpreneur Podcast is to help businesses discover what’s new and what works in Business and Digital Marketing. I’ve been where you are – which is why I understand the challenges that come with navigating today’s ever-changing business landscape. I’ll also discuss the dynamics of family and business.