7 Podcasts to Make You a Smarter Business Owner

7 Podcasts to Make You a Smarter Business Owner

Finding time for learning or personal growth can be hard for a busy business owner. But some of the smartest entrepreneurs make the time to learn from others.

One of the quickest and easiest ways can be to listen to podcasts. Even if you break up a single episode into 10- or 15-minute time blocks throughout the course of a week, listening to other owners and experts may help you run your business more efficiently and effectively.

Here are seven current business podcasts to check out:

1. Entrepreneur On Fire

John Lee Dumas, aka “JDL,” is the founder and host behind this podcast that features interviews with entrepreneurs focused on executing plans and “putting in the work.” Tips and insights range from how to scale a business, to quickly growing your email list for free.

Every month this podcast features an income report with a behind-the-scenes look at the ups and downs of running a business.

2. Smart Passive Income

If your business is online only (or if want to start an online business) this podcast may help. Pat Flynn, a 30-something Dad who was laid off in 2008, says he was studying for an architectural exam when he realized he could create an income stream from a website. Hence his podcast that focuses on optimizing a passive income stream by running an online business. Topics range from writing more engaging marketing copy, creating a personal brand, making money with the skills you already possess, to the art of scaling a business.

Check out the interview with an Israeli-based designer, Sagi Shrieber, who hired a coach and was able to get out of $50k in debt in less than a year and launched his own podcast.

3. Masters in Business

This podcast offers current market insights and trends for business professionals who want to understand the topics making headlines.

Cryptocurrency, emerging markets, tariffs, the economy — Bloomberg columnist Barry Ritholtz delves into these topics with experts in the field and top journalists. Recent highlights include Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber discussing IP and how to copyright harmonies, and Dimensional Fund Advisors co-CEO Dave Butler’s take on how top athletes should think about managing wealth.

4. So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

Inc. magazine named So Money with Farnoosh Torabi the top podcast to grow your business, and Entrepreneur magazine named this the top female-hosted podcast of 2017. Interviews range from a former Ringling Brothers’ employee who founded his own management consulting firm, to a residential and commercial real estate developer who grew his business from a $40,000 loan from his grandmother. Torabi also answers financial questions about helping family members, saving money, switching careers and other business advice.

5. The Solopreneur Hour

Michael O’Neal’s focus is showing how “unemployable people” can make a living doing what they love. Started in 2013, this podcast now has more than 700 interviews with various “solopreneurs” who started working for themselves.

Each Friday there’s a coaching hour where listeners can send questions. Get practical tips and tools to help run a more efficient business with conversational interviews from other “co-hosts” who are business guests on the show.

6. Being Boss

Not sure if you want to run your own business, consult as a freelancer, or have a side hustle? Co-hosts Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon delve into what kind of boss you’d like to be. Learn about more effective habits, routines and mindsets.

Episode topics range from how to find your online creative community to how to spend less money while making more money, to getting a book deal and juggling daycare. While this is generally a female-focused podcast, it is relevant for all business owners and includes important tips on everything from how to say no to using social media tools.

7. How I Built This

Want to know how some of the world’s most well-known companies grew their businesses? NPR’s Guy Raz interviews the brains behind some of the largest brands. Interviews include innovators and entrepreneurs behind companies such as Lyft, Lululemon Athletica, Honest Tea, Airbnb, Instagram, Southwest Airlines and Bob’s Red Mill. This series will give you the back stories on how many big brands got their start.

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