The internet offers a wealth of free business information and advice. You can find articles on everything from writing the perfect business plan to the ins and outs of marketing your business. While quality, in-depth articles can be valuable tools, you need to sit down and read them. I prefer business podcasts, because they're easier to fit into my busy, on-the-go lifestyle.
Business podcasts cover a wide range of topics that can help you establish and grow your company. You can stream podcasts anytime, whether you're working out, driving, or commuting to work. So they're just more accessible.
Listen to just one podcast a day and, in a year, you'll have dramatically expanded your business knowledge and probably improved your company, too.
Whether you're just starting to explore the podcast world or want to find some new podcasts to add to your favorites, these 10 business podcasts are well worth a listen.
Focusing on the experience of starting a business and entrepreneurial life, StartUp
launched in 2014 and is powered by a team of women, including senior producer Molly Messick, co-host Lisa Chow, and reporter Amy Standen. Past episodes have tackled issues such as balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood, pitching a business to investors, and previous mistakes entrepreneurs have made.
Created by Andrew Warner, Mixergy features interviews with business founders. During each podcast, a founder tells their story and shares solutions to some of the challenging issues they face. Past guests have included Gabe Schillinger of Legion Beats, Max Makeev of Owl Labs, and Maria Paz Gillet of Jooycar.
3. The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, hosts this popular show, which has amassed over 300 million downloads and been included in Apple Podcasts' "Best of" ranking for three years. Ferris interviews guests such as LeBron James, Maria Sharapova, Jamie Foxx, and more, examining the routines, tactics, and tools that contribute to their success, so you can put those strategies to work in your life.
4. Business Wars
Pitting competing businesses against each other, Business Wars examines what drives a company's success or failure. Hosted by David Brown, this podcast focuses on massive companies such as Netflix, Blockbuster, Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and more.
5. Rise and Grind with Daymond John
Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU, interviews successful entrepreneurs, musicians, and athletes such as Barbara Corcoran, Ian Siegel, and more. Each interviewee shares their secrets to how they achieved success, and you can benefit from them too.
6. The Brand Builder Podcast
Looking to understand the current trends in branding? The Brand Builder Podcast examines what's working for some of the most successful brands and gives you actionable advice that you can use for your own business.
7. This Week in Startups
Longtime Silicon Valley investor Jason Calacanis hosts this series of conversations, usually with talented startup founders. If you want insight into the nuts and bolts of scaling a small business in competitive environments, this is a helpful podcast.
8. The Hirsch Marketing Underground Podcast
This podcast digs into marketing strategy with detailed, precise advice for any business. The short episodes are easy to catch while on the go, giving you new concise marketing strategies in just 15 minutes.
9. The Brainy Business
Conversion expert Melina Palmer shares tips on behavioral economics to help you better understand why people make purchases. Use these insights to increase your business' sales and customers.
10. The School of Greatness
Hosted by The New York Times best-selling author Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness examines just what it is that makes people great. Guests include business owners and entrepreneurs, celebrities, athletes, and more.
Many of these podcasts give you the opportunity to learn from hugely successful entrepreneurs and business owners. They all give you concrete tips and advice that you can apply to your company. And, whether you're looking to develop productivity habits or refine your marketing strategy, you're sure to find valuable information (and some entertainment, too) from these podcasts.