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Updated: Oct 24, 2017
Podcasts have skyrocketed in popularity over the last five years — and for good reason. They’re entertaining, enlightening, and easy to listen to whether you’re commuting, squeezing in a quick workout, or simply getting some chores done.
And if you’re a business owner, podcasts might just be your new secret weapon. Listening to just one episode a week can be akin to enrolling in a mini college course (only without the financial burden) — you’ll learn new skills, get sound advice, and listen in on conversations with like-minded people.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to say “bye bye bye” to your 90s music playlist and embrace a new kind of entertainment. Here are six of the best podcasts for business owners.
Named one of the top podcasts for entrepreneurs to learn personal finance from by Inc. Magazine, this podcast is entertaining and loaded with practical advice.
Hosted by former White House writer John Corcoran, “The Smart Business Revolution Podcast” covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about business. Think: how to grow your client portfolio, rise up the ranks, increase your income, improve your social media marketing, create richer content, build a successful team, and further your career, just to name a few.
To help illustrate his points and share valuable insight, Corcoran interviews top authors and entrepreneurs such as Marie Forleo, Dan Pink, and Gary Vaynerchuk for each episode.
This show may be geared toward “broads,” but it’s a podcast anyone can get behind. Hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte, “The Broad Experience” discusses the many issues women face in the workplace.
Through a mix of sharp storytelling and engaging conversation, Milne-Tyte and her guests explore themes of race, class, sexual harassment, delegation, team-building, handling criticism, and more.
In each 20-minute episode Milne-Tyte poses important questions and provides practical tips to help women rise up in the workplace and build a culture of inclusion and equality.
Whether you’re interested in investing, psychology, entrepreneurship, philosophy, or learning how to be more productive, “The Tim Ferriss Show” has something for you.
It’s hosted by — you guessed it — entrepreneur and author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss. He uses each episode to interview a different guest (from fields as diverse as writing, chess, sports, fashion, and academia) and break down the habits and routines that contributed to that person’s success.
True to its name, “The Growth Show” explores a fundamental question in business: How do you grow an idea? A team? A company? Or a movement?
Hosted by Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot, this podcast is geared toward entrepreneurs and executives hungry for knowledge about how to water their figurative business seeds.
During each episode, Volpe asks people who’ve achieved stellar growth in their field to share their strategies and experiences. Along the way, he and his guests give listeners actionable takeaways for improving their marketing plan, brand, product, or team.
Hosted by Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive Income Blog, “The Smart Passive Income Podcast” gives listeners practical tips for building a successful online business designed to earn passive income.
Flynn is a passionate entrepreneur and self-made guy eager to share the tactics that have allowed him to support his family on passive income for years — no long hours necessary.
Exploring topics such as marketing strategy, blogging, advertising, outsourcing, automation, SEO, social media tactics, affiliate marketing, and more, Flynn breaks down what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Anyone who’s ever built something from nothing — or wanted to — will appreciate “How I Built This” from NPR.
Host Guy Raz interviews innovators and entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s most well-known brands and companies (think: Spanx, VICE, and Airbnb), and asks them to share their experiences building their businesses, as well as the insights they learned along the way.
Highly entertaining and inspiring, “How I Built This” demystifies the creative and entrepreneurial processes, giving you valuable advice and motivation to build your own big thing.
Paige Smith is a Content Marketing Writer and Senior Contributing Writer at Funding Circle. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and specializes in writing about the intersection of business, finance, and tech. Paige has written for a number of B2B industry leaders, including fintech companies, small business lenders, and business credit resource sites.