Entrepreneurs are ambitious people by nature. With long lists of things to do, to read and to see, there isn’t always time to squeeze in one more thing. But with so much interesting content out there, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out. Unlike books or TV, however, podcasts are the perfect form of entertainment to consume during idle time, helping you double your productivity. You can listen to podcasts while also commuting, working out or running errands. Plus, there’s no shortage of fantastic business podcasts to listen to.
To help inspire your inner entrepreneur, Seek Business Capital spoke with professionals and small business owners to find out which business podcasts are worth a listen. So, grab your phone, open your podcast app and start downloading. Here are the best business podcasts you’ve got to listen to:
1. How I Built This
“’How I Built This’ is comprised of hour-long interviews with entrepreneurs who run companies you’ve definitely heard of (think: Yelp, Method, Bob’s Red Mill) and the interviews focus on the story of their businesses, from the very beginning,” said Alexis Haselberger, time management and productivity coach and consultant at Alexis Haselberger Coaching and Consulting. “This podcast is very inspiring because you hear the nitty gritty details of how these businesses got where they are today, and you start to see that no one has it all figured out when they are first getting started. You also start to see how much luck is involved and why it’s so important to seize the opportunities that come your way. I also love that at the end of every episode they have [a] five-minute segment called ‘How You Built That’ that features a business that is just getting off the ground and having a little bit of success.”
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2. Marketing Over Coffee
“As an entrepreneur as well as a podcaster myself, I have to give a strong recommendation to the ‘Marketing Over Coffee’ podcast,” said Jeremy Goldman, founder of Firebrand Group. “It’s been one of the top marketing technology podcasts for quite some time now, and it is consistently engaging even while discussing more technical or cutting edge topics. I’ve considered new technologies and concepts thanks to this show, and the guest authors they’ve had on have consistently blown me away with their intellect. I couldn’t recommend ‘Marketing Over Coffee’ more.”
3. Entrepreneurs on Fire
“One of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs is John Lee Dumas’ ‘Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast,’” said Amanda Goldman-Petri, co-founder and CEO of branding and PR agency Fame For Good. “John has interviewed over 2,000 of the world’s most successful and most interesting entrepreneurs on this podcast dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find, launch and grow their business ideas. It’s an award-winning show with guests like Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss and more. It’s a great show to kickstart after any slump in your business. If you need motivation and the fearlessness to get up strong for another day, this is the podcast for you. In addition to cultivating a thriving community of other entrepreneurs, this podcast is an awesome learning resource with wonderful online training courses.”
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4. Goal Digger
“I’d absolutely recommend the ‘Goal Digger’ podcast by Jenna Kutcher,” said Kiara Martilla, founder of Kiara Jennifer & Co., a social media and digital public relations agency. “Jenna’s story is amazing; she went from working at Target Corp to becoming a photographer with no formal training and a camera she bought off of Craigslist. Her podcast is extremely helpful because she interviews guests in all sorts of different industries and offers advice that is applicable to many types of business owners looking to build their businesses and learn marketing strategies that actually work in the long term! She is constantly reminding her audience that she is still just a small town girl who was persistent and followed her dreams into entrepreneurship.”
5. SEO Podcast: Unknown Secrets of Internet Marketing
“One business related podcast that I consistently listen to is ‘SEO Podcast: Unknown Secrets of Internet Marketing’ by eWebResults.com,” said Matthew Ross, co-owner and COO of The Sumber Yard, a mattress review website. “I’ve found this podcast to be extremely helpful as an online-based business owner. I’ve learned countless tips and tricks from the hosts Matt and Chris as well as the guests they bring on. In fact, one of their suggestions led me to make a major change on my website, which has increased traffic by over 8 percent so far. I highly recommend any business owner that operates an online business give it a listen. Even if you don’t operate an online-based business per se, I think most entrepreneurs will find it helpful. You’ll learn how to optimize your website, analyze Google analytics and boost social engagement, which let’s face it, is quite important for any type of business in today’s day and age.”
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