I don’t know about you, but I rolled into 2020 excited to take on the new year, having no idea what was in store for all of us.
Enter COVID-19. The majority of entrepreneurs have taken huge hits in business. Many of us have found ourselves stuck at home, jobless, and wondering what the next step is.
Take a deep breath. Even if you’re stuck in place – you’re still going places.
There has never been a better time to take control of your life, become your own boss, and achieve location independence.
But starting – and growing – your own business is no joke. It can be tough work, and it’s helpful to learn from the people who have done it all before and lived to tell the tale!
I asked fellow entrepreneurs around the globe what podcasts they had found most helpful in their business journey – and included some of my own favs as well – and compiled this list which will help take the guesswork out of your business plans and give you the tools and motivation to launch yourself to success.
Here are my favorite motivational podcasts for…
Discovering Your Niche, and Marketing the Hell Out of It:
The Jasmine Star Show – Jasmine Star is a total rockstar, and her podcast is a game-changer. Jasmine delivers you the very best business advice with a bit of wit and sass in the mix. She gives “tactical tips and a step-by-step plan to empower entrepreneurs to build a brand, market it on social media, and create a life they love.” She is a master of branding and social media marketing, and she gives raw and honest advice to her listeners.
Who it’s for: Anyone looking to find their calling, better their business, and market it like a pro.
Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast – How do I start an online business? How can I grow my business faster? Leading online marketing strategist, Amy Porterfield, answers these questions and many more to make launching your business seem simple. Amy teaches you easy to implement tips on starting, scaling, and automating your online business. She also provides insight on everything from launching an online course, to making the most of your Facebook ads.
Who it’s for: New (and learning) business owners who could benefit from a step-by-step guide to success.
CM Weekly Wrap – Content Marketing Institute’s Weekly Wrap brings you easy to digest advice in its quippy 10-minute episodes. Every week on Friday, you will be left with one great idea, one news take, and one deep thought to prep you to absolutely crush your content marketing in the coming work week.
Who it’s for: Entrepreneurs looking for quick and impactful tips on content marketing.
Unleashing Your Creativity:
2 Bobs: Conversations on the Art of Creative Entrepreneurship – If you work in a consulting or creative field, Blair Enns and David C. Baker offer excellent business advice that’s as funny as it is insightful. Named after the two Bobs in Office Space, this podcast is witty, candid, and fearless. In each episode, Blair and David take turns interviewing each other on a different theme, which is sure to delight and enlighten.
Who it’s for: Creatives looking for a little laughter, and a lot of business development advice.
The Unmistakable Creative – “If TEDTalks met Oprah, you’d have the Unmistakable Creative.” This podcast is a godsend for creative types. Listening to these thought-provoking stories from artists, entrepreneurs, best-selling authors – and even bank robbers – will help you eliminate your “writer’s block” and find the purpose behind your career.
Who it’s for: Creative entrepreneurs who want authentic insights to boost their craft.
Being a #Bosslady:
Goal Digger: The Podcast – Jenna Kutcher has a contagious energy that will lift you to your highest potential. She brings you business hacks, inspirational stories, and all her marketing tricks to help YOU become a bomb ass business lady with a killer career. This girl will turn your visions into the business of your dreams; all aboard the Goal Digger train!
Who it’s for: Ladies who want to find their calling have work feel less like WORK.
Being Motherhustler – Are you a motherhustler? In this podcast, Kareen Mills provides a safe space for the stories of kickass moms around the world. She has created a community to empower Mom Entrepreneurs everywhere in their business journey. Let’s lift each other up ladies!
Who it’s for: Mompreneurs looking for their tribe.
Changing Your Business Outlook:
The Tim Ferriss Show – From the man behind the acclaimed book “The 4-Hour Workweek” comes a podcast that is just a groundbreaking. The Tim Ferriss Show deconstructs everything you think you know about work and teaches you how to work less, earn more, and find greater enjoyment in your life. In each episode, Tim Ferriss interviews world-class performers from a variety of areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract tactics, tools, and routines from their lives, and teach you how to apply them to your own.
Who it’s for: Entrepreneurs looking to leave the grind behind them and learn time-management tricks, work habits, and life hacks to change their lives for the better.
Brave New Work – Aaron Dignan and Rodney Evens believe that the way we work is stopping us from doing the best work of our lives. And they are here to help! Each week, they tackle a common challenge at work and provide a counterintuitive solution. This podcast will have you questioning the way you do business, and changing your habits for the better…
Who it’s for: Business owners who aren’t content with “business as usual” and want to dive into the world of “Brave New Work.”
Financial Independence Podcast – Learn all about the “FIRE” methodology (Financial Independence Retire Early) from the Mad Fientist himself. Discover the strategies and tactics people have used to find success at a young age, from travel hacking, to entrepreneurship, to investing.
Who it’s for: People who want to build wealth quickly and make their money work for them.
How I Built This – Guy Raz delivers in-depth interviews with founders of some of the globe’s most amazing movements. Learn the stories behind the world’s best-known companies through the idealists and entrepreneurs who started it all – and get inspired to shake the foundations of your industry.
Who it’s for: Entrepreneurs and new business owners who want some motivation to launch their own success story.
The Ed Mylett Show – There aren’t many podcasts I could listen to for hours, but this one’s an exception. Ed Mylett, the remarkable man behind the show, has been described as “a very addictive positive mentality drug.” The Ed Mylett Show features guests from nearly every industry including business, health, collegiate and professional sports, politics, entrepreneurship, science, and entertainment. Ed Mylett has helped so many listeners find the motivation and inspiration to become the very best versions of themselves.
Who it’s for: Those looking for a life-changingly uplifting podcast to better their career and themselves.
In Before The Lock This brand new podcast from Erica Kuhl and Brian Oblinger teaches you how to create a community, improve customer experience, and be a better leader. The content has started out strong, with great tips on how to navigate the business world during lockdown.
Who it’s for: Business owners (or those recently laid off) looking for tips to get through the COVID-19 pandemic and create a loyal customer base.
Getting into the Right Mindset:
Ten Percent Happier – When the premiere episode starts with an interview of the Dalai Lama, you know you are in for a life-changing journey. Dan Harris, the author of the bestselling book “10% Happier,” uses all the tools he learned about mindfulness – after he had a full-fledged breakdown on live TV – to help you boost your own happiness.
While meditation is a common topic, this podcast also drives home the idea that happiness, calmness, and connection are all actually trainable skills. Through Dan’s unscripted interviews with scientists, gurus, scholars, and celebrities you will learn mindfulness tools to expand on your creativity, productivity, and relationship to your business.
Who it’s for: Anyone interested in furthering their meditation practice, or learning the importance of mindfulness from the pros themselves.
New Mindset, Who Dis? – A self-proclaimed “dudebro guy,” Case Kenny offers no-fluff, no-nonsense tips to help you live your best life. In “New Mindset, Who Dis?” he offers his personal thoughts on wellness, healthy mindsets, and self-improvement. His podcast feels incredibly authentic and relatable, like your best friend giving you the pep talk you really needed.
Who it’s for: Anyone who wants short, sweet, and simple self-improvement tips (without all the spiritual guru talk).
Just sit back, press play, and listen your way to greatness.
You’ve got this. Go get ‘em, tiger.