You’re balancing the books, juggling customers and trying to plan for the future. We get it — as a small business owner, your plate is always full.
But even if you’re short on time, you can still learn new business skills by listening to the right podcasts while you’re walking, driving or performing any task that leaves room for listening. These five small business podcasts offer a mix of inspiring stories and actionable information. Just press “play” to start learning.
1. Without Fail
The gist: Each week, host Alex Blumberg interviews someone “who’s taken a big bet and won or lost.” Blumberg and his guests talk through the ups and downs of success and failure — breaking down what worked and what didn’t. (And the lessons may also relate to these small business mistakes you could be making.) Guests include a mix of big names, like Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors to Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord. New episodes drop on Mondays, perfect for kicking off the work week.
Perfect if: You love good storytelling and are curious about what makes people tick.
Episode length: 30-50 minutes
2. The Reboot Podcast
The gist: The Reboot Podcast is all about the start-up life — the good and the bad. Episodes feature interviews with entrepreneurs, CEOs and start-up founders about the challenges they face, including effective communication, fear and integrity. The hosts and their guests delve deeply into the emotional and psychological aspects of being a leader, and the podcast’s handy listening guide lets you drill down on specific topics.
Perfect if: You’re just getting your business off the ground.
Episode length: 45-60 minutes
3. Marketing Smarts from MarketingProfs
The gist: In this weekly podcast, the MarketingProfs hosts interview experts from all walks of life and business backgrounds. Topics range widely and are often unexpected — one day it may be about crisis management, the next it’s about the most effective applications of artificial intelligence in marketing. Just like the other resources offered through the MarketingProfs network, this small business podcast is approachable and practical, delivering actionable tips that can help you elevate your marketing.
Perfect if: You want to fine-tune your marketing efforts.
Episode length: 30 minutes
4. Youpreneur with Chris Ducker
The gist: Youpreneur’s 340-plus episode catalog covers subjects as diverse as building, marketing, monetizing and growing your business. Some are short bursts (“A 2-Minute Guide to Influencing Others,” episode 273). Others offer a deeper look at more complex subjects (the 50-minute “How to Make More Sales Than Ever,” episode 305).
Perfect if: You want access to a range of topics in both quick-hit and long-format forms.
Episode length: 2-50 minutes
5. Entrepreneurs on Fire
The gist: In his award-winning podcast, speaker and author John Lee Dumas interviews highly successful entrepreneurs about the nuances of raising capital, driving sales without spending, using failure to grow and more. Some episodes break down complex business processes, such as “7 Steps to Designing the Perfect Funnel System for Your Business.” Others deal with more nuanced themes like “How to Deal with Anxiety Around Your Business.” This popular small business podcast has logged more than 2,000 episodes, so you’re sure to find more than a few episodes that interest you.
Perfect if: You’re looking for practical business advice and inspiration.
Episode length: 20-45 minutes
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