The Best Podcasts for Small Business Owners in 2019
Small business owners are often so absorbed by running their business that they don’t have the time to learn new skills or look for ways to grow. Getting out the door to attend a seminar or watching an hour-long webinar from your desktop isn’t always possible.
That’s where podcasts can help. Podcasts are a great tool for learning from the experts and peers alike, and they’re easy to listen to when you’re on the go, whether you’re in the car or at the gym.
Here are some of the best business podcasts for small business owners in 2019.
When You’re Starting a Business
If you’re starting a business or working through your first busy year as a new business owner, you probably have lots of questions.
The early years of business ownership are full of ups and downs, so finding the answers you need when you need them is key. According to the SBA, 78% of businesses survive the first year, while only 50% make it past the five-year mark. What are their secrets to success? Serial entrepreneur Bill Gross has founded many businesses — some successful and some not — and hosts a fascinating TED talk called The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed. It’s just over six minutes long but has a surprising outcome. For another perspective, check out Two Reasons Companies Fail — and How to Avoid Them by business strategist Knut Haanaes.
For a curated collection of podcasts for startups, Rocketship.fm is a useful hub with episodes on all kinds of topics, including what people want from your products, how to tell compelling product stories, growth strategies, building a pricing model, the art of the sales pitch and more.
When You Need to be Inspired
Need inspiration to start the day, grow your business or be a better leader? Check out Mixergy. The site curates thousands of some of the best business podcasts from mentors, experts and small business owners and is packed with useful tips like how to overcome skepticism around your product, how to avoid running out of money in the first year and how to start a business during a stressful period of your life.
Another must-listen in the inspiration category is the Tim Ferriss Show. Tim is the acclaimed author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” and his podcasts feature a variety of guests with tips on how to be a high-performing business owner.
When You Need to Be Productive
Small business owners need to be proactive, action-oriented and focused. If you’re struggling with any of these you’ll benefit from some of the great productivity tips of Productivityist, a podcast hosted by “productivity enthusiast” Mike Vardy. Whether you’re looking to do more with your mornings or just work more efficiently, Mike and a range of guest speakers offer lots of productivity tips in 30 minutes or less.
Still stuck in a rut? Check out these TED Talks and kickstart your creativity.
If You’re a Woman in Business
For a women’s perspective on starting and growing your company, She Did it Her Way is a great resource for all-round advice and motivation to start and grow your business. The show is hosted by Amanda Boleyn, a freelancer turned full-time business owner. Amanda coaches women who are starting businesses or who have just left their corporate jobs and uses her podcast to showcase the advice and experiences of women who have done just that.
If You’re a Mom and a Business Owner
Balancing business and motherhood is a perpetual challenge. For inspiration and advice, Lara Galloway, also known as the Mom Biz Coach, speaks to women business owners and helps them define and achieve success for themselves. Lara has a weekly audio blog and a rich archive of podcasts on topics such as “Five Ways Motherhood Prepares you for Business Ownership,” “Does Your Partner Understand Why You Work?” and “Mindset Buster: I Have to Be Available for My Clients 24/7.”
If You Need Money Advice
Looking for money strategies and tips for the fiscal health of your business? SCORE, a mentoring organization sponsored by the SBA, has a huge catalog of business podcasts, many of them showcasing the struggles and successes of real-life business owners. There are some buried gems such as the best ways to get a business loan and how to manage your small business’ cash flow and inventory. View all SCORE’s finance-related podcasts here.
Glambition Radio, hosted by Ali Brown, is ranked as one of The 5 Best Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs by Inc. and is highly regarded for its business and entrepreneurial guests and their experiences with money. Even if you’re in the black, it can help provide useful guidance.
Don’t Stop There
This is by no means an exhaustive list — there are thousands of podcasts that address just about every question or pain point you might have as a business owner. Give a few of them a try, learn and apply the insights. A little extra knowledge can go a long way.