Attentive entrepreneurs are always looking for some good advice. And while many might not have the time to spend with a book or the clout to land a discussion with a prominent personality, there’s a good chance they’ll have the time for some beneficial passive listening.
Podcasts, or pre-recorded audio shows, have become a popular medium to broadcast business advice, including content marketing tips, news delivery and interviews. They cover a range of topics, including entrepreneurship and small business. If you have some time to spare, here are 10 podcasts that focus on entrepreneurship and running a business.
1. The New Business Podcast
Entrepreneur Chris Ducker’s “The New Business” podcast helps listeners utilize his “New Business” style of marketing in this irregularly released podcast that began in late 2012. It typically runs from thirty minutes to an hour. Self-described as a “serial entrepreneur, outsourcing expert, international speaker, author and small business marketing coach,” Chris helps listeners understand the new economy and teaches them how to do business in new ways that can benefit them immediately. Chris and relevant guests tackle topics such as search engine optimization (SEO), video content, marketing, publishing and network building.
2. The Smart Passive Income Podcast
In this daily podcast, which runs between 10 and 15 minutes, 30-year-old entrepreneur Pat Flynn answers audience-submitted questions. After being laid off in 2008, Pat was able to earn more money and gain work flexibility by becoming an entrepreneur. He discusses a wide range of topics, including audience building, virtual assistants and online business. If you have a question for Pat, you can submit it via his website and even plug your site in your question, but per guidelines, you can only mention it once. Recent episodes include “How to Raise Capital for Your Startup” and “Broke on a Friend’s Couch to Successful Entrepreneur.”
3. Manager Tools Podcast
Since 2005, Mike Auzenne and Mark Horstman have provided guidance and explained steps professionals can take to become more effective in their business. “The Manager Tools” series helps professionals achieve their management and career objectives. Some of the popular “guidances” include only checking and sending emails three times a day, preparing for a meeting where politics will be involved, prioritizing your scheduling responsibilities and asking for—rather than just stating—your desires to be fulfilled at work. “Manager Tools” also hosts a number of other podcasts that will be worth your time.
4. The EntreLeadership Podcast
Hosted by Chris Hogan, the “EntreLeadership” podcast contains lessons from entrepreneur Dave Ramsey along with guest interviews from industry experts. Usually releasing two episodes a month and ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, the “EntreLeadership” podcast focuses on lessons in business, team building and leadership. Episode topics include the science behind leadership, small choices leading to big changes and working with passion.
5. This Old Marketing Podcast
“This Old Marketing” is a weekly podcast that runs about 45 minutes and features Robert Rose and Joe Pulizzi, who explain how you can use content to reach customers. They cover stories in the news, discussing the current landscape and examples of successful content marketing. They titled the podcast “This Old Marketing” in order to point out that content marketing—though typically associated with tech companies—is actually an old marketing strategy. Topics include the death of guest blogging, the future of interactive devices and a discussion about content marketing versus content strategy.
6. Starting From Nothing Podcast
The Foundation presents “Starting From Nothing,” a weekly podcast that runs about 40 minutes. Each week, an entrepreneur tells his or her story about how they built their business, highlighting strategies that proved effective. Each episode also includes an “action guide,” which offers step-by-step methods for success. Episode topics include reevaluating priorities after a trip to the doctor, the story of Jason Fried and 37Signals, and finding customers when launching a business.
7. Seth Godin’s Startup School Podcast
Seth Godin hosted “Startup School,” a 15-episode podcast that ended in 2013. Described as a thought leader in the business and marketing worlds, Seth and 30 entrepreneurs collaborate and explore how to run and build a business. Startup School contains methodologies you can employ to make sure you are on the right track when starting up. Episode topics include raising money, creating scarcity, adjusting the course and compromising.
8. EntreprenurOnFire Podcast
John Lee Dumas hosts the “EntrepreneurOnFire” podcast seven days a week. The series features entrepreneurs sharing career highlights, including successes and failures. Each episode contains “The Lightening Round,” where resources and steps of action are provided for you. Popular topics include Russ Whitney overcoming a difficult childhood to create a successful life and business, James Woosley explaining how to move ideas from planning to implementation, and Christof Appel launching a startup after losing it all.
9. The Entrepreneurs Podcast
Since 2011, Monocle 24 has presented “The Entrepreneurs,” a weekly hour-long podcast for those who own or want to own a business. Each episode features interviews that attempt to enlighten aspiring entrepreneurs. The podcast covers a wide range of topics; for example, Edition 121 includes reasoning for staying at a hostel on a business trip, following a Dutch architect, understanding why startups have done well in a challenging Turkish economy, checking out an art-rental service, exploring the balance of a green agenda versus business interests in Denmark, and a look into a branding overhaul at a U.K. mall.
10. Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast
Held every Wednesday on the Stanford University campus, this podcast is actually a lecture series that goes back many years. As a podcast, “Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders” goes back all the way to 2005; it even includes a young Mark Zuckerberg telling a group of students that “the Facebook” is not a social network. While most lectures focus on a company or entrepreneur, they are filled with useful, inspirational and sometimes personal information about how to start and grow a successful business.