Podcasts are a perfect medium for entrepreneurs to get news, advice and insights from professionals around the world. With more than 500,000 active podcasts available, you can get regular new content on almost any topic you can think of.
And because the audio format is readily available on mobile devices, you can get the latest updates on your favorite podcasts on your commute, during travel between appointments or even while you’re eating lunch.
If you’re new to the podcasting world, or if you want to make sure you’re following the most important series for entrepreneurs, make sure to hit subscribe on these awesome podcasts:
- Indie Hackers. Indie Hackers, hosted by Courtland Allen, is a podcast that primarily features interviews with founders of successful businesses. They use the term “indie hacker” to refer to anyone who earns money without the need of an employer, so they feature not only CEOs of big businesses, but small business owners as well. Because you’ll hear from a diverse range of different founders and CEOs, you’ll learn new tactics for dealing with the struggles of entrepreneurship and you might walk away with a new idea for a product or service as well.
- Freakonomics Radio. Freakonomics Radio is hosted by Stephen Dubner, co-author of the acclaimed book Freakonomics, and it explores the “hidden side of everything.” The podcast delves into topics related to the economy, business, culture and the “weird wrinkles of human nature” as well, featuring interviews with CEOs, Nobel laureates and other experts in combination with research and unique insights. You’ll learn surprising new things about institutions you assumed you understood and get to hear from some of the brightest minds on the planet.
- HBR IdeaCast. Harvard Business Review’s IdeaCast is a weekly podcast designed to offer, as the name suggests, ideas to help you succeed. Some of their latest episodes include “You May Be a Workaholic If” and “Make Work Engaging Again,” which explore concepts of work, psychology and health in one convenient package. While most episodes could apply to anyone trying to succeed in a professional position, the podcast is especially beneficial to organizational leaders.
- School of Greatness. School of Greatness, hosted by Lewis Howes, is all about distributing stories of greatness, from entrepreneurs, business leaders, entertainers and politicians. Episodes often contain interviews with big-name personalities, but may also focus on research and insights from the host directly. And because episodes are as short as five minutes long, you can always find time to squeeze these in. It’s your regular dose of inspiration and a strong source of new strategies and advice.
- Smart Passive Income. True to the title, Smart Passive Income is all about presenting new passive income ideas to entrepreneurs, or providing insights and tips to help you maximize the passive income you’re already getting. Hosted by Pat Flynn, the weekly format features interviews with successful passive income builders, as well as research, advice and strategies for building your own passive income empire. If you’re the type of entrepreneur who likes to hedge their bets by pursuing multiple ventures and diversifying your income stream, this is a podcast you can’t afford to miss.
- The Pitch. If you like Shark Tank, you’ll probably enjoy The Pitch, a podcast hosted by Josh Muccio. More focused on entertainment than some of the other entries on this list, the format features upcoming entrepreneurs in need of venture funding as they make their pitch, live, to a panel of investors. The number of episodes here are limited (i.e., it’s not a weekly format) but there’s still lots of meaty content to hear. You’ll learn about some of the newest business ideas to emerge in entrepreneurial culture, while getting exposed to many different styles of pitching.
- TED Talks Daily. If you aren’t already watching TED Talks regularly, you should add them to your ever-growing list of content to consume. TED Talks Daily is a podcast that feature audio from TED Talks and talks from TEDx conferences around the world. Though some speakers on TED Talks Daily are entrepreneurs and business professionals, they often come from different backgrounds; scientists, engineers, doctors, educators, designers and inventors are all common. You’ll hear about cutting-edge technology, cultural problems and bold philosophical concepts, all of which can help you run your business with a more open mind (and more tools to be successful).
These podcasts have the power to help you improve your skills as an entrepreneur, and learn new skills, whether it’s marketing tactics like link building, design hacks that will improve conversion rates. They’ll introduce you to new concepts, give you exercises to improve your business and expose you to interviews with successful founders and CEOs.
While you’re downloading these, make sure to poke around so you can discover new podcasts, not on this list; new content is being added constantly, so there’s always something fresh to discover.