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7 Podcasts You Should be Listening To

Podcasts are becoming an increasingly popular medium. With over 700,000 active podcasts, and as many as 165 million listeners in the United States alone, podcasting is growing at staggering rates. Business podcasts are among the most popular, providing listeners with information, insights, and development opportunities on the go.

For busy entrepreneurs or business owners, podcasts are an effective way to learn more about your industry, and to deepen your business knowledge. Plus, you can listen to them while commuting, working out, cooking, cleaning, or doing other multi-tasking. Further, with quality podcasts ranging in length from five minutes to over an hour, you can always find something productive that will fit into your schedule.

Podcasts are an easy and convenient way to gain new skills, acquire relevant information, and even get some much-needed inspiration. As a result, all business owners should take advantage of these great resources. Yet, with over 700,000 active podcasts and with business podcasts being one of the most popular genres, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few high-quality business podcasts that should be on everyone’s listening list whether you’re new to podcasts or whether you’re already a daily listener. 



Entrepreneurs on Fire.

Hosted by John Lee Dumas, this is an interview-focused podcast that talks with successful business owners. Each episode is around 30 to 45 minutes, and shares insights about interviewees’ biggest failures and their “aha moments.” With over 200,000 episodes, there is a stunning amount of quality content available. This podcast is well worth the listen for the unique insights it provides from other business owners, and for the quality of individuals who are interviewed.

The $100 MBA Show

Hosted by Omar Zenhom, the $100 MBA Show is a daily podcast with all episodes lasting less than 20 minutes. Zenhom does a combination of sharing his own experiences and of interviewing other experts. This is a great listen, because it’s short and it leaves listeners with actionable takeaways. It’s a good way to quickly learn something relevant and applicable every day.

HBR Ideacast

If you wish you could consistently read the Harvard Business Review, but can’t fit it in your weekly schedule, this is the perfect podcast for you. It’s a weekly podcast, with most episodes lasting about 25 minutes. Providing insight from “thinking leaders” in business and management, it’s an effective way to get a synthesized version of many of the insights from recent Harvard Business Review articles. It’s not a light listen, but it will keep you up to date with what many of the thought leaders in the industry are researching, learning, and doing.

How I Built This

How I Built This is an NPR podcast hosted by Guy Raz. In each episode, he learns about the individuals behind some of the biggest and most successful businesses. Each week, he interviews a different entrepreneur and shares their story of building a multi-million-dollar business. Every episode is around an hour and, in addition to being informative, has the storytelling style that NPR podcasts are known for. How I Built This is entertaining even for those not in the business world, and it’s an engaging way to learn from some of the best in the business. 

RISE Podcast

RISE Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by Rachel Hollis that lasts anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Each week, she interviews “fellow business powerhouses and personal development leaders.” These episodes provide a good mix of interviews, providing expertise on everything from marketing to mindset. Best of all, each episode leaves listeners with a tangible takeaway, so you can feel confident that your time listening was well spent.

Marketing Over Coffee

Hosted by Christopher Penn and John Wall, Marketing Over Coffee is an effective way for small business owners to gain the marketing knowledge that they need. With episodes lasting about 30 minutes each, it’s a good way to give yourself a weekly marketing lesson. The hosts are experts in the field and are engaging, making an accessible and easy way to build a good marketing foundation.

Art of the Hustle

Art of the Hustle should be your go-to podcast for inspiration and support. Episodes come out about every other month and are about 45 minutes each. Each episode is a pretty informal conversation that talks with entrepreneurs about successes, failures, and the things that drive them. It offers tips about how to keep moving forward and seeks to provide inspiration and advice for busy entrepreneurs. It’s well worth the listen, particularly in seasons when you’re feeling overwhelmed or scattered.

These are just a few of the high-quality, relevant business podcasts available. Start with these to get a good mix of information, advice, and inspiration. And enjoy the learning, relaxation, and inspiration that the ever-growing podcast market provides. 

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Staff Writer: Emily Koelsch is a freelance writer, blogger and small business owner in Memphis. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics from real estate to parenting. Follow her on twitter @koelschew or at futureconversationalist.com

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Staff Writer: Emily Koelsch is a freelance writer, blogger and small business owner in Memphis. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics from real estate to parenting. Follow her on twitter @koelschew or at futureconversationalist.com

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