As a busy entrepreneur, it’s not uncommon to be short on time while always hungry for knowledge. Podcasts have become increasingly popular as a passive way to consume information, especially for those who are always on the go.
Driving to a client meeting? No problem! Press play on a podcast and discover the ‘power pose’ during your commute. Squeezing in a run? Perfect! Spend that time exercising your body and your mind while learning how to master content marketing.
We’re saving you some of that precious time by distilling all the great podcasts for the busy entrepreneur down to our top 5.
The James Altucher Show
Every episode of The James Altucher Show starts with: “This isn’t your average business podcast and he’s not your average host,” and he lives up to this expectation. Each week James – a successful entrepreneur and author – interviews different entrepreneurs, including well-known figures like Arianna Huffington and Gary Vaynerchuck. His casual interview style, and ability to ask questions you didn’t even know you wanted the answers to, make him one of our top podcast picks.
Listen: Check out his interview with Ariana Huffington on The Sleep Revolution.
The Pitch is like The Shark Tank got a podcast makeover. Each episode, a new startup presents their pitch to a panel of venture capitalists and investor judges. The insights and inspiration you’ll gain from this podcast will put you 10 steps closer to realizing your entrepreneurial dream.
Smart Passive Income
Pat Flynn dubs himself the “Crash Test Dummy of online business” in Smart Passive Income. He offers listeners insight into his failures and successes building an online business around “passive income” (i.e. revenue gained for your business with little manual or ongoing effort). What sets him apart is his advice is given through a distinctively ethical and transparent lens (he even displays his monthly income on his homepage). Each week he interviews a different influential entrepreneur including the likes of Tim Ferris and Ramit Sethi.
Listen: In this episode, find out how Brett Miller Quit His 6-Figure Job to Build LEGOs
Related: How to Create Passive Income
Lewis Howes – The School of Greatness
Get schooled by former pro-athlete-turned-lifestyle-entrepreneur Lewis Howes. The School of Greatness isn’t your average “classroom.” Your professors are inspiring people like Tony Robins, Russel Simmons and Lewis himself, and the syllabus includes lessons such as how to turn tragedies into triumphs and the power of high-end coaching.
Listen: In this episode, Lewis interviews accomplished author Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic fame) on how to live your most creative life:
Andy Frisella is an entrepreneur through and through. He started his first venture 17 years ago—a supplement store that brought in only $7 on the first day and now brings in $100 million annually. The MFCEO Podcast is a passion project with episodes featuring Andy, his sidekick Vaughn Kohler and a different (millionaire) entrepreneur each week. According to Andy, MFCEO will help you stay “informed, inspired and motivated to get your a** moving in the right direction to achieve your financial and personal goals.” The ‘MF’ in MFCEO stands for some words we couldn’t write in this blog post so keep in mind that this podcast is geared to those comfortable with a more, shall we say, “rough” language.
Listen: In this episode, Andy urges you not to procrastinate your commitment to greatness. Just think like Rocky: “There is no tomorrow!”
At FreshBooks, we love podcasts and are always on the search for the best ones out there. We also sponsor some of the ones mentioned above, along with other fantastic podcasts geared towards startups and entrepreneurs, including:
- Read to Lead
- 5am Miracle with Jeff Sanders
- Youpreneur by Chris Ducker
- Startup Camp
- Foundr Mag
- The Top
- The Ziglar Show
- The Freelancer
- Wits About You by Alex Cespedes
- Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle
- Side Hustle Show
- Starting From Nothing ‘The Foundation’
- The Chris Locurto Show
- The Business Rescue Roadmap
- Elise Gets Crafty
- 48 Days
- Help My Business
- Hack the Entrepreneur
Have we missed anything on this list? Please let us know in the comments below.
About the Author: Amanda is the Community Coordinator at FreshBooks. She loves executing extraordinary experiences every day both on and offline. When she’s not doing that, she is taking her dog, Jonny, on adventures or searching Toronto for the best coleslaw.